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Will Gadd first to paraglide across four western Canada mountain ranges

Aug. 22nd 2011

Calling it “the trip I’m most happy in my life to have gotten done,” Will Gadd, climber, paraglider, and SCARPA athlete, flew almost entirely self-supported from Vernon, British Columbia, to Canmore, Alberta, a distance of well over 200 miles, earlier this month.

What’s more impressive than the distance, though, is the number of firsts: Paragliding over the Monashees, over the Selkirk and Purcell Ranges from Revelstoke to Invermere, and over the Rockies from Invermere to Canmore. Gadd encountered the some of the strongest conditions he’d ever flown in, conditions that grounded other pilots.

In fact, in an interview with his hometown paper, The Rocky Mountain Outlook, Gadd called it “the most dangerous thing I’ve ever done.” That from the guy who put up Spray On.

Beyond uncharted terrain for himself, we’re pretty sure those Moraines he’s wearing in the accompanying photo also saw a few firsts in the process.

Congrats Will.

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