eastern sierra tour






What: Two Day Hike and Fly Race

When: April 9- 10, Registration Closes Feb 14

Where: Bishop, CA (for now)

Who: ADVANCED/ PRO PILOTS- we may require video or igc proof of competence

Telegram Link: USA Hike and Fly

How to Sign Up: REGISTRATION FORM


Entry Fee: TBD

Venmo or cash are accepted (click the word "venmo" for the link to pay)


Entry/ Prize: TBD


Course: TBD... expect this course to be long and challenging pushing your abilities in the air and on the ground through The Owens Valley.


My goal is to make this as fun and safe as possible in an amazing location. Expect 90 to 150 miles over two days!


You are an expert to compete and we expect you to make excellent decisions even when exhausted.


On April 1st we will finalize the location. If the conditions look un-flyable/ not safe we will relocate to a Southern California site that has the best conditions. While I know there is concern from others about flying this valley in hike and fly fashion, I promise this will not be unreasonable for the pilots racing. After years of guiding and flying in this valley, I am extremely confident in this being an amazing event.


There are only 15 spots available in the two day race.


I will work on having a Sprint Race near Bishop on the 10th but need to find someone to be the day of coordinator and safety director. If you know anyone or are keen on the job PM me.


I am working to make this our best event yet in my favorite place to hike and fly!


PS. If you are thinking about the X Red Rocks, this will give you more points to qualify.


Equipment Requirements: This is the minimum you need on you at all times, on the ground and in the air, highly suggested you have more.

  • Wing

  • Harness

  • Garmin InReach

  • Appropriately sized Reserve

  • Phone

  • Helmet

  • IGC recording device

  • External Battery 10,000 mAh or more


Rules of Engagement:

  1. HIKING and FLYING a PARAGLIDER are the only acceptable modes of transportation in this race.

  2. We use feet and miles for distance

  3. You must submit an IGC

  4. Obey National Airspace Requirements and VFR at all times

  5. Movement is allowed from 6am till 9 pm everyday with a mandatory check in at 9:30pm

  6. Pre-planned team flying with non participants is not allowed

  7. Non assisted launch only

  8. Reflector on backpack between Sunset and Sunrise of a reasonable size.

  9. Paraglider must be larger than 16m2 and cannot exceed 6kg/m2

  10. All flying equipment must be certified and fulfill the latest criteria for the following certification standards:

    1. Paraglider: EN 926-2 and 926-1

    2. Harness: EN 1651 / LTF09 with certified protection

    3. Rescue parachute: EN 12491

  11. Rules are subject to change


Support: A supporter is not reqired however suggested. Multiple participants may use the same supporter.