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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!
07.05.18  Niviuk pilots are the majority in the Top 5 of the WPC!
Niviuk pilots are the majority in the Top 5 of the WPC! Niviuk pilots are the majority in the Top 5 of the WPC! Niviuk pilots are the majority in the Top 5 of the WPC! Niviuk pilots are the majority in the Top 5 of the WPC!

This weekend was held in Thailand the 10th edition of the WPC, the most important paramotor competition of the FAI. The best pilots around the world met at Lopburi (Thailand) for an amazing competition which ended with three Niviuk pilots in the top 5 of the overall ranking:

3rd - David Wainwright. The Australian Niviuk pilot did a magnificent competition with his Dobermann 2 and ended up taking home the bronze medal with a total score of 311.

4th - Nat Thanaphuthiphong. The local pilot flew with a Dobermann 2 and finished in fourth place with a total score of 308.

5th - Ramón Morillas. The iconic Spanish Niviuk’s pilot completed the Top 5 of the competition with a score of 307.

Former Australian paragliding national team member and twice Icarus Trophy winner, David Wainwright said "It was a tough week of competition with some challenging conditions and amazing level of pilot skill. I am very happy to be flying my Dobermann 2 and Nirvana Instinct. It is a great package which gives me confidence to push hard and to feel safe doing so. I have flown many years of high level paragliding cross country competitions but not so many PPG comps. This is my second year competing in classic style events and it is my 3rd comp. I look forward to flying more slalom events as I feel I have a big opportunity to improve in this area of the sport".

See the overall ranking by clicking here.

Congratulations to all the pilots!
30.04.18  Into the Lightness: Skin 2 P & Roamer 2, by Gavin McClurg
Into the Lightness: Skin 2 P & Roamer 2, by Gavin McClurg Into the Lightness: Skin 2 P & Roamer 2, by Gavin McClurg Into the Lightness: Skin 2 P & Roamer 2, by Gavin McClurg


Recently, the American pilot Gavin McClurg received a Skin 2 P and decided to venture into the ultralight world of Hike&Fly. He tells us about his experience with this glider and the Roamer 2 in this article published in Cloudbase Mayhem:


"Paragliding was first envisioned back in the 80’s as a way to get down easier and more safely after climbing big peaks. As most accidents happen on the way down if alpinists could fly down they would remove a major component of risk, as well as save their knees (and have a lot more fun!). But serious alpine style mountaineering means going light and fast and carrying an extra 5-10kg of flying kit has kept flying off the big technical peaks mostly out of reach.


Until now. After 30+ years of testing and innovation I imagine the climbing community is getting pretty giddy. I recently received Niviuk’s new Skin 2 P single surface wing. At a measly 1.9 kg I figured it was going to feel and fly pretty weird but when I learned from Fabien Blanco at Flyeo during a recent podcast that pilots were doing 100k triangles on these certified wings I was pretty excited to give it a try.


Before I even got to the hill I was amazed with the Roamer 2 reversible harness. This little bad boy is a MAJOR improvement over it’s predecessor. The rucksack is bomber and built with all the things that paragliding companies typically leave out of purpose-built backpacks. Ice axe straps, well-placed zippered compartments, light but solid straps for extra gear, helmet or jacket net- it’s all there. It rides perfectly and I can barely tell I’ve got something on my back. There’s easily enough room for your wing, helmet, reserve, extra clothing and a small climbing rack. Turn it inside out and you’ve got a harness, speed bar and an optional 250 gram self-inflating air bag! I have opted for the 1.4 kg front mount octagon reserve as well which at 1.4 kg has a remarkable decent rate of only 4.9m/sec.


And now lets get to the good stuff. Ready to launch? Groundhandling with the Skin 2 P is as easy as it gets. It’s less than half the weight of a normal light-weight paraglider so just blow on it a little bit and it’s overhead. It immediately feels just like you’re used to, but everything is easier. Responsive and silly light just makes it all a deliciously fun toy. Now granted I launched late in the day into perfectly smooth air so this isn’t mid-day thermal tested but once I was airborne I was all smiles. It didn’t feel weird at all and the glide seemed much, much better than I anticipated. A terrific new bit of gear to add to my kit and makes a lot of big lines I’ve been eyeing over the years here in Idahome possible.


Summary- if light and safe is what you want in a compact, light and well-thought-out package, this is really sweet kit!"


Read the original article in cloudbasemayhem.

23.04.18  New World Record with a Niviuk glider!
04.04.18  Free.aero on the new Takoo 4
15.03.18  The new Artik 5 has arrived!
07.03.18  Thomas Petit, new Niviuk PPG pilot!
15.02.18  New achievements from Thailand!
01.02.18  Niviuk at Las Candelas Paramotor Festival
17.01.18  Roamer 2 - The lightness goes with you
11.01.18  Niviuk at the Thermik Messe in Stuttgart
 
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07.05.18
Niviuk pilots are the majority in the Top 5 of the WPC!
This weekend was held in Thailand the 10th edition of the WPC, discover the overall ranking here.
30.04.18
Gavin McClurg on the Skin 2 P and the Roamer 2
Read Gavin McClurg's article about Niviuk's ultralight glider and the new reversible harness.
23.04.18
New World Record with a Niviuk glider!
This Sunday Julien Irilli made history again with a new World Distance Record in FAI Triangle.
04.04.18
Free.aero on the new Takoo 4
French magazine Free.aero’s latest edition reviewed the new Takoo 4.
15.03.18
The new Artik 5 has arrived!
It's time to raise the bar. The new Niviuk's EN-C is now available.
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