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Amateur Athlete: With Attention to Detail, Rogue Valley Paragliders Take Flight

Paragliders in the Rogue Valley have to undergo a ton of training; it isn't just a thrill-seeking sport.

Posted: Nov. 8, 2017 8:26 AM

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.

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