LTPG Alumni Krischa Berlinger on the Roster for 2017 Redbull X-Alps
Tackling the Toughest Adventure Race in World
We’re stoked to announce that one of our former students will be on the start line this year for one of the toughest events in paragliding. Held every other year, the Redbull X-Alps sends pilots through seven different countries as they traverse the Alps from Salzburg to Monaco. As a Swiss native, Krischa is pretty familiar with the route, from both his local flying days