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HP Conference in Las Vegas

20th June 2007 When Hewlett Packard invited us to give a keynote speech infront of over 2,000 people in Las Vegas, my first reaction was ‘Oh no, not Vegas!’ Now that I am back in England I can honestly say that it was great fun. The only negative thing was that it was just too […]

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Paragliding in the Nevada Desert

Ben and I are currently staying in Las Vegas, where we are giving a keynote presentation on 20th June, 2007, with Dave Roberson (Senior Vice President) at a major annual Hewlett Packard conference where there are expected to be 2000 people in the audience. We are also speaking to journalists about the testing we did […]

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XC flying inland (Turkey) 17-5-07

It has always been my dream to fly cross country on a paraglider. On the 17th May, 2007, I flew cross country for my first time ever. It was a wonderful feeling. We met with one of the top local pilots, Semih Sayir, who was a competition pilot. Semih had amassed over 7,000 hours on […]

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Paragliding in Olu Deniz (Turkey)

I have just returned from a week of flying in Turkey by the sea in Olu Deniz. The scale of this place is breathtaking and the climate is perfect; sunshine, light winds and thermic conditions – not to mention the spectacular views over the sea and surrounding hills! Each morning we would catch the truck […]

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Hathersage Lecture (4-5-07)

When I was asked by Mary and Michael Bailey to come and speak at the Memorial Hall, in aid of the Hathersage Swimming Pool Fund, I accepted at once. I adore Hathersage and have been visiting for years, mainly to rock climb or boulder on the gritstone edges with friends over the years. It was […]

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Hathersage Lecture – Peak District

4th May 2007 When I was asked by Mary and Michael Bailey to come and speak at the Memorial Hall, in aid of the Hathersage Outdoor Swimming Pool Fund, I accepted at once. I adore Hathersage and have been visiting for years, mainly to rock climb or boulder on the gritstone edges with friends over […]

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Saturday 21st April – White Horse

On Saturday 21st April, I flew for just under 3 hours over the White Horse behind Milk Hill in Wiltshire. When I arrived it was quite windy so I sat and had a sandwich. I then laid out my gear and checked it before deciding to give it a go. I pulled on the brakes […]

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Paragliding – Easter weekend, 2007

Diana and I spent Easter in Devon and on the way down we stopped for some flying at Westbury. It was a beautiful day but the winds were light. The flying was very ‘scratchy’ and I probably managed about an hour of flying in total that day (Easter Friday). Met up with Jim Mallinson, Mark […]

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Lunar Eclipse – 3rd March, 2007

We were in the Lakes this weekend planning on doing a little rock climbing or even some flying if the winds were right. We met up with some buddies from a previous 2004 Everest expedition in Tibet. (Ray Smith, Mike Brennan, Rick Taylor and Baz Roberts) The rain held off more or less on the […]

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Frostbite update – 12th February

On Wednesday 7th February, my brother, Ben, had to have a further operation on his toes. They were not healing as they should and so the surgeon was forced to take a little more off three of the damaged toes. He used a device called a ‘nibbler’ which quite literally nibbled the bone back more […]