About

I live in Morrison, CO just up against the Rocky Mtns.  My wife, 2 daughters and I have been here since May ’07 and have been in heaven ever since.  We like hiking and being outdoors in general.  I swim, or Mtn Bike often to get rid of nervous energy and the biking here in Willow Springs is phenomenal.  Gwen and I had sold our 2 Camp Bow Wow Dog Daycare/Boarding businesses in 2007 and are thankful to have the extra time to enjoy life.  I’ve been focused(obsessesed) with hang gliding since the Summer of ’02.  First it was just to get up higher and higher, then to stay up longer, then to go farther.  I don’t know when the passion will let me go, but I’m loving it.

About that, we live 15 minutes from a fun flying site in Golden, CO.  It’s a 1000ft thermal site and it really makes you work hard to rack up airtime.  When the steam from the Coors plant blows into launch, the conditions are great to launch, and of course it smells like Hopps.  Pretty great place.

Grew up in Fort Worth, TX

High School:  Paschal.

College:  CU-Boulder (BA Mechanical Engineering)

Job:  Network Design Engineer for Verizon Business

World Records:  Class 5 Hang Glider Declared distance of 236 miles; 25k triangle speed record 27.5minutes – pending ratification: 50k triangle speed record 1hr – pending ratification

Responses

  1. Hi!
    And congratulations to your world record.

    My name is Marko Wramén. I am the editor of the Swedish paragliding and hang gliding magazine Hypoxia.
    Right now, I am editing the news for the next issue. I would love to have some more info about your record flight, and some high res photos of you and from your flight.

    If you could email that to me, I would be very grateful.

    Best regards
    Marko Wramén

  2. Hi Marko,
    Thanks for the interest! I just sent a big article/pictures over to the USHPA magazine editor. They want to be the only people to release the story so I reckon I have to honor that! Bummer! I think it’ll be in the next magazine. If they let me release the story after the magazine prints, I’ll send the whole file over to ya.
    BJ

  3. BJ great blog. I really enjoy reading about your flying in Colorado. The pictures are awesome. What type of camera are you using?

    Bun

  4. Thanks Larry. I’ve heard your name somewhere. Do you know Steve Ford? I take screenshots from my HD video footage. It’s the cheapest no-frills HD video I could get and I think it was 150-170 at Target. Super lightweight! Doesn’t have zoom, doesn’t have any features really but perfect for HG footage.. http://www.aiptek.com/ model AHD21X.

  5. BJ, Sorry for scareing the hell out of you wed. Nice pic tho. See Ya up on the hill

  6. You put in the new email address – they send you a confirmation on your new email address. then you click on that and it confirms you have a new one. But what I didn’t do was go in and change the notifications to- so they went to the old one which was my work address. T…hat is why I have not used it. Now I am good to go. Good luck!

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  7. Hi Colin,
    I generally don’t post on forums to avoid the orchestrated attacks from the PG community but I did want to respond to your concerns about inaccuracies in the fatality list. I try very hard to weed out non-PG accidents and review the list constantly. There is no doubt that some reports of non-PG accidents are listed as PG, but I believe the percentage is very small. I provide the relevant details, when possible, and links to the sources so others can help verify the information. I am frequently sent information on accidents by witnesses and I tag this as private correspondence. I often use the severity of injuries to weight the liklihood of collapse/spiral dive as being the cause. I have witnessed both collapse and spiral dive impacts resulting in death and feel competent in this rather simple forensic extrapolation. In regard to the total numbers listed, in my opinion they are an underestimate. This is due to the fact that my research depends on the Internet sources available. But what I have found is that the tired PGs from Europe work their way eastward to be flown far past their design lifetimes, often ripping apart in the air and causing serious injuries or fatalities. Also, many countries give no numbers at all. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if the actual number of paragliding fatalities is double what I have listed.

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