Motion sickness sucks. Whether you’re on a plane, in a car or on a boat, that type of nausea is just crippling. On top of that, it’s really embarrassing to throw up in public. It grosses people out and makes everyone, including you, uncomfortable. Imagine, then, what it must feel like to throw up while laying on top of someone…in a hang glider…2,000 feet above ground. Apparently, however, that type of airsickness is not the least bit awkward. In fact, the hang glider in this video seems to possess the magical ability to make such aerial regurgitation downright amusing (at least to the pilot, who seems positively tickled by his passenger’s condition).
We’re really left with only two questions: What did that guy have for breakfast and were the people below wearing ponchos?
Telluride, Colorado, is nothing if not an outdoor playground. Paragliding, in particular, is a summer recreational activity for locals and visitors alike. Check out this clip from the Telluride Air Force Hangliding and Paragliding Club featuring an epic ride over snow-covered peaks and through the clouds. Things culminate with several swoops over town, before a graceful landing in the high school playing field. If you make it out to Telluride for a flight of your own, try and time it to coincide with sunset.
Queenstown in New Zealand is renowned as the adventure capital of the world, but after spending a week there researching for Lonely Planet, I’ve realised some of the resort’s adrenaline fuelled activities don’t necessarily give travellers the best opportunity to experience the stupendous landscapes that surround you like out-takes from a Lord of the Rings DVD box set.
In reality some of the more popular thrill rides like the Nevis Highwire Bungy (anyone for 8.5 seconds freefall?) or the Shotover Canyon Swing are really just too damn fast to take in the incredible scenery that overwhelms every vista. But tandem hang gliding? Now that’s a different story…
I’d done skydiving before, but hang gliding is a whole new gig. Yes, it really did feel like flying as my Argentinean pilot Gerard surfed the glider on the slipping and sliding thermals rising around the ridges of Queenstown’s Coronet Peak.
Still thrilling as hell, and I’ll take fifteen minutes in the air surrounded by the dramatic peaks of the Remarkables mountain range over a sub ten-second injection of adrenaline any time.