After a successful ascent of Monte Rosa, I spent a day doing 1500m paraglider descents from the Unter Rothorn, into Zermatt, landing in a tiny landing area sandwiched between the railway station and the helicopter landing pad.
Zermatt from 1500m above
Searching for the landing area
Photo of me approaching the landing area
Touch-down in Zermatt after 1500m descent.
Paragliding in the Chamonix Valley
A flight from the Brevent above Chamonix, taking off from Plan Praz - riding rough thermals to over 300m above top station of the Brevant. And then suffering 75% canopy deflation and loss of 100m in an uncontrolled spiral dive. In the violent manoevers involved with recovery, I experienced a full deflation and saw the town of Chamonix over the top of my canopy before normal flight restored. I was glad to get down on the ground!
Take off from Plan Praz, half way up the Brevant.
Climbing above Plan Praz in very rough air.
Looking down on Brevant top station after recovery from a violent canopy deflation.
During recovery from the canopy deflation I saw this same view over the top of my paraglider!
Starting to descend - away from the rough air over the Brevant & Aiguille Rouges.
Starting to plan approach to Chamonix landing field.
Safely back down on Terra Firma - watching another paraglider land.