RUCH, Ore.--With a poor air quality temporary flight restriction now lifted, the Southern Oregon paragliding community can finally take flight again.
Though the restriction was mandated by an outside group, these paragliders take pride in policing themselves.
Their attention to detail approaches maniacal, as the instructors and many of the students obsess over weather patterns and wind speeds and direction to ensure optimal flight conditions.
From skillsets ranging from complete beginner to 20-year veteran, the group of aviation fanatics launch off Woodrat Mountain, just outside of Jacksonville. Together, they are the focus of this week's Amateur Athlete.
- Amateur Athlete: With Attention to Detail, Rogue Valley Paragliders Take Flight
- Paragliders Take Flight in First Ever Applegate Open
- Amateur Athlete: Hidden Valley Three-Sport Athlete Hannah Hayes is a Triple Threat
- Amateur Athlete: Crossfit Athletes Rally Around Inspirational Bauer White
- Amateur Athlete(s): Illinois Valley's Caleb Hess & Elijah Polk Share More Than a Playbook
- Amateur Athlete: Born to Shoot and Inspire, Shai Garza Blossoms at North Valley
- Amateur Athlete: Joe Wallace Carves Competition With Wooden Creations
- Amateur Athlete: Trevahn Foster, Southern Oregon's Most Prolific Shot Blocker
- Amateur Athlete: Gallagher Training Triathletes and Everyone in Between
- Amateur Athlete: Donovyn Hunter, Medford's 13-year-old Basketball Sensation