Posted: Jun 27, 2015 12:23 am EDT
(Newsdesk) The year was 2004 and the story became one of our best: FlyMicro stunned the entire mountain as they came soaring toward the summit of Mount Everest. Wide eyed climbers near the top and below awed at the sight of a strange bird flying up the peak’s West Face. Check links below for the scoop; and the dramatic aftermath of a deadly accident and spectacularly false claims.
Now another great adventure is taking shape, set to kick off this fall: the Icarus Trophy, a 2 week long air race on paramotors across US without support. Contenders start in Washington State with a paramotor strapped on their backs, and finish 1400 miles later in southern California.
“Unsupported means you'll be flying with everything you need to survive strapped to your very person,” explain the organizers. “If you get lost, it's down to you to get yourself unlost.”
There are 45 entrants from all around the world one of the contenders, "Fisch" Kristan Fischer, told Explorersweb, and it has never been attempted before. Fisch relocated himself to Arizona, USA to gear test and train with the best in the business - World Champion Paramotor pilot Ryan Shaw of Paradrenalin.
The adventurists insist this is the longest and toughest air race on the planet, but it’s more about the adventure than the race say organizers on the Icarus website: “We always find the people who come in last have the best stories to tell.”
Best of ExplorersWeb 2004 Awards: Over Everest: Flight of the Eagles - Richard’s story
Best of ExplorersWeb 2004 Awards: Flight of the Eagles - Angelo's story
Over Everest Birdman Angelo dArrigo: The man who climbed the sky
Paramotor pilot claims to fly over Everest - lands on top of... Dan Mazur!
Pilots doubt Bear Grylls' Everest para-motor flight claims
Outfitter on Bear Grylls Everest claims: "The permit was NOT to fly over Everest and this did not happen"