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!
17.01.18  Roamer 2 - The lightness goes with you
Roamer 2 - The lightness goes with you Roamer 2 - The lightness goes with you Roamer 2 - The lightness goes with you

Recently, the German web Gemeinsam-Fliegen published a review of the new Niviuk's reversible harness, the Roamer 2. And its sensations couldn’t be better! They highlight the lightness and the facility when carrying it as a backpack, as well as its safety and its versatility once it has become a harness. You can read a complete translation of the article below:

Roamer 2 - The lightness of being by Jutta (Gemeinsam-Fliegen)

Finding a suitable harness can be like finding the proverbial needle in the haystack. This means that you need to start with the question - personally, what do I actually want? My new harness needs to be:

*Lightweight especially for hike & fly tours.

*Easy to carry as a rucksack.

*Already have full back protection when ready for take off.

*Comfortable in flight.

When testing different harnesses, they fulfilled some of the criteria, but I didn't find one that matched all of them. The Roamer 2 did tick all the boxes.

When I tested it, I carried the rucksack up Monte Valinis, an ascent of approximately 700m and I barely noticed it on my back. This makes the walk itself fun and it isn't just a means to an end - a good prerequisite for Hike&Fly tours. The rucksack has been well thought through with many details - from the easily reachable mobile phone pocket on the waist strap to the bungee cord for a jacket; the drink bottle holder to the helmet attachment mesh.  The material, including the zips, seems robust.

With my complete equipment, my pack weighed in at 6.5 kg. The reversible harness weighs just 1.4 kg.

When I put on the harness initially it felt a bit flimsy, which wasn't very reassuring. However, I do know that the additional back protector with nitinol rods, which ensure that the airbag is pre-inflated before launch, will protect me.

In my enthusiasm for testing the harness, I forgot my little vario and start my take off run - my goodness, it's so easy! No having to wriggle into the harness, despite the winter clothes - just launch and fly.

So that was the first "Aha!" moment. From the second I launched, I knew the wing and harness were a match. The wing and harness allowed me to fly easily and playfully and I climbed even without the vario beeps. The harness responds to the wing immediately and instantly converts weight-shift. What fun having this much agility, it's effortless. Ooops, the wind strengthens as I climb, but I can reach the two-step speed-bar without any problems. So that also fits.

Top landings are also easier than usual: just stand up and land - fantastic. I did have some qualms about manoeuvres as the spiral dive. But no, I (1.70 m, 60 kg) fit into the harness so perfectly, that everything acts through my body's centre of gravity. It means I can use my legs, backside and arms without bending the back protector.

Roll and pitch are even more agile on the Roamer 2 than with other harnesses, but without ever feeling unstable.

Next time I will attach my parachute container, which also fits into the rucksack. This will make it one kilo heavier, but makes it a fully functioning harness. I am now really looking forward to my Hike&Fly tours in the coming season! 

(Jutta on

11.01.18  Niviuk at the Thermik Messe in Stuttgart
Niviuk at the Thermik Messe in Stuttgart Niviuk at the Thermik Messe in Stuttgart Niviuk at the Thermik Messe in Stuttgart

A new edition of the Thermik Messe is here, the best paragliding and air sports exhibition in Germany will take place in Stuttgart on the 13th and 14th of January.

Visit the Niviuk stand (10C52) and find out all the new products arriving this 2018. From the brand new Takoo 4 to the upcoming gliders like the Artik 5 and the E-Gravity. You can also learn about our new backpacks and harnesses and interact with them to discover all their benefits.

Visit to all the information about the event.

See you! 
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15.11.17  New sizes 31 and 34 of the R-Bus
06.11.17  New World Record with a Niviuk glider!
31.10.17  Our pilots achievements in 2017
17.10.17  Flybubble presents the Niviuk new products
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Roamer 2 - The lightness goes with you
Read the Paragleiter Flugschule review about the Niviuk's reversible harness.
Niviuk at the Thermik Messe in Stuttgart!
A new edition of the Thermik Messe will take place in Stuttgart on the 13th and 14th of January. See you!
The Koyot 3 P is now available!
First flights could not be more relaxing, but they could be lighter. Discover the new Niviuk's ultralight wing.
The new Takoo 4 has arrived!
The fourth version of the model, the first glider of a new generation of tandem.
Skin 2 P: A glider for amazing adventures
Free Aero magazine and the Bulgarian pilot Teodor Todorov made their own review of the Skin 2 P.
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