January 23, 2019
The Norwegian Robin Larsen operates coastal flies of a special kind. A video shows his cliff start at the 600 meter high Preikestolen above the Lysefjord. Spectacular cliff start over the fjord. // Source: Vimeo, Robin Larsen The Preikestolen is a popular tourist hiking destination in southern Norway: it is a natural rock platform 604 meters above the Lysefjord. A perfect vantage point, but anything but a perfect launching pad. The almost horizontal approach on the rock turns abruptly into a vertical abyss. The spot may be the dream for base jumpers, but hell for paragliders. Of course, with a lot of courage and confidence in your own starting abilities, these can be mastered, even with a stretched EN-D screen. The Norwegian Robin Larsen shows in a video on Vimeo how he swings after a long run without any Durchsacker on the edge of the cliff into the air. The sudden 600 meters of air under the protector should still have his pulse properly driven up. One would like to say warningly "Do not do this at home" - especially if you have already seen other videos of Klippenstart, which only came off lightly with a lot of luck (see Lu-Glidz: Happy Cliff Start). However, who has on the doorstep already such mega-cliffs as in Norway? The short video Preikestolen Cliff Launch, taken with a drone, can be seen on Vimeo.
This article has been translated for your convenience and was originally written in German.
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