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Touching Cloudbase: A Complete Guide to Paragliding [Paperback]

Ian Currer
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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Air Supplies; 4th Revised edition edition (25 Jun 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0952886219
  • ISBN-13: 978-0952886211
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 17 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
This is the best book for anyone wanting to start paragliding. Ian Currer has improved it with each edition and the latest is bang up to date and packed with useful info, great pictures and illustrations. I know Ian, so this might be a bit biased, but the BHPA magazine Skywings said "It is possible to learn Paragliding without Touching Cloudbase, but is hard to imagine whay anyone would want to try". This book is also used as a course text book by paragliding schools in many countries and has useful revision info for all the UK pilot rating system exams. (Much of which Ian also wrote I think).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good way to find out more about paragliding 6 Nov 2010
I am interested in paragliding, but I wanted to find out more before committing to signing up for a course. Based on the very good reviews the book got here at Amazon I bought the book. The book is very factual, well written and it touches on all aspects of paragliding that I was interested in. - Just what I wanted.
By working through this book I have fully achieved the goal that I have set myself. - I got enough facts that helped me decide to take my interest one step further and I have by now signed up for a beginners course. I am happy that by reading through the book I already got some theoretical basics, which I am sure will help me in my efforts to get paragliding.
So, overall I am very happy with my purchase and I am happy that I got good value for money.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The next step is strapping on the 'chute 18 Oct 2005
By Mike H
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This book tells you all that you can learn from a book about paragliding. After the book, doing it is the only thing left.
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This book was a good introduction to paragliding for me, before embarking on a beginner's course. The front half teaches all the theory of taking off, landing and basic manoeuvring of the glider. Latter sections are more standalone and of interest to more advanced pilots thinking about using wave, becoming instructors or tandem pilots, acro etc. There is a very useful section about buying one's own wing.

As well as being a little out-dated, especially regarding navigation aids, radios and phones etc, the book is slightly marred by at times poor layout, strange spelling mistakes or word misuse and interesting diagrams with either flaws or just not labelled. Certainly there are some areas where additional diagrams might be useful and I think a lot more information is required about thermal formation, how and where to find them and how to centre etc.

I hope that these minor errors in what is otherwise a very good book are corrected in the later edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars touching clouc base 20 Nov 2010
very good book for people wanting to take up paragliding . not hard to understand , and keeps you interested all the way through .
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