Learning to Paraglide near Dowdy Draw (Boulder) Colorado. This is one of my first solo flights!


In 1995, I made my first solo sky dive.  Since then, I have made over 50 solo jumps. While stepping out of a perfectly good airplane is thrilling, I wanted to learn how to fly. So in 2002, I became the first blind solo paraglider! As with all of my adventures, it takes a lot of innovation and a good team to pioneer something that no one thought possible. Flying in open air is not the problem, the challenge is in the landing. I employed a system of two radios, one as a backup, where my instructor gave me commands. The final touch was a heavy bell tied to a long string and then to my leg. When the bell hits the ground I know it is time to flare the wing for (hopefully) a stand up landing!