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Matt Thyer
(mthyer) - MLife

Locale: Pacific North West
Vol-Bivy in the Sierra on 08/08/2013 16:56:26 MDT Print View

Ten days of XC with limited resupply and plenty of walking. What a way to make distance. Makes me so jealous.

Christopher *
(cfrey.0) - M

Locale: US East Coast
Re: Vol-Bivy in the Sierra on 10/05/2013 16:00:02 MDT Print View

No way!

Forget pack-rafting ... Where is the BPL "how-to" video series for this!

Hiking Malto
(gg-man) - F
Is it legal on 10/05/2013 18:13:24 MDT Print View

In the national parks. I know BASE jumping isn't but how about this. Either way, it is super cool.

Paul Andronico
(Jakesandwich) - M

Locale: S.F. Bay Area
Crazy-Awesome! on 10/05/2013 19:53:42 MDT Print View

Wow. Very cool. Not sure it's legal, but try and catch them!

John Hillyer
(TrNameLucky) - MLife
I want to do this!!! on 10/05/2013 22:06:16 MDT Print View

Too cool!!! How do I learn how to do this and what gear do I need to do it?

spelt the enigmatic
(spelt) - F

Locale: SW/C PA
Re: Crazy-Awesome! on 10/07/2013 08:01:18 MDT Print View

This looks amazing...or I bet it would be once I finished puking and could concentrate on the views. Motion sickness-prone, bleh.

James Couch
(JBC) - M

Locale: Cascade Mountains
Paragliding/Parapenting resources on 10/07/2013 09:01:41 MDT Print View

http://www.usairnet.com/Paragliding/

Matt Thyer
(mthyer) - MLife

Locale: Pacific North West
Re: Crazy-Awesome! on 10/17/2013 16:53:51 MDT Print View

"Wow. Very cool. Not sure it's legal, but try and catch them!"

Its completely legal. The air space is administered by the FAA and foot launched soaring craft need to follow the rules laid out by that organization, but beyond that you can fly pretty much where you like (or within legal soaring airspace anyway).

Matt Thyer
(mthyer) - MLife

Locale: Pacific North West
Re: I want to do this!!! on 10/17/2013 16:57:34 MDT Print View

"Too cool!!! How do I learn how to do this and what gear do I need to do it?"

John you have to learn how to soar first. Soaring sports in the US are self regulated and managed through the US Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association. Its pretty straight forward, but getting into vol-bivy is going to require some air time and dedication. Most of these guys have at least a P4 certification and a lot of hours in the harness. I took my first vol-bivy flight when I made P3 (although I did a lot more walking than flying).

Paul Andronico
(Jakesandwich) - M

Locale: S.F. Bay Area
Legal? on 10/17/2013 17:02:31 MDT Print View

Matt, I didn't mean the flying part (which I defer on the legality to to you), but more so the camping in various spots without a permit. As as I said before, try and catch them!

Matt Thyer
(mthyer) - MLife

Locale: Pacific North West
Re: Legal? on 10/17/2013 20:18:09 MDT Print View

OIC, yeah its a bit difficult to get a permit for backcountry travel when the range of your possible camping sites could be hundreds of kilometers apart.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Vol-Bivy in the Sierra on 10/17/2013 23:35:58 MDT Print View

No thanks. I'd rather walk. "Up close and personal," as Howard Cosell used to say.

Edited by ngatel on 10/17/2013 23:36:43 MDT.

Matt Thyer
(mthyer) - MLife

Locale: Pacific North West
Re: Re: Vol-Bivy in the Sierra on 10/19/2013 11:23:35 MDT Print View

"No thanks. I'd rather walk. "Up close and personal," as Howard Cosell used to say."

Hey, you know, to each their own. Some appreciate the grand view from 17,000'.