The World's Best Paragliding & Hang Gliding Cross Country Routes
Classic Routes is a collection of 20 of the finest paragliding and hang gliding cross country routes in the world, told through stories and photos.
Bubbling with inspiration and packed with information, these Classic Routes are personal adventures, where some of the greatest names in paragliding and hang gliding guide us through some of the finest landscapes in the world.
Tour France’s Lake Annecy; ride massive convergence in Spain‘s Piedrahita; top land the Marmolada in Italy; surf jungles in Nepal, rock walls in Austria and castles in Germany till exhaustion and ecstasy force you to land for a cold beer in Australia’s outback. Then pick Classic Routes up the next day and start all over again.
With stories, glide-by-glide guides, hand-illustrated maps and the best photography from Cross Country magazine‘s pool of photographers, Classic Routes blends a mixture of flatland and mountains, desert and jungle, urban and remote to deliver what we hope you will find to be not just the ultimate XC pilot’s tick list, but a ‘book of flying dreams’.
192 Pages - Hardback - Coffee Table Book
Classic Routes - More Info
Classic Routes is a collection of 20 of the finest paragliding and hang gliding cross country routes in the world, told in stories and photos by some of the greatest names in the sports.
Paragliding and hang gliding are exciting and emotive adventure sports. Combining the fast reflex excitement of rally driving, the cerebral knowledge of chess with the inherent luck of poker, these sports take their participants on an absorbing adventure across the skies of the world using sun and wind alone as fuel.
Hunting out invisible currents of air to ride to great heights, paraglider and hang glider pilots hop like knights across a chessboard in an intoxicating adventure game of the purest form. It’s exciting, exacting and enthralling – man versus nature in a raw and tenacious battle of nerve and intuition.
Like great climbs, the classic paragliding and hang gliding routes are legendary adventures. This book is a collection of them, told through the words and pictures of some of the world’s most experienced pilots. Fly with them as they guide us through some of the finest landscapes in the world. Classic Routes blends a mixture of flatland and mountains, desert and jungle, urban and remote to deliver what we hope you will find to be a ‘book of flying dreams’.
Classic Routes - The Routes
- 01 – GOLDEN, CANADA
- 02 – SUN VALLEY, IDAHO
- 03 – SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
- 04 – LAKE ELSINORE, CALIFORNIA
- 05 – GOVERNADOR VALADARES, BRAZIL
- 06 – VAGA, NORWAY
- 07 – SNOWDONIA, WALES
- 08 – COMBE GIBBET, ENGLAND
- 09 – BAVARIA, GERMANY
- 10 – ZILLERTAL, AUSTRIA
- 11 – DOLOMITES, ITALY
- 12 – FIESCH, SWITZERLAND
- 13 – ANNECY, FRANCE
- 14 – ECRINS, FRANCE
- 15 – ST ANDRE-LES-ALPES, FRANCE
- 16 – PIEDRAHITA, SPAIN
REST OF THE WORLD
- 17 – PORTERVILLE, SOUTH AFRICA
- 18 – MANILLA, AUSTRALIA
- 19 – POKHARA, NEPAL
- 20 – BIR, INDIA
Hardcover: 192 pages. Language: English. Product Dimensions: 30 x 3 x 25 cm
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Classic Routes Reviews
The concept is excellent: collecting the expertise from local heroes around the world, editor Bob Drury presents a unique panorama of classic flights in a volume that hums with the excitement of adventure. There's bound to be somewhere you haven't gone to, and I found myself reading the familiar sites with even more enthusiasm.
There are unique voices and narrative styles, which make it a really interesting read. Bob's warm and intelligent writing brings it all together.
It's big in your hands, and it feels like you are consulting some grand tome of guarded knowledge, like a religious text. I suppose it is. A guide for XC pilgrims to the journeys that will feed your soul.
My only criticism is that the printing could have be slightly better (there's occasional spotting in the dark areas) and the photo captions are tiny, but the overall presentation, binding and design are perfect. The painted maps are a charming touch.
If you're just starting out in XC flying, this is written for you. You can soak up the lore from many top pilots, and the stories help you to place the knowledge into an entertaining frame of reference.
Whether it will be read by interested bystanders as the introduction ambitiously hopes for remains to be seen, but as a gift book for someone who flies paragliders or hang gliders, from beginner to top level pilots, this is an absolute cracker.
It's fair to say it's one of the most important books you can own.