Northwest Paragliding - The Early Days Home

This timeline has been compiled by Lowell Skoog. Selected information in this timeline was used in a story in the Summer 2007 issue of the Northwest Mountaineering Journal. This chronology is focused on the early years of paragliding in Washington state, beginning in the 1980s. The emphasis is on pioneering flights, especially mountain flights. Other events have been included to document how the sport has evolved since the early years.

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Year Month-Day Who Where What Notes
1964 March Domina Jalbert Boca Raton, Florida Test flights of the double-surface Jalbert Parafoil, the first multi-cell, ram-air parachute. The parafoil was based on Jalbert's experience with kites, balloons, and parachute rigging. The first foot launched flights of parafoils took place much later. Source: parafoils.com, kite.com.
1965 September David Barish Upstate New York Foot launched flights of the single-surface Sail Wing, developed for NASA at the same time Francis Rogallo developed the first hang glider. Source: Articles about David Barish by Steve Roti and Xavier Murillo; Paragliding, July 2000, p. 17.
1978 June Jean-Claude Betemps, Andre Bohn, Gerard Bosson (the "Choucas" Club) Mieussy, France French parachutists experiment with launching ram-air parachutes on foot, giving birth to the sport of parapente. The French experiments were inspired by the writings of Dan Poynter, who had participated in the earlier Sail Wing developments (see above). Source: Rock & Ice, Mar/Apr 1987, p. 12, and Steve Roti.
Early to mid-1980s - French alpinists Aiguille Verte, Mont Blanc, Matterhorn, Eiger, and other summits Paragliding descents in the Alps Source: Rock & Ice, Mar/Apr 1987, p. 13.
1984 - Jean-Noel Roche Black Canyon of Gunnison River, CO Paragliding descent with 12-year-old son Bertrand, portrayed in the film "Paps et Zebulon" shown at Telluride and Banff Film Festivals. First paragliding in U.S.? What else did they fly in this country? (Delvin Crabtree said rumors later circulated that they had flown some of the Cascade volcanos.) Source: Rock & Ice, Mar/Apr 1987, p. 13.
1986 September John Bouchard Chamonix, France John Bouchard becomes acquainted with the use of paragliders by climbers in the French Alps. That autumn he began manufacturing canopies in the U.S. Source: Climbing, Dec 1986, Mar/Apr 1987; Cross Country, Edition 111, p. 62.
1986 Autumn Scott Northey Nathan Hale High School, Seattle, WA Paragliding launch on tiny hill (first in Washington?) Scott shared a house in Seattle with Mark Twight. Twight received some paragliders from John Bouchard and told Scott about the sport. While Twight was on a climbing expedition in Nepal, Scott contacted Bouchard, who sent him a glider and an instructional video. In December, Scott tried flying at Mazama Ridge on Mt Rainier, in snow, without much success. Source: Scott Northey.
1986 Autumn Jonathan Carpenter, Mark Twight Ebey's Landing (or Fort Ebey), Whidbey Island Paragliding descent Jonathan was not sure of the dates of his early flights with Mark Twight but he thought they probably flew the bluffs of Whidbey Island in the fall of 1986. They landed in Puget Sound. Source: Jonathan Carpenter.
1987
1987 March/April John Bouchard (Climbing), Romain Vogler (Rock & Ice) Colorado, USA Feature articles about paragliding appear in leading U.S. climbing magazines. Source: Rock & Ice, Mar/Apr 1987; Climbing, April 1987
1987 Early spring Scott Northey Swakane Canyon, near Wenatchee Paragliding descent Scott described this as his first "real flight," about 300-400 feet. Source: Scott Northey.
1987 Late April John Bouchard, Scott Northey Mount Si, near I-90 Highway Paragliding descent. First mountain PG flight in Washington. John Bouchard and Scott Northey flew Mount Si, accompanied by Mark Twight, who was not able to fly, and Jon Krakauer, who was writing a story for Outside magazine. Scott recalled that they scouted the launch site on this trip, suggesting that none of them had flown the mountain before. Jonathan Carpenter recalled that he flew Mt Si twice (once with Mark Twight and again during the Twight/Erickson tandem flight) before he went up with Mark Shipman and Jeff Splittgerber on June 2. Scott thinks those flights took place after the Bouchard/Northey flight. Source: Jonathan Carpenter, Scott Northey, Mark Shipman.
1987 May Mark Twight, Russell Erickson Mount Si, near I-90 Highway Tandem paragliding descent (9-cell glider). First tandem PG flight in Washington. After receiving a new 9-cell glider from John Bouchard, Twight, Erickson and Jonathan Carpenter hiked up Mount Si. Twight and Erickson clipped into the glider and launched together. They plummeted to the fields below. Erickson, the passenger, was giddy and ecstatic and took spectacular photos. Twight, the pilot, was gripped the whole time. Source: Jonathan Carpenter, Scott Northey.
1987 June Jonathan Carpenter, Mark Twight Liberty Bell Mountain, SR-20 North Cascades Highway Paragliding descent Carpenter and Twight launched 7-cell gliders from the true summit of the mountain. They landed in a forest clearing near the approach trail. Carpenter recalls that they landed on snow, suggesting that the flight was in spring. (The North Cascades Highway opened on April 15 in 1987.) Source: Jonathan Carpenter.
