- Age: 30
- Nationality: USA
- Where was your adventure?: United States
- How many days was it?: 7
- What type of adventure?: Extreme Sports
- Give us a general overview of your adventure:
I drove myself in a rented car out to North Carolina’s Outer Banks in Kitty Hawk, home of the Wright brother’s first successful flight. In June of 2004, I tried out hanggliding as a way to celebrate my 30th birthday.
I spent about 5 hours doing “dune lessons” first. I was getting used to the apparataus and launching myself from the top of large sand dunes (and at times, into the sand dunes.) Two days later, I was towed up by an Ultralight plane and released from 2000 feet while in tandem with the guide. We spiraled downward from that height. It was absoulutely exhilirating, with such a rush-lasted it last for about a half hour afterwards.
- Was it difficult?: no
Why or why not?
The experienced guides make sure you are safe and know the basics before taking off.
- Would you recommend this adventure trip to someone else? Why or Why Not?
Yes. The instructors are patient, experienced, laid back and very safety-minded.
- What do you wish you would have done differently?
I wish I would have gone up even higher than the 2000 feet. They have a mile-high option.
- What kind of advice can you give to other travellers going on this adventure?
Make sure to dress warmly. You are very high up, bring a camera (that you would not mind losing)
- What type of gear did you bring?
They provided me with sunglasses. I just wore pants and a long sleeved shirt.
- Where is your next big adventure? Why?
I hope to go out hangglide again this summer for another 2000 ft. flight.
- Did you travel before or after your adventure? If so, where?
Yes, I stayed in the hostel in the Outer Banks and spent a lot of time at the National Seashore. I was the only one on the beach many times – and this was in June. I saw Pea Island Nationtal’l Wildlife Refuge and Aligator River State Park. The parks offers kayak and canoe trips cheaper than local outfitters do.
- On your adventure, what person did you most identify with?
In BootsnAll’s adventure travel section, we are highlighting different people’s adventures around the world. We need your help! Have you ever done a great rafting trip? Climbed a huge (or small) peak? Or done an amazing adventure that you wouldn’t mind sharing with others? It could even be something random like finding a cool remote village, snow shoeing, riding a motorcycle through a country – anything that has a little taste of adventure.