HIKE&FLY A NEW WAY
TO EXPERIENCE THE MOUNTAIN

WE WANT TO TAKE YOUR PASSION FOR THE MOUNTAINS A LITTLE FURTHER!

WE HAVE PARTNERED WITH SKYWALK TO GET YOU CLOSER TO THE WORLD OF HIKE&FLY!

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THE PARTNERSHIP

With light equipment in the backpack, you've hiked to the summit and are ready to fly back down to the valley - this is what 'Hike&Fly' means. This sport combines two sports and becomes a new discipline.
The idea of making Hike&Fly a discipline came about when two brands wanted to combine their very specific skills. Salewa CEO Stefan Rainer and Arne Wehrlin, CEO of skywalk paragliders, jointly developed the vision of turning a niche into a broad movement that appeals to paragliders and mountaineers alike. As a progressive mountain sports specialist, Salewa contributes its know-how on the subject of shoes, clothing and backpacks., and the paragliding specialist skywalk applies its experience and technical expertise to the development of light, easily stowed gliders that are perfect for the sport of Hike&Fly.
The two companies not only develop special products for Hike&Fly, they are also actively involved in the development of the new sport. Both companies are supporting athletes, sponsoring the most important Hike&Fly competition - the Red Bull X Alps, and promoting training through flight schools in the Alpine region.
This website is a joint platform of the two brands to provide active and interested Hike&Fly pilots with information, news and exciting stories about the growing sport.

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INNOVATION AND TRADITION

FROM SPEED HIKING
TO HIKE&FLY

Hike&Fly is a combination of speed hiking and paragliding. The ascent is powered by your legs, while the paraglider is in charge of the descent. Hiking and flying is possible almost everywhere in the mountains, which gives you an enormous feeling of freedom. Hike&Fly is a very special experience and pure adventure!

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HIKE&FLY - PURE MOUNTAIN EXPERIENCE

For those who love the idea of flying, paragliding is one of the most fascinating outdoor activities . This activity gives a sensational sense of freedom, allows you to look at nature from a different point of view. The emotion you feel from above is incredible, it is such a unique perspective. The word paragliding is composed of the terms 'para' and 'slope'. Para is an abbreviation of parachute and slope refers to the slope, the typical slope of mountain landscapes where this activity has seen its birth, but especially its spread.

FAQ - HIKE&FLY
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What equipment is needed for hike and fly?
  • Hiking equipment: good hiking boots, functional clothing, possibly hiking poles
  • Paragliding equipment: Paraglider, harness included rescue system, backpack, helmet
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Isn't the equipment heavy and bulky?
Modern paragliding equipment for Hike&Fly beginners weighs about 6.5kg and fits into a 50l rucksack. For advanced paragliders, you can get a complete set of equipment under 4kg, which fits in a 30l backpack.
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How/where can I learn Hike&Fly?
  • In Italy, Austria, Germany and Switzerland a license for paragliding is mandatory. The training usually takes about 2 - 3 weeks, depending on the weather. Training does not have to be done in one go and can be divided into several blocks.
  • With a one-day test course or tandem flight you can familiarize yourself with the sport in advance.
  • Hike&Fly is already a fixed component of various flight schools. Below you can find out more about the training ,or book your test course, tandem flight or a complete course:
    1. Italy: https://www.flugschule-suedtirol.it
    2. Austria: https://www.cloudbase.tirol/
    3. Germany: http://freiraum-info.de
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How does paragliding work?
First of all, you will need speed. Once you've begun moving fast enough, the paraglider opens and inflates thanks to the air, allowing you to take flight. As soon as you take off, it uses its own weight to advance and thus create the lift that sustains it, just like an airplane would. It can be handled easily enough to move through the skies while admiring the surrounding landscape.
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What are the different variants of paragliding?
There is the single-seater or solo paragliding and tandem paragliding. The latter is an excellent opportunity for a first time paraglider to try the experience with a more experienced person, who is able to pilot a paraglider. It is a safe and enjoyable activity, but appropriate training before flying alone is essential.
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OUR ATHLETES

TIPS AND STORIES FROM THE PROS

ATHLETE STORIES

PAUL GUSCHLBAUER

Paul Guschlbauer, known as 'GuschlPOWER' to his friends, is at the core a curious person. When he was a child he was into mountain biking thanks to his father - at the age of 13, he won his first competition.

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ATHLETE STORIES

SIMON OBERRAUNER

What pushes Simon forward is the search for efficiency in movement, in harmony with nature and his body, without motors, only with his paraglider and the power of the sun.

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ATHLETE STORIES

THOMAS FRIEDRICH

Thomas was born and grew up in Graz. His dad has a flying school, and at the age of 11 he started flying too. Just a few years later, he was out on his own, flying and exploring the mountains.

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MARKUS ANDERS

The original idea of paragliding – climbing a mountain and then gliding down into the valley, free as a bird, surrounded by breathtaking scenery – captivated Markus so much that he started paragliding in 2015.

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