Margaret Moran

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May 29, 2013
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Soaring the Sierra: Paragliding above Lake Tahoe

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — “Go, go, go,” urged Ed Youmans, the tandem paraglider pilot, to his passenger, my feet obeying his instructions, taking steps toward the edge of a clearing overlooking dense forest below and the shimmering waters of Lake Tahoe to the left.

Two, three steps into the charge, my feet are no longer touching ground, but swinging in the air, useless as the Lake Tahoe-colored canopy attached to us by a spider web of suspension lines takes over, carrying us higher and higher into the sky as the ground shrinks below.

“(Paragliding) it’s not like skydiving,” explained Youmans, …

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