Classic Routes Book
Classic Routes – the world’s best hang gliding and paragliding cross country routes
Classic Routes is a collection of 20 of the finest paragliding and hang gliding cross country routes in the world, told in stories and photos by some of the greatest names in the sports.
Paragliding and hang gliding are exciting and emotive adventure sports. Combining the fast reflex excitement of rally driving, the cerebral knowledge of chess with the inherent luck of poker, these sports take their participants on an absorbing adventure across the skies of the world using sun and wind alone as fuel.
Hunting out invisible currents of air to ride to great heights, paraglider and hang glider pilots hop like knights across a chessboard in an intoxicating adventure game of the purest form. It’s exciting, exacting and enthralling – man versus nature in a raw and tenacious battle of nerve and intuition.
Like great climbs, the classic paragliding and hang gliding routes are legendary adventures. This book is a collection of them, told through the words and pictures of some of the world’s most experienced pilots. Fly with them as they guide us through some of the finest landscapes in the world. Classic Routes blends a mixture of flatland and mountains, desert and jungle, urban and remote to deliver what we hope you will find to be a ‘book of flying dreams’.
01 – GOLDEN, CANADA
02 – SUN VALLEY, IDAHO
03 – SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
04 – LAKE ELSINORE, CALIFORNIA
05 – GOVERNADOR VALADARES, BRAZIL
06 – VÅGÅ, NORWAY
07 – SNOWDONIA, WALES
08 – COMBE GIBBET, ENGLAND
09 – BAVARIA, GERMANY
10 – ZILLERTAL, AUSTRIA
11 – DOLOMITES, ITALY
12 – FIESCH, SWITZERLAND
13 – ANNECY, FRANCE
14 – ECRINS, FRANCE
15 – ST ANDRE-LES-ALPES, FRANCE
16 – PIEDRAHITA, SPAIN
REST OF THE WORLD
17 – PORTERVILLE, SOUTH AFRICA
18 – MANILLA, AUSTRALIA
19 – POKHARA, NEPAL
20 – BIR, INDIA
– The first thing that leaps out of this book is the quality of the photographs. They are large, glossy and simply lush. If you get no further than looking at the pictures, it is worth the price of the book – they are breathtaking, transporting you to cloudbase over the most spectacular terrains.
When you start reading, you realise what a diverse approach to cross country flying there is amongst the writers. Each account is written by a different pilot, and each brings their own unique insight into flying. Some provide an analytical breakdown of a route, together with the insider knowledge and tips necessary to complete the challenge. Others simultaneously weave into the story the views and the feelings of excitement and the joy of flying.
This is a fascinating journey through the minds of a diverse group of cross country pilots. It is inspiring on so many levels – you can simply drool over the pictures, you can gain an insight into why we fly, or you can use it as the definitive guide to plan your future cross country trips.
Classic Routes is the most beautiful collection of words and pictures that I have ever seen in the world of free flying – a brilliant book and a “must have” for any aspiring pilots dreaming of a cross country future, or for old hands who have “been there, done that” and who want a keepsake of the good times on the wing.
Judy Leden MBE, World Hang Gliding and
– As a photographer involved in the project of Classic Routes I received a copy shortly after it had been printed. I just sent a quick note to say “Thanks”.
But after some hours regularly diving into the book and having read almost all the text, I have to say it’s really a great and complete work. The real value of Classic Routes is the precise information contained inside, and the commitment of the different writers who share their knowledge about each place and their long passion for XC flying.
Reading about places I knew really gave a me clear image of the place, the local vibrations and the right strategy for flying efficiently. It simply gives you the shivers and pushes you to buy a plane ticket. I hope life will give me the chance to visit the other places described in this book. I think we have been waiting a long time for this masterpiece about cross country flying. Now we have our XC bible!
Jérome Maupoint, France
Hardback, 192 Pages, Book Dimensions: 30 x 3 x 25 cm
Stock code: BOOK5