1987 June (day after Liberty Bell descent) Jonathan Carpenter, Mark Twight South Early Winters Spire, SR-20 North Cascades Highway Attempted paragliding descent Carpenter launched from the summit down the Southwest Couloir and turned to fly over the South Arete to the SR-20 hairpin. His 7-cell glider failed to clear the arete and he bounced and skidded down the vertical Southeast Face. The glider caught on a dead tree on the face. Carpenter was uninjured. An East Buttress climbing party (including Tim Wilson) lent their ropes to Twight, who lowered them to Carpenter, enabling him to escape from the face. Source: Jonathan Carpenter.
1987 June 26 Mark Shipman, Jeff Splittgerber Mt St Helens Paragliding descent Shipman and Splittgerber learned to fly from Mark Twight in Wenatchee in May 1987. Source: Climbing, June 1988, p. 35 and Mark Shipman.
1987 July 4 Mark Shipman, Jeff Splittgerber Mt Stuart Paragliding descent Source: Climbing, June 1988, p. 34 and Mark Shipman.
1987 July Scott Northey Sahale Arm, North Cascades National Park Paragliding descent This was for a Pacific Northwest magazine story. Scott made a reconnaissance flight a week earlier and planned two flights for the magazine writer and photographer. Hiking up for his second flight he was intercepted by a park ranger and given a ticket for which he later paid $50. Source: Scott Northey.
1987 August 2 Kurt Carlson, Mark Shipman, Jeff Splittgerber Mt Adams Paragliding descent They descended to the north after climbing the Adams Glacier route. Source: Climbing, June 1988, p. 35 and Mark Shipman.
1987 August 26 Mark Shipman Icicle Ridge ("Big Slide Peak"), near Leavenworth Paragliding descent Source: Mark Shipman
1987 Summer/fall Ralph Richardson Middle Sister, South Sister, Mt Bachelor ski area (all in Oregon) Paragliding descents Source: Ralph Richardson
1987 September 22 Mark Shipman Mission Ridge ski area Paragliding descent (on foot) Michael Koerner flew Mission Ridge on skis on December 20, 1987. Source: Mark Shipman, Michael Koerner.
1987 September 23 John Bouchard, Mark Shipman Mt Cashmere, near Leavenworth Paragliding descent Source: Mark Shipman
1987 September 27 Mark Shipman South Ingalls Peak, near Mt Stuart Paragliding descent Mark flew in a tuxedo and served champagne brunch to friends camped at Ingalls Lake. Source: Mark Shipman.
1987 November 4 Mark Shipman Big Chief Mountain, Stevens Pass ski area (on foot) Paragliding descent Jeff Splittgerber and Michael Koerner flew Stevens Pass on skis on March 27, 1988. Source: Mark Shipman, Michael Koerner.
1988
1988 January 2 Michael Koerner Ski Acres (Summit Central) ski area Paragliding descent (on skis) Launched from the hill above lodge (now called Triple-60). The ski patrol kicked Michael off the hill after he landed. Source: Michael Koerner.
1988 January 31 Julie Brugger, Michael Koerner, Scott Northey Crystal Mountain, East Peak (a.k.a. Norse Peak) Paragliding descent (on skis) Source: Michael Koerner
1988 Winter Julie Brugger Granite Mountain, near I-90 Highway Paragliding descent (on skis) Julie made a handful of flights in Washington (self-taught), then went to Peru with husband Andy DeKlerk in the summer of 1988. They flew off Pisco, Quitaraju and Huascaran Norte and carried PGs to the summit of Huandoy but didn't fly (too windy). She had a crash landing at the end of the Huascaran flight and eventually gave up the sport. Source: Julie Brugger.
1988 February 23 Mark Shipman Wedge Mountain, near Leavenworth Paragliding descent Source: Mark Shipman
1988 or 1989 March Rob Newsom Icicle Ridge (Bridge Creek Wall) near Leavenworth Paragliding descent Source: Rock & Ice, Sep/Oct 1989, p. 29. (TBD: actual date?)
1988 June 5 Michael Koerner Mt Hood (Oregon) Paragliding descent (on skis) Ralph Richardson flew Mt Hood from the Hogsback (below the summit) in the fall of 1987, landing above Timberline Lodge. Michael Koerner launched from the summit and landed (hard) in cloud tops on the Zig Zag Glacier below Illumination Rock. Source: Paragliding, Jul/Aug 1993, p. 4; Michael Koerner and Ralph Richardson.
1988 June 9 Mark Shipman Tumwather Mountain, near Leavenworth Paragliding descent Source: Mark Shipman
1988 June 19 Michael Koerner Bandera Mountain, near I-90 Highway Paragliding descent Wild flight due to valley winds. Source: Michael Koerner.
