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Touching Cloudbase: The Complete Guide to Paragliding [Paperback]

Ian Currer
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1 Oct 2011
"Touching Cloudbase" is the world's best selling guide to the sport. It is widely used as a course textbook in the UK and many other countries. This 5th edition is more comprehensive than ever, dealing with all aspect of the sport; from health and safety to understanding the weather, and from setting up your equipment, to mountain flying or using a paramotor. New chapters cover expeditions, speed flying and Acro flying. Almost every professional school and instructor recommends "Touching Cloudbase". It not only gives a clear introduction to the sport, but provides all the information needed to pass your BHPA Elementary, Club, and Pilot level exams! This book contains details on everything from assessing conditions and launch techniques to buying kit and flying cross-country. It is packed with inspirational photographs and excellent illustrations. "Touching Cloudbase" is ideal for both the reader interested in finding out more about the sport and the pilot under training.

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  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Air Supplies; 5th edition edition (1 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0952886227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0952886228
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ian's cheerful and to the point prose style means that you rarely need to go over a paragraph twice to make sense of it." (Skywings magazine) "It is possible to learn paragliding without Touching Cloudbase but it is hard to imagine why anyone would want to!" (Skywings magazine)"

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Ian Currer is also the author of Windsurfing The Complete Guide, & Kitesurfing The Complete Guide, both highly successful publications in the UK and beyond. He has been an author and professional paragliding instructor for over 27 years. Ian is the principal architect of the current UK training system, an examiner or instructors and co-author of several of the associations' exam papers.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This new and expanded edition of 'Touching Cloud-Base' should be, in my opinion, required reading for all those interested in the exciting sport of Paragliding. It covers all aspects of the sport, choosing suitable equipment, basic meterology, site assessment, how a wing flies, controlling the wing on the ground & in the air, details the BHPA pilot rating system etc., etc.
It is, however, as the author makes clear in his introduction, NOT a teach yourself manual.
After reading Touching Cloud-Base, any new comer to the sport will be better able to make an informed choice regarding choice of equipment, necessary training etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As it says.... complete guide 7 April 2014
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A very good read.

It's the sort of book that I have just read before training for EP and once I have my Elementary Pilot's licence, I KNOW that a second read will give me so much more when going for my CP (Club Pilot) licence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Touching Cloud Base 29 Jun 2013
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After having a tandem flight I thought I'd read a bit about this fascinating type of aviation
The book is clear, well written and gives good details about UK paragliding
You can't learn to paraglide with this alone but it does give good general advice
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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As someone interested in learning more about Paragliding, and not having tried it yet, I find this to be a very good book to inform and offer insight into all the key aspects of paragliding. The book offers the level of detail that the initially curious reader might not think about, whilst they are daydreaming about flying at 1000 meters with the cool breezy air beneath ones feet! The book reveals what is involved - what it means to live with the sport: the gear to use, the training, safety, air law, meteorology and others - while piquing ones interest and fueling the visual appeal with good colour photos of daring do and breath-taking vistas from the air.

It is NOT a teach-yourself book: and there are none. This is a serious sport; while having fun and enjoying the incredible freedom of paragliding (as I anticipate it to be!), the underlying message of this book is to develop as a pilot with ones intelligent use of risk-mitigating planning, anticipation and safe practice. You can have a fantastic time in flying to reach the base of clouds, soaring on thermals and experiencing life in a new and enriching way, while at the same time being in control, and aware of the incumbent 'downside' of human flight. The book brings home the fact that this sport is not of the same casualness of kite-flying on the beach: it is about piloting a vehicle in the skies.

The book covers about 40 short chapters that cover each topic neatly and permits quick reference to refresh the reader's memory. It is a good door-opener to see what paragliding involves, aside from what someone in my experience has - just to see them on the slopes and in the sky from a distance.
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2.0 out of 5 stars a waste of money, for me 19 Jun 2012
I was looking for a book that while not too technical, is a beginners book. One which explains how to fly. This isn't it.
Sure, the author explains that in the introduction, but you have to buy the book to find that out. He does call it "The complete guide to ...", and then says in the intro that it isn't !!
This book is more of a coffee-table type book which leaves your instructor to explain everything -It gives a more general overview of the sport with a lot of pretty photos; but few diagrams and some of those of little use. The book provides very little back-up or reinforcement to what an instructor will be saying.
Sadly, for me, money wasted.
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