Paragliding: One for the Bucket List

By: Lisa McDivitt Email
By: Lisa McDivitt Email

Hundreds of paragliders recently spent the day at The Point of The Mountain in Draper, Utah, where the winds were just right for a smooth ride down.

"This site is really nice because it's so predictable. It's really some of the best flying in the United States right here."

The point of the mountain draws people from all over the country and the world.

KKCO caught up with Rod Sweet, a beginner paraglider from Durango, Colo., who picked up the sport about a month ago.

"It becomes a show. It's fun."

And if you're jealous, don't worry. There are plenty of places in Colorado where you can take to the air, including Telluride, Crested Butte and Aspen.

And even closer to home, you can check out Reeder Mesa, Mack, and Glenwood Springs.

But the Rocky Mountains shouldn't be taken lightly.

"Even though in Colorado we've got a lot of mountain sides, it's not a place for beginners to go play in," says Sweet.

Sweet recommends starting at a place like The Point of the Mountain.

But one local paragliding expert says the mountains of Colorado are an excellent place to learn because you become a really skilled pilot.

Another tip for Colorado flyers?

"It really helps to have your oxygen with you because you can get blown a long ways," says Sweet.

So while there's no denying that the view from the ground can make for a pleasant morning, gliders themselves say it's worth going ahead and getting strapped in.

"It's a ball,” says Sweet. “When you've got all the bucket list full, there's something else you've got to do. Might as well have fun doing it."


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