1988 Summer Harry van Rijswijk (from Netherlands) Mt Rainier Paragliding descent Source: Paul Klemond (Paul met van Rijswijk in Spain in 1997)
1988 July 4 Mark Shipman, Ralph Congdon Pyramid Mountain, above Lake Chelan Paragliding descent Shipman landed in Lake Chelan, on purpose, wearing a dry suit. Congdon decided not to land in the lake and flew to Prince Creek instead. A friend in a motor boat picked them up. Source: Mark Shipman.
1988 July 9 Jeff Splittgerber, organizer Raptor Ridge, Eagle Creek near Leavenworth First North American Paragliding Championships. Winner: Greg Smith. About a month later the first U.S. National Paragliding Championships were held at Point of the Mountain, Utah. Source: Ralph Richardson, Mark Shipman, Chuck Smith. Also: Cross Country, Edition 111, p. 62; Paragliding, Jul/Aug 1990, p. 7.
1988 August Bruce Tracy Loup Loup ski area Paragliding descent Bruce made several subsequent flights at the ski area. The first one that was definitely on skis was January 13, 1991. Source: Bruce Tracy logbooks.
1988 August 18 Bruce Tracy Chopaka Mountain, Okanogan Mountains Paragliding descent On August 8, 1991, Bruce Tracy and Mark Shipman launched from Joe Mills Mountain, near Chopaka, and landed in Canada. On June 6, 1992, seven pilots flew from Chopaka-Hurley during the first "Downwind Dave" Winthrop fly-in. Source: Bruce Tracy, Dave Kruglinski, Lowell Skoog logbooks.
1988 September 5 Bruce Tracy Tiffany Mountain, Okanogan Mountains Paragliding descent Source: Bruce Tracy logbooks.
1988 September 28 Michael Koerner Sauk Mtn, SR-20 North Cascades Highway Paragliding descent Michael launched to the west from the top of the trail switchbacks. On February 7, 1992, Mark Dale, Lowell Skoog, and Steve Steckmyer launched to the east from the same spot, landing near Rockport. Source: Michael Koerner, Lowell Skoog, Paragliding, Jan/Feb, 1993, p. 19.
1988 September 29 Michael Koerner, Mark Shipman Mt Lichtenberg, US-2 Stevens Pass Highway Paragliding descent Source: Michael Koerner, Mark Shipman
1988 September 30 Michael Koerner Mt Persis, US-2 Stevens Pass Highway Paragliding descent Source: Michael Koerner
1988 October 1 Bruce Tracy Slate Peak, Harts Pass area Paragliding descent Source: Bruce Tracy logbooks.
1988 October 22 Michael Koerner Mt Pugh, Mountain Loop Highway Paragliding descent Source: Michael Koerner
1988 October 27 Mark Shipman Edward Mesa, near Leavenworth Paragliding descent Landed on Icicle River road. Source: Mark Shipman.
1988 Autumn Jean-Marc Boivin Mt Everest, Himalaya Paragliding descent Source: Rock & Ice, Sep/Oct 1989, p. 24.
1988 December 18 Jeff Splittgerber Thimble Mountain, Wenatchee, WA Paragliding fatality Crashed shortly after launch, no witnesses. This was the first paragliding fatality in the U.S. Source: Mark Shipman.
1989
1989 January 12 Mark Shipman, Ralph Congdon Round Mountain (Nason Ridge), US-2 Stevens Pass Highway Paragliding descent Snowshoe launch, landed at Nason Creek airstrip. Source: Mark Shipman.
1989 February 26 Michael Koerner Mt Pilchuck, Mountain Loop Highway Paragliding descent (on skis) Flew from lookout, cliff launch on skis. Source: Michael Koerner.
1989 Winter/Spring Mike Eberle Baldy Butte and other Yakima Canyon and Manashtash sites, Saddle Mountain, Rampart Ridge Paragliding descents Source: Mike Eberle
1989 March 15 Michael Koerner, Mark Shipman Rock Mountain, US-2 Stevens Pass Highway Paragliding descent Snowshoe launch and landing. Source: Michael Koerner.
1989 April 23 Michael Koerner Big Four Mountain, Mountain Loop Highway Paragliding descent Climbed northwest ridge, launched from westerly point atop summit ridge, cliff launch off cornice, landed at the ice caves parking lot. Source: Michael Koerner
1989 April 30 Michael Koerner Whitehorse Mountain, near Darrington Paragliding descent Launched from the glacier, encountered lift over pasture, hard to get down, 45 minute flight. Source: Michael Koerner.
1989 May 7 Michael Koerner Mount Baring, US-2 Stevens Pass Highway Paragliding descent Source: Michael Koerner
1989 June 4 Michael Koerner Mount Baker Paragliding descent (on skis) Launched on skis to the north from summit plateau, landed on skis near snowline below Coleman Glacier. Source: Michael Koerner.
1989 July 27 Bruce Tracy Abernathy Peak, Twisp River area Paragliding descent Source: Bruce Tracy logbooks.
1989 August 5 Michael Koerner Sloan Peak, Mountain Loop Highway Paragliding descent Michael stopped paragliding around the end of 1990. Source: Michael Koerner.
1989 September Kevin Ault, Clayton Friesen Chilliwack Mountain, B.C. Paragliding descent Flew from hang glider ramp. Source: Kevin Ault.
