45. TAKE FLIGHT IN A PARAGLIDER

101 Things to Do (Maui) - - Sea & Air Adventures -

A paraglider is a free-flying, foot-launched air­craft fit­ted with a har­ness sus­pended below a fab­ric wing used pri­mar­ily to sat­isfy man's la­tent de­sire to fly. Orig­i­nat­ing in the Alps in the early 1980s as a climber's de­scent tech­nique, PARAGLID­ING is said to be the EAS­I­EST AND SAFEST FORM OF

PER­SONAL FLIGHT known to man. It also has been de­scribed as an out-of-body ex­pe­ri­ence. Of course, how­ever, even­tu­ally you'll have to come in for a land­ing.

Use of the equip­ment isn't com­pli­cated. To fly, all you have to do is spread the paraglider's wing (a lightweight canopy) on a hill­side, and run un­til your feet are swing­ing in the air and the wing in­flates over your head like a kite. At most paraglid­ing out­lets, equip­ment comes with an in­struc­tor who'll do all the heavy lift­ing (and pi­lot the ap­pa­ra­tus un­til you get the hang of it).

Take-offs are done on the slopes of HALEAKALA, with de­scents rang­ing from 1,000 to 3,000 feet. If you're a be­gin­ner, try a TAN­DEM FLIGHT. Con­sid­ered the best way to learn, tan­dem paraglid­ing pairs a cer­ti­fied in­struc­tor and a stu­dent pi­lot in the same glider. Reser­va­tions are re­quired, so call ahead to sched­ule your paraglid­ing ven­ture.

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