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Can’t Forget Italy: Paragliding in Trentino

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In the world of photo briefs, it doesn’t get much better than what Mikaela Bandini, Can’t Forget Italy‘s mastermind, told me on the phone sometime in August: “We want you to come to the Trentino region in Italy. We’ll have you do the coolest stuff we can imagine, eat the best food we can find, and you will have total freedom to create a video about how awesome paragliding is in the region”. Sign me up!

So in mid-September, along with a bunch of ridiculously talented people (including but not limited to Lukasz Warzecha, Matt Brown, Caspar Diederik, Sergio Cesari and John Gubertini), we toured the very varied region of Trentino, stopping in Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo, Canazei, San Martino and Torbole along the Garda lake. Though there were many awesome moments for me, from riding down (and somehow not managing to break my neck) a full suspension mountain bike down the Grosté pass to canyoning in 3ºC water, from seeing the whole region on a helicopter to eating some of the best food I ever had in traditional malgas, the highlight has to remain the four tandem flights I did. Two took place above Pinzolo, with great views of the Brenta Dolomites, and two more in Val di Fassa, with ex-world champion Jimmy Pacher, thermalling above the Sella group and transiting to the Langkofer in a wonderful hour long flight.

I can’t wait to go back to Trentino with my own wing, to shoot more and fly more, but in the meantime, enjoy some flying images from the trip! You can also take a quick “behind the scenes” look of me at work on cantforgetitaly’s website.

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