1989 September 28 Bruce Tracy Gilbert Mountain, Twisp River area Paragliding descent Source: Bruce Tracy logbooks.
1990
1990 January 18 Kevin Ault, Claton Friesen Elk Mountain, Chilliwack Valley, B.C. Paragliding descent Flew north and landed in Fraser Valley. Source: Kevin Ault.
1990 July Mark Howe, Paul Southerland Earl Peak, near Mt Stuart Paragliding descent Source: Paul Southerland
1990 August 23 Mark Shipman Chelan Butte, WA State cross-country distance record, about 24 miles (landed 6.5 miles past Mansfield) First noteworthy cross-country flight in Washington. (Mark's first PG flight at Chelan Butte was on June 19, 1988. In those days they flew the butte rarely because they couldn't reach a good LZ on a paraglider.) Source: Paragliding, Nov/Dec 1990, p. 18 and Mark Shipman.
1990 September 15 Bruce Tracy Hinkhouse Peak, SR-20 North Cascades Highway Paragliding descent Peak located above the Washington Pass overlook, on the north. Source: Bruce Tracy logbooks.
1990 November 1 Gary Paulin Corinthian Yacht Club, Seattle, WA Northwest Paragliding Club (NWPC) formed First newsletter listed 23 pilots. Tim Hunt volunteered as Tiger Mountain liaison with DNR. Source: NWPC newsletter, November 1990 (Gary Paulin collection).
1991
1991 or 1992 Winter Clayton Friesen Mt Shuksan Paragliding descent Friesen climbed the North Face route and flew back to the Mt Baker ski area. Source: Delvin Crabtree.
1991 Easter Sunday Tim Hunt Mt Erie, Fidalgo Island Paragliding descent Source: Gary Paulin and NWPC newsletter, 10 April 1991
1991 March 13 Herbert Sonduno The Bowl, Yakima River Canyon, WA Paragliding fatality Victim was an experienced skydiver, beginning paraglider. Source: NWPC newsletter, 10 April 1991; Paragliding, Sep/Oct 1991, p. 22; and Steve Roti.
1991 Summer Marc Chirico Tiger Mountain, near Issaquah, WA First of many site improvements, using heavy machinery. Tiger Mountain's Poo Poo Point has been a hang gliding site since 1976. It was lightly used by paragliders before the launch was reworked. Source: Marc Chirico, Tony Rusi, and NWPC newsletter, 5 August 1991.
1991 August 4 Kevin Ault, Claton Friesen Williams Peak, Chilliwack Valley, B.C. Paragliding descent Source: Kevin Ault.
1991 August 19 Kevin Ault, Daryl Sawatsky Mt McFarlane, Chilliwack Valley, B.C. Paragliding descent Source: Kevin Ault.
1991 September 14 Charles Smith Church Mountain Paragliding descent Flew from east bowl meadows to Nooksack River bar. Source: Charles Smith.
1991 September 24 Delvin Crabtree, Charles Smith Goat Mountain Paragliding descent Flew from meadows below summit to Shuksan townsite. Source: Charles Smith.
1991 October 3 Daryl Sawatsky, Charles Smith Mt Baldy, Chilliwack Valley, B.C. Paragliding descent Landed on Chilliwack River bar. Source: Charles Smith.
1991 October 6 Kevin Ault, Daryl Sawatsky Mt Lyndeman, Chilliwack Valley, B.C. Paragliding descent Summit launch was aborted due to unfavorable winds. Flight made from Upper Hanging Lake, landing at Sapper's Park beach. Source: Kevin Ault.
1991 December 14 Kevin Ault Mt Mcguire, Chilliwack Valley, B.C. Paragliding descent Clayton Friesen unable to fly due to unfavorable winds. Source: Kevin Ault.
1992
1992 February Kevin Ault, Delvin Crabtree, Clay Friesen, Daryl Sawatsky Sumas Mountain, B.C. Paragliding descent Clayton Friesen unable to fly due to unfavorable winds. Source: Kevin Ault.
1992 February 29 CC Cunningham, Bob Hannah, Ray Kehl, Christian Mulack, Lowell Skoog, Steve Stroming, Martin Withington Crystal Mountain ski area Paragliding descent (on skis) First PG flight expressly permitted by the ski area (during an FIS ski race). Source: Lowell Skoog
1992 March 8 Clayton Friesen Mt Macdonald, Chilliwack Lake, B.C. Paragliding fatality Party members included Friesen, Kevin Ault, and Daryl Sawatsky. Friesen touched down in Chilliwack Lake and drowned. Source: Kevin Ault, Delvin Crabtree.
1992 March 19 Delvin Crabtree, Daryl Sawatsky, Charles Smith West Church Mtn Paragliding descent Launched from 5610-ft summit on snow, landed at field in Glacier. Source: Charles Smith.
1992 April 19 Lowell Skoog Blue Lake Peak (south launch), SR-20 North Cascades Highway Paragliding descent (on skis) Landed in Copper Creek basin (two flights). Source: Lowell Skoog
1992 May 7 Charles Smith South Twin Sister Paragliding descent Launched from snow plateau on the summit, landed at Dailey Prairie. Source: Charles Smith.
