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Day 9 started by waving thanks to my dairy farmer hosts, for a quick hike and glide to the slopes of Titlis, and a long climb to reach the turn point (and extra supplies from Mum). Then to avoid airspace …
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Day 8 started in the Rhine near Chur. A cloudy start delayed things and with low cloud base flying was a challenge. Ideally we would top land Titlis (over 3000m altitude) and fly off before airspace opened the next morning, …
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Day 7 began with heavy rain until I got going at 8am. A beautiful hike and glide up the Inn valley in cloudy conditions just before the next rain – then a long walk to the Flüela Pass, where the …
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Day 6 saw me swapping places with the Croatian as I hiked and flew west along the Inn river into Switzerland. Starting in the lead, waiting for morning low cloud, mistiming my flight before sunshine, and catching him again with …
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Day 5 began with a hike and down valley glide, then a long brisk walk (or run) to get under Innsbruck airspace and up the mountains to the north. Not only did I want to use the first thermals, it …
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Day 4 began in Italy with rain – what?! It cleared for some morning glides but it took its sweet time for the cloud to clear and finding the first thermal was the hardest. Once away to the west, conditions …
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Day 3 began with some unfinished business, tagging the Aschau / Chiemsee turn point 3. A hike and fly brought me most of the way there. The next flight started well but ended prematurely, I had to hike for an …
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Day 2 involved two hike and glides (after some road walking) to reach the Wagrain turn point 2 with wet shoes, ready for breakfast with my supporters, before a hot ascent up a skifield to a cross country launch. Here …
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Day 1 involved a brisk walk from Salzburg up to the Gaisberg, a rather short flight in cloudy conditions, an extended walk after a premature landing, and two hike and glides before finishing the day on the side of the …
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I ramp up my social media posts and content considerably to match the extra interest that X-Alps generates. It’s a really exciting event to be involved in, and pending my circumstances, I’d like to keep doing it until I’m old. …
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