Paragliding Tutorial: Get Great Slope Landings


We’re doing slopelandings again, using the B3s. Such a good technique, so smooth. for getting down instead of Big Ears all right! so if I’m trying to do a slope
landing and I’m going this way it’s slightly downwind, so this is a
little bit too fast. I don’t like my ground speed here. I could probably run
it off but I might twist my ankle coming in this fast, so it’s much better to do
your slope landing approach facing into wind. so going the other way I’ve got much less ground speed, if I come around this way. set up a nice line. get your legs down
early so that’s one less thing to think about. keep your hands very steady and just pick a soaring line that puts you slowly onto the slope like that. slowing it down as you get near the
ground and just transition to running. keep control of your glider. you can slow
it down there, try and keep the wing on the hillside, don’t let it pull you off the hill
that way. keep the brakes on nicely but mainly keep the braking on the hillside
just to start with to get the wing over. and keep you pulled up the slope rather than down the slope so the wing will fall up, like that okay so coming in for a slope learning
my legs are down, I pick a line, I’ve got moderate brakes on. don’t swerve
around obstacles like that, keep yourself fairly straight and now I’m flaring. run up the hill, keep the glider on the uphill side coming in for another slope landing approach… a bit too fast there, I’m going to swoop through. slowing it down. onto the slope. keeping the wing on the uphill side okay if you come in steeper like that you
can swoop it up once you start getting your timing right so a bit lumpy there that’s better air. so getting your legs down
early getting a nice line that takes you onto the hill. touchdown.

19 thoughts on “Paragliding Tutorial: Get Great Slope Landings

  1. Love the instructional videos wether I need them or not. However…I think this one could be slightly flawed in that I think 90% of slope landings are done because people get caught out where the lift has stopped or possibly in sink and you then slope land with a much faster vertical component in the down direction to avoid the dreaded walk up.
    Here you are using big ears to go down to slope land in light lift.
    I believe different circumstances that can pose different challenges mainly speed on approach.
    Now we could argue in a situation of 0 lift, half way up/down slope, a bottom landing is safest. But in reality we all thought the walk up ended after cp completion 😉🤣

  2. love it , Greg. you make it all look soo easy , I always thought returning to the launch site or facing the slop was a big no-no at low level and with the wind behind you quite dangerous, but you have proved you can do it if your not face on, but approach at an angle to the slope, makes sense now, come in at an angle and turn the wing into the wind when landed ready for re-launch, love your videos, there's not one I've not learned from, keep posting, keep me safe

  3. Greg, admire your videos. This time you make UK feel like Dune du Pilat. Lovely autumn conditions, in any case, tons of advise, as always. Thumbs up.

  4. Great skills Greg. However may I say the demo would have been more interesting for me with scenes from the back camera (where your hands and brakes can be seen), in order to see better how you were handling the glider when landing and relaunching (ok, I can guess, but still better to see!).

  5. Greg, have you seen the x-alps landings Chrigel does facing the slope on a tiny area to zero speed? It seems he uses speed bar and before touch down releases reaching zero speed.
    Would be amazing to make that analysis. Cheers!

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