1992 May Cory Stevens Mt Rainier Paragliding descent (TBD: Need to talk to Cory about this. See NWPC newsletter, May/June 1992.)
1992 June 18 Bruce Tracy Big Craggy Peak, Okanogan Mountains Paragliding descent On September 20, 1991, Dave Kruglinski flew from the lower launch (5900ft) in Copper Glance Basin. Bruce's 1992 flight was from the upper launch (7900ft). Dave flew Big Craggy on July 24, 1992 from a point somewhat below the upper launch (about 7200ft). Source: Bruce Tracy, Dave Kruglinski logbooks. See also Paragliding, Jan/Feb 1998, p. 28.
1992 June 20 Dave Kruglinski Thorp Mountain, near Kachess Lake Paragliding descent One hour thermal flight, water landing. Source: Dave Kruglinski logbooks.
1992 June 27 Mark Dale, Ron McKenzie, Steve Stroming Snoqualmie Mountain, near I-90 Highway Paragliding descent Source: Steve Stroming. (Anybody know of earlier flights?)
1992 June 27 Dave Kruglinski Dirtyface Peak, near Lake Wenatchee Paragliding descent Source: Dave Kruglinski logbooks.
1992 (circa) Summer Elizabeth Boonin Tiger Mountain Time-aloft record (about 5-1/2 hours) Previously CC Cunningham and Mark Heckler vied for this site record. After Elizabeth Boonin shattered their time by a couple of hours, interest in endurance records waned. (TBD: details?) Source: Gary Paulin.
1992 July 30 Bruce Tracy Driveway Butte (south launch), SR-20 North Cascades Highway Paragliding descent This flight landed at the Klipchuck campground. On September 27, 1992, Bruce Tracy and Dave Kruglinski flew from a north facing launch and landed at the Lost River airstrip. Source: Bruce Tracy logbooks.
1992 August 12 Dave Kruglinski Green Mountain, Suiattle River area Paragliding descent Source: Dave Kruglinski logbooks.
1992 September 10 Bruce Tracy Goat Peak (summit launch), near Mazama, SR-20 North Cascades Highway Paragliding descent With Dave Kruglinski, who didn't fly. On June 5, 1997, Bruce Tracy and Dave Verbois cut trees (with USFS permission) to clear the lower Goat launch in memory of Dave Kruglinski. Source: Bruce Tracy logbooks.
1992 September 17 Delvin Crabtree, Charles Smith Skyline Divide Paragliding descent Flew from 5900-ft meadows to Nooksack River bar. Source: Charles Smith.
1992 September 27 Bruce Tracy, Dave Kruglinski Cutthroat Peak meadows, SR-20 North Cascades Highway Paragliding descent Source: Dave Kruglinski, Bruce Tracy logbooks.
1992 October 4 Mark Dale, Lowell Skoog Carne Mountain, Chiwawa River area Paragliding descent Source: Lowell Skoog
1992 October 5 Charles Smith Excelsior Ridge Paragliding descent Flew from steep meadows just west of where Excelsior Trail crests ridge to Nooksack River bar. Source: Charles Smith.
1992 October 11 Ray Kehl, Lowell Skoog, Steve Stroming Mt Ellinor, Olympic Mountains Paragliding descent Landed on the shore of Lake Cushman. Source: Lowell Skoog.
1992 December 12-13 Pam Crabtree, Pam Kleweno, Michelle Leialoha, Tina Pavelic, Catherine Secor, Diane Sheffield, Susan Stroming, CJ Sturtevant, Stephanie Subak Saddle Mountain, WA First Northwest women's paragliding fly-in Source: NWPC newsletter, Jan/Feb 1993; Paragliding, Jan/Feb 1993, p. 34.
1993
1993 June 26 Elizabeth Kaughan Kent, WA Paragliding fatality Beginner, towing accident in urban park. Source: NWPC newsletter, Jul/Aug 1993; Paragliding, Sep/Oct 1993, p. 33; and Steve Roti.
1993 August 11 Jon Corriveau, Bill Mickel Mount Maude, Chiwawa River area Paragliding descent Landed below Spider Meadow. Source: Bill Mickel.
1993 August 19 Alan Dickey, Charles Smith Middle Peak, Chilliwack Lake, B.C. Paragliding descent Flew from glacier above Hanging Lake to Sapper Park beach. Source: Charles Smith.
1993 August 19 Dave Kruglinski Hidden Lake Peak, Cascade River area Paragliding descent Soared 1200ft above the lookout, landed on river bar. Source: Dave Kruglinski logbooks.
1993 August 26 Alan Dickey, Charles Smith Crescent Lake Peak, Upper Skagit, B.C. Paragliding descent Source: Charles Smith.
1993 August 30 Alan Dickey, Charles Smith Mt McGuire, Chilliwack Valley, B.C. Paragliding descent Flew from steep north-facing scree slope 50ft below summit. Peak had been previously flown from much lower launches. Source: Charles Smith.
1993 September 4 Jabe Blumenthal, Rick Gantman Mt Daniel, Cle Elum River area Paragliding descent Jabe found lift and made it to the parking lot. Rick did not and landed in a tree near Deep Lake. Source: Jabe Blumenthal.
