My First Paragliding Trip (video and pics)

So, my buddy Roy invited me to go “paragliding” with him. You have to know that I had NO IDEA what paragliding even was… but I said YES! It sounded like fun. In my mind I figured that I would be taken up in a glider plane with a pilot and then slowly come down to the ground. This is not true. This is not paragliding…. not even a little bit.

There’s no plane you’re in, it’s a parachute.

There’s no plane taking you up, it’s a truck with a big cable hanging off it.

It’s no joke… it’s pretty stinking serious and amazingly awesome.

In a very short amount of time I went from standing on the ground to over 4,000 feet in the air. It looked a little something like this (actual footage from the day of the flight):

It is a lot of fun and incredibly beautiful. The desert is always beautiful to me, but grows in beauty with every foot that I rise. The ascent is quick and majestic, but the descent was my favorite. It looked a little like this (actual footage from the day of the flight):

What did I take from it? I AM SO GLAD THAT I DID THIS! 

Listen guys, you only live once. Don’t miss opportunities that present themselves. Don’t live in regret. Keep striving and trying new things. You will never say… I did too much. You won’t say… I am sorry that I attempted to do great things. You will say, “YES! Life is great and I have some amazing stories to share!”

Here’s a few more shots from the day paragliding and if you are in the Phoenix area and want to try this for yourselves, check out

Preparing for my first paraglider ride

Preparing for my first paraglider ride

Paragliding 3

Taking off with a paraglider

Up, Up and Away!

Up, Up and Away!

Paragliding 4

Me and my paragliding buddy Roy!

If you try it out, let me know how it goes. I’d love to hear some feedback. Be inspired and keep shining!


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