Idea

When we started planning our project "Pilgrim Flight" in autumn of 2011 none of us knew what we set ourselves up for. The basic concept was the historic pilgrimage route, the Way of St. James, that leads through half of Europe and has fascinated people for centuries.

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We had planned for months, assembled the equipment, studied the weather along the flight route – many things were modified in the process of this project. We found flight conditions that were way beyond what our flight devices could handle. Strong upper winds, unpredictible and sudden thermal lifts that occured during some of the flight routes demanded all our skills. The flight paths took us across the hot high central plateau called the Meseta as well as tall mountains in the Pyrenees and in Galicia.

The launch sites often were very short and did not allow for any for us to make any mistakes. In spite of it all, our overall impressions of the flights above endless seas of fog or a sunrise over the coastal range of north Spain remain unforgetable.

We had planned that aproximately twenty percent of the route had to be done by foot. At first nobody was aware of what it meant to hike across high, foggy passes, walk on hot country roads or through tight forest tracks, villages and cities with 30 kgs
 

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on our backs. In the end it added up to over onehundredandfifty painful and seemingly never ending kilometers on foot. After a few kilometers every step turned into a physical and psychological torment and only an iron will would make it possible to achieve the ultimate goal.

The days were long and exhausting. In order to take advantage of every possible opportunity to fly we got up before sunrise almost daily. Often we would add another twenty kilometers or more on foot, walking well into the night time or we would make repairs on our flight devices. There wasn’t any time for true relaxation and fatigue was out constant companion. It was mainly our will to reach the ultimate goal that did not allow us to give up.

In spite of all the exertion we’ve had so many positive and beautiful experiences – people helping each other, everyone interacted with each other regardless of ones nationality or disposition and everyone shared the same ambition – to arrive at the ultimate destination.

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