1993 October 2 Mark Dale, Lowell Skoog Mt Hardy, SR-20 North Cascades Highway Paragliding descent Landed at wide spot along the highway below the peak. Source: Lowell Skoog
1993 October 9 Dave Kruglinski Early Winters basin (Blue Lake Peak, north launch), SR-20 North Cascades Highway Paragliding descent This is the northwest facing basin near Liberty Bell Mountain. On August 11, 2002, Bruce Tracy launched here and flew cross-country (24.3 miles) to Twisp. Source: Dave Kruglinski, Bruce Tracy logbooks.
1994
1994 Winter Joel Armstrong Spokane, WA Inland Northwest Paragliding Club formed Source: NWPC newsletter, February 1994
1994 January 27 Glenn Brubaker, Alan Dickey, Bill Dickey, Larry Lochovsky, Charles Smith Church Mtn, Chilliwack Valley, B.C. Paragliding descent Soared above NE facing couloir in ridge lift. Source: Charles Smith.
1994 January 31 Alan Dickey, Bill Dickey, Charles Smith, Glenn Taylor Little Tamahi, Chilliwack Valley, B.C. Paragliding descent Flew from Pt. 4200ft to Chilliwack River bar. Source: Charles Smith.
1994 February 2 Alan Dickey, Charles Smith Welcome Pass Paragliding descent Flew from east shoulder meadows to Shuksan townsite. Source: Charles Smith.
1994 June 25 Charles Smith Yellow Aster Butte Paragliding descent Flew from south summit to Shuksan townsite. Source: Charles Smith.
1994 July 10 Andrea Gagel, Charles Smith Barometer Mountain Paragliding descent Flew from NW shoulder to Wells Creek bar. Source: Charles Smith.
1994 July 14 Dave Kruglinski, Bruce Tracy, Dave Verbois Purple Mountain, above Lake Chelan, near Stehekin Paragliding descent Verbois landed in brush. Kruglinski landed in swamp. Tracy landed in lake. Source: Bruce Tracy and Dave Kruglinski logbooks, Dave Verbois.
1994 August 11 Alan Dickey, Charles Smith Silvertip Peak, B.C. Paragliding descent Flew from Pt. 7280ft to Silverhope road. Source: Charles Smith.
1994 August 13 Mark Dale Interstate-90 "Fly-90 Challenge," PG descents of Granite Mtn, Bandera Mtn, Mt Si, and Tiger Mtn in a single day Source: Mark Dale
1994 September Alan Dickey, Harry Siempelkamp, Delvin Crabtree, Kevin Ault Mount Baker Paragliding descent (landed at Glacier) Launched to the north from summit plateau, glided north to land in the town of Glacier. Source: Kevin Ault
1994 October 8 Lowell Skoog, Steve Stroming Crater Mountain, SR-20 North Cascades Highway Paragliding descent Summit launch was aborted due to unfavorable winds. Flight was made from 7000ft south shoulder, landed next to highway. Source: Lowell Skoog
1995
1995 June 1 Dave Kruglinski Mt Defiance, near I-90 Highway Paragliding descent Source: Dave Kruglinski logbooks.
1995 July 1-7 Cascade Paragliding Club, Northwest Paragliding Club, Inland Northwest Paragliding Club, sponsors Chelan Butte, WA U.S. National Paragliding Championships Bill Gordon and Joe Gluzinski were the visionaries for the 1995 U.S. Nationals. They organized a pre-nationals event in August 1994, laid much of the groundwork, and later enlisted the regional clubs to help. The Nationals were subsequently held at Chelan in 1996, 2001 and 2005. Source: Paragliding, Sep/Oct, 1995, p. 32; and Steve Roti.
1995 October 7 Carl Bevis, Teresa Carey, Dave Kruglinski Paddy Go Easy Pass, Cle Elum River area Paragliding descent Source: Dave Kruglinski logbooks.
1996
1996 June 8 Dave Kruglinski Sweetgrass Butte, near Mazama Paragliding descent Source: Dave Kruglinski logbooks.
1996 July 1 Charles Smith Mt Rexford, B.C. Paragliding descent Flew from snow bowl between Nesakwatch Spires to Nesakwatch Creek road. Source: Charles Smith.
1996 July 16 Hank Baker, Bruce Tracy, Dave Verbois Tyee Mountain, Entiat River Paragliding descent Source: Bruce Tracy logbooks.
1996 July 24 Alan Dickey, Charles Smith Mt Sefrit Paragliding descent Flew from meadows 200ft below west summit to Shuksan townsite. Source: Charles Smith.
1996 August 7 Charles Chaffee, Jon Corriveau, Paul Klemond, Dave Kruglinski, Bill Mickel, and one other Sourdough Mountain, SR-20 North Cascades Highway Paragliding descent Source: Paul Klemond
1996 August 8 Alan Dickey, Charles Smith Skookum Basin, Twin Sisters Range Paragliding descent Launched below Skookum Peak and south face of South Twin, flew to Dailie Prairie. Source: Charles Smith.
