Interview with Record-breaking Paraglider Pilot, Dave Turner // Visit Mammoth Insider Blog

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When Dave Turner landed in Verdi, Nevada last spring, he became the first paraglider to complete a full crossing of the state of California—and he did it solo and unsupported. Thirty days earlier he set out from Ventura, California hiking his wing to the coastal mountains in Ojai, and flew north over the Mojave Range and the Sierra Nevada mountains, hiking and flying until he completed the record-breaking vol-biv journey.

A former professional big-wall solo-climber, Turner, 32, has turned his attention to paragliding. Four years ago he moved from Yosemite Valley, where paragliding is illegal, to Mammoth Lakes to pursue the flying full-time and he’s been breaking records ever since.

Turner completed the first crossing of the Sierra Nevada and has the California distance record of 176 miles, a 7 ½ hour flight. He also completed the longest vol-biv flight in the world last summer—a 60-day round-trip crossing of the Alps.

Read the full interview with Dave Turner on the Visit Mammoth blog.

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