3000km Bivouac flight in South America!
The exploration part of southern Chile south of Santiago is now over. Very few people have ever flown there and no one has ever done cross-country. The conditions do not allow us to hope for walking and flying. The conditions are very stable but the real worry is the impossibility to reach and find takeoffs and landings partly because of the impenetrable forests and the lack of path.
We have put a lot of effort into just 70km of progress. We were able to make a 100km flight to Santiago. We covered 160km of the 700km planned for this part. We decide to start our big crossing 80km south of Santiago for more than 2500km of bivouac flight.
We're a little more optimistic for the future, even though no one has stolen from it yet. The biggest difficulty will remain finding water.
Thank you for your support
Antoine & Martin
We have just completed 800km of successful bivouac flight in the Andes. Of which 650km have never been flown before. We passed passes at more than 4000m. Our maximum ceiling was 5200m with a temperature of -3°C. The conditions are difficult to fly, stability especially in the morning, very strong breezes (50km/h) up to 1000m above the ground. The most difficult remains the management of water in this desert. Obliging to carry 10L each to survive 3 days minimum.
Fantastic flights of beauty in lunar landscapes.
A full success for this exploration.
We are now on the edge of the Pacific to cover the next 1000 kilometres through a succession of dunes in bivouac flight. It's a repetition as it's already been done at least once. Exploration will resume to the north of Arica.
Thank you for your support.
Antoine and Martin
Here we are in Iquique, the Mecca of paragliding in Chile. We have just covered 750km of rocky dunes, for the first time in autonomy, and in total already 1500km of bivouac flight. This section proved to be much more difficult than expected, the strong south wind was a big problem. Flying backwards was a daily occurrence... Thermal flights in these conditions tested our nerves and our ability to fly. At the moment the local pilots are waiting for "flyable" conditions to bring out the cross country wings. We are a bit reassured!
We still have 200km to Arica before leaving again in the high mountains of Peru. For this section we need a backup boat and good wind as there is no possible landing except in the ocean...
Once again, thank you for your support!
Antoine and Martin