11.01.17  Jean Yves tells his story first-hand
Jean Yves tells his story first-hand Jean Yves tells his story first-hand Jean Yves tells his story first-hand Jean Yves tells his story first-hand Jean Yves tells his story first-hand

4 months - 4 months away from home, from friends, from family, it doesn’t sound so long.

I had 4 months to try the first complete traverse of the Himalayas by walking and paragliding with my violin... It was an eternity, a full life, a no end story.

Suddenly, I realised that I get vertigo, I feel nausea. But what should I do? Am I crazy? Do I carry on? Do I finish? Do I come back?

In Tajikistan I was roaming around and hesitating to start my adventure. Komil, my friend and his family took care of me for 5 days. A few days later, I heard bullets whistling. After 4 days of interrogation by intelligence officers, Brakfin, the inspector, still suspicious of my innocence, helped me to leave the country, a free man.

In Pakistan, my old friends Ishaq and Shafqat felt I was hopeless. We laughed and they feed me with walnut cake, apricot oil, wild strawberries and finally I recharged my batteries. When the violent high altitude winds stopped, I needed a lot of energy to fly across Pakistan in only 6 days from the Chinese border to Islamabad. Along K2, Rakaposhi and Nanga Parbat, I finally flew above Kohistan to Malika Parbat and the entrance of the Kaghan valley.

In India, a vulture’s belly touched the back of my glider. A few hours later, a Hindu shaman and his 13 disciples exorcised the mountain and sky demons from me. After 2 days of lighting storms, my friends were feeding me with a sacrificed goat in a rock cave.

In Doplo (Nepal), I left Gagan Kali, Lal and the little Disti in this fantastic region I always dreamed to visit. Eyes in the sky because of so much kindness and beauty, I crashed!

I flew too close to a cliff, my glider collapsed and suddenly I fell to the ground. For 2 hours I didn’t know if I was living or dreaming. Dreaming I had no injuries, I was caught by the Himalayan trap. I had to take off again, to face the cliff.

In Sikkim, I joined John Anthoney, a Facebook friend and pilot. He followed my all Himalayan trip. With Munna, his wife, they took me home. I was skin and bones. I had lost 15 kg by the end of Nepal traverse. 5 days later I left again by air for the Sikkim paragliding traverse.

In the end, I reached the final region of the Himalaya mountain range: Arunachal Pradesh. The region features glaciers and high peaks and the local people eat strange insects and caterpillars. I was flying above the jungle, hearing monkey and bird screams. Take offs and thermals started to be rare. I was very far from home. My head was full, too full. In Sepa, Gourishankar, his wife and his 3 daughters took care of me. I was sick, at the very end of my strength.

You have been so kind to me, friends from the Himalayas! Whatever your country, your religion, you, Himalayan people and your mountains helped me to forget numbers, distances, clouds bases and altitudes! Thank you so much!
08.06.17  Safety joins performance in Peak 4

France-based UK pilot Rupert Hone received his Peak 4 this year and did not hesitate to start living adventures with his new companion. Now he has completed an SIV course with the glider, and his views on the course and the Peak 4 soon arrived: "Overall the wing is very highly pressurized! This saved me from getting wet several times on first day when my glider control and harness positions got me into trouble. Having such a high internal pressure meant side collapsed came out quickly and most importantly the center of the wing kept flying. It also meant that despite my best efforts I was unable to collapse a side of the glider, pulling on just the A riser. Yes of course there is great energy but providing you brake at the right point and are prepared to brake in deep inputs and release quickly, the Peak 4 is predictable and controllable. I am new to 2 liners so wanted to also appreciate what control on the B risers was like. So in addition to lots and lots of 360s with rapid exits and damping dive on brakes, I also practiced damping symmetrically on the Bs, which worked very well. Short and very effective as you are activating a large part of the rear of the glider”.

“Stalling the Peak 4 (when done intentionally) and in 2 step process, is very stable and once you find the backfly position, easy and comfortable to hold there, with a very damped dive afterwards. […] The strong points of the Peak 4 are stability and comfort when in backfly, the position of Peak 4 which really wants to fly after the backfly and lastly the shallow dive on release. Frankly I was surprised by glider’s benevolent stall behavior".

On the other hand, the Acro ace and champion David Geiser tested his Peak 4 during an acro session and the results were exceptional! He said: "Safety and performance are combined with this wing, really impressed about it!"

You can watch David's tests here: 

22.05.17  Gavin McClurg faces the North of Known.

Sometimes, there are ideas that surpass the extraordinary. Adventures that exceed fiction. And men who dare to the unimaginable. This is one of those stories.

In May and June of 2016, Niviuk pilot Gavin McClurg and Dave Turner set off to attempt something extraordinary: a full, unsupported traverse of the Alaska Range by foot and paraglider. In other words, 500 miles of uncrossable rivers, massive glaciers and WAY too many Grizzly bears. Gavin completed the mission after 37 days of flying across North America's highest mountains and some of the planet’s most remote, wild and stunning terrain, pushing the boundaries of expedition paragliding. “Seems an awfully long ways away, but this journey goes down in the treasured books”, Gavin says.

The director Bryan Smith is clear about what led Gavin to complete his adventure: “When Gavin McClurg pitched us the idea of traversing the entire length of the Alaska Range by paraglider, we thought it had maybe a 20% chance of working. He kept bugging us to jump off the deep end with him. Persistence won. I'm pretty sure that same persistence carried him over 500 miles across the Alaska Range when things didn't quite line up”.

Check out the teaser trailer of his new film North of Known, an ode to perseverance, effort and courage:

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05.04.17  2017 updated Niviuk catalogue
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Pilots Rupert Hone and David Geiser tested the Peak 4 and their opinions are very positive!
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