1996 September 26 Carl Bevis, Paul Klemond, Dave Kruglinski Mt Dickerman, Mountain Loop Highway Paragliding descent Dave Kruglinski attempted Mt Dickerman on August 26, 1992, aborting his flight on a bench 400 feet below the summit. Source: Dave Kruglinski logbooks, Paul Klemond.
1997
1997 April 17 Dave Kruglinski Balky Hill, Winthrop, WA Paragliding fatality Cross-country flight, thermal flying, no witnesses. Source: Paragliding, Jan/Feb 1998, p. 34; Paragliding, Mar/Apr 1998, p. 26; and Paul Klemond.
1997 August 2 Mark Telep Chelan Butte, WA State cross-country distance record, 120 miles Between Mark Shipman's 1990 record flight and the 1995 U.S. Nationals, cross-country flights by paragliders at Chelan were uncommon. Bill Gordon extended the record to 49 miles on May 6, 1993. Marc Chirico pushed it to 65 miles on July 15, 1994. After the U.S. Nationals, XC flying at Chelan came of age. Source: Paragliding, Nov/Dec, 1993, p. 16; Paragliding, Mar/Apr, 1998, p. 27; Hang Gliding & Paragliding, June 2006, p. 36; and Marc Chirico.
1997 August 11 Jay Carroll, Mark Telep Mazama (lower Goat Peak) to Ruby Arm of Ross Lake (Panther Creek), SR-20 North Cascades Highway Cross-country flight (28 miles) First cross-country flight over the Cascade Crest. Source: Paragliding, Jan/Feb 1998, p. 31, Paragliding, Mar/Apr, 1998, p. 27.
1997 September 21 Mark Dale, Leslie Frietag, Lowell Skoog, Paul Southerland, Steve Steckmyer, Dave Verbois Maple Pass (Rainy Lake-Lake Ann divide), SR-20 North Cascades Highway Paragliding descent Landed at Bridge Creek trailhead next to highway. Source: Lowell Skoog.
1998
1998 July 8 Willi Muller Chelan Butte, WA Paragliding fatality Thermal flying near launch. The accident occurred during the Chelan Classic competition, but Muller was not participating in the event. Source: Paragliding, Sep/Oct, 1998, p. 21; Paragliding, Nov/Dec, 1998, p. 58.
1998 September 7 Bruce Tracy Three AM Mountain, Twisp River area Paragliding descent Source: Bruce Tracy logbooks.
1998 September 13 Steve Roti Winthrop (Bowen Mountain) over Loup Loup Summit to Okanogan Cross-country flight (23.6 miles) Bruce Tracy repeated and extended this flight several times, the first on April 22, 2001. Source: Steve Roti, Bruce Tracy logbooks.
2000
2000 May 12 Ryan Swan Cashmere (Hay Canyon) to Stevens Pass, US-2 Stevens Pass Highway Cross-country flight (53 miles) Source: Paul Klemond
2001
2001 April 18 Tom McCune Tiger Mountain (Issaquah) north to US-2 near Index Cross-country flight (30.1 miles) In the late 1990s, Mike Daniel led the way flying paragliders cross-country from Tiger Mountain. His record of 22 miles was exceeded slightly by Tom McCune in May 2000. Then on April 18, 2001, McCune reached US-2, landing on the river bottom near Index. On April 14, 2005, McCune flew to Jordan, between Arlington and Granite Falls (45.2 miles). Source: Tom McCune.
2001 May 26 Bruce Tracy Mazama (lower Goat Peak) over Tiffany Mtn to Loomis Cross-country flight (38.4 miles) Bruce repeated this flight on July 15, 2002. On August 1, 2002, he attempted the flight again and landed out on Tiffany Mtn. (Bruce made many XC flights up and down the Methow Valley from Goat Peak and Bowen Mountain. This flight is noteworthy for leaving the valley to fly over unpopulated, mountainous terrain.) Source: Bruce Tracy logbooks.
2001 June 17 Tom McCune Tiger Mountain (Issaquah) south to Crystal Mountain ski area Cross-country flight (44.8 miles) Landed near the Northway ski run. Source: Tom McCune.
2001 July Jabe Blumenthal Tiger Mountain Hike-and-fly record (10 flights in a day) Source: Jabe Blumenthal.
2001 August 26 Brian Bergstedt, Mark Dale, Jim Lorenz, Steve Stroming Mailbox Peak, near I-90 Highway Paragliding descent Source: Steve Stroming
2002
2002 July 22 Scott Dennistoun Baldy Butte, Yakima River Canyon, WA Paragliding fatality Thermal flying near launch. Source: Paragliding, Jan. 2003, p. 27.
2002 August 17 Fred Krusemark Tiger Mountain east over Snoqualmie Pass to Hyak, along I-90 Highway Cross-country flight (30.3 miles) First paraglider flight across Snoqualmie Pass, landed at the boat launch at the head of Lake Keechelus, near Hyak. On April 28, 2005, Tom McCune and David Byrne flew from Tiger to near Cle Elum (48.1 miles for McCune). Source: Fred Krusemark, Tom McCune.
2002 October 26 Bryan Bergstedt, Mark Dale, Jim Lorenz Crystal Peak, near SR-410 Paragliding descent Source: Mark Dale
2003
2003 September 18 Bruce Tracy Telluride, CO Paragliding fatality Thermal flying near launch. Death of long-time Washington pilot during U.S. National Paragliding Championships in Colorado. Source: Hang Gliding & Paragliding, Nov. 2003, p. 47; Hang Gliding & Paragliding, Apr. 2004, p. 23.
2004
2004 July 9 Reese Martin Dyer Hill, Bridgeport, WA Paragliding fatality Cross-country flight, thermal flying, no witnesses. Reese launched from Chelan Butte during the annual Chelan Classic competition. Source: Hang Gliding & Paragliding, Oct. 2004, p. 7, 59, 67.
2004 July or August Charles Smith Mount Blum Paragliding descent Flew from south ridge snowfields to Baker River bar. Source: Charles Smith.
2006
2006 July Carl DiRenzo, Charles Smith Mt Robie Reid, B.C. Paragliding descent Flew from snowfields below radio beacon to beach at upper end of Alouette Lake. Source: Charles Smith.
2007
2007 June 23 Alex Peterson Leavenworth over Stuart Range to near Cle Elum Cross-country flight (30+ miles) Source: Alex Peterson, Martha Gluck
2008
2008 June 22 Ruaraidh Stenson Tiger Mountain Hike-and-fly record (15 flights in a day) Source: Ruaraidh Stenson.
2008 July 12 Eric Jansen Tiger Mountain, WA Paragliding fatality Midair heart failure. Source: Seattle Times, July 14, 2008, p. B3.
2009
2009 July 10 Stefan Mitrovich Chelan Butte to Mazama Cross-country flight (52+ miles) From Chelan Butte to Mazama via the Sawtooth Mountains to Winthrop and then on to just south of Mazama. Source: Stefan Mitrovich
2010
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2011
2011 May 12 Matt Senior Tiger Mountain (Issaquah) north to Blanchard Cross-country flight (79+ miles) Source: nwparagliding@yahoogroups.com, digest number 2371.
2011 August 7 Ken Blanchard Tiger Mountain (launch site) Paragliding fatality Loss of control (wing stalled) during landing approach near Renton. Source: Seattle Times, Aug. 9, 2011
2013
2013 August 5 Alex Raymont Chelan Butte, WA State cross-country distance record, 155.99 miles Source: nwparagliding@yahoogroups.com, digest number 3135. (The previous record was also broken that day by Meredyth Malocasay with a flight of 149.6 miles.) At the time of this new record, Mark Telep's 1997 record was the longest-standing state paragliding distance record in the western United States.
2014
2014 May 31 Matt Senior Chelan Butte, WA State cross-country distance record, 179 miles From Chelan Butte to Deary, Idaho. Source: nwparagliding@yahoogroups.com, digest numbers 3389, 3390. Spokesman-Review.
2014 July 11 David Milroy Rampart Ridge to Leavenworth Cross-country flight (36 miles, flying over Alpine Lakes Wilderness) Source: http://youtu.be/QcfDA_wsR7I
2014 July 16 Dave Norwood Chelan Butte Paragliding fatality Thermal flying near launch. Source: nwparagliding@yahoogroups.com, digest number 3443.
2015
2015 June 15 Armond Dubuque, Bill Morris, Roy Morris, David Milroy Leavenworth to Mazama Cross-country flight (70 miles straight-line distance, actual distance was longer) Flight path was generally a few miles east of the Cascade Crest, although Milroy and Roy Morris diverted west to Glacier Peak along the way. Brandon Elley flew as far as Glacier Peak, then returned to Leavenworth. Source: Armond Dubuque, David Milroy, Joe Stermitz via Facebook.
2015 Early July Brian Franklin Rampart Ridge to Chelan Cross-country flight (about 70 miles) Source: Steve Stroming
2015 July 8 David Milroy, Bill Morris, Matt Senior Mazama to Chelan Cross-country flight (about 58 miles) along the Sawtooth crest east of Lake Chelan Source: Matt Senior (Facebook), David Milroy doarama
2016
2016 May 12 Jesse Williams Nooksack Circuit Cross-country flight (about 60 miles). Circuit of the Nooksack River valley starting and ending at the "Big Johnson" site between Deming and Kendall. Flight passed over Mt Baker on the south, flew over Mt Shuksan and across the Nooksack Cirque to Mt Sefrit, then followed the Yellow Aster Butte to Church Mountain divide back to the start. Source: Jesse Williams website
2016 June 4 Evan Bouchier, Noah Briller, Joshua Hockett, David Milroy, Roy Morris, Matt Senior Rockport to Mazama Cross-country flight (about 55 miles). First complete west-to-east crossing of the North Cascades by paragliders. Route: Sauk Mountain to Backbone Ridge, Cascade Pass, Goode Mtn, Rainy Pass, Washington Pass, Mazama. Morris and Hockett flew by themselves while the other four pilots flew as a group. Sources: Matt Senior (Facebook), Doarama: Senior, Hockett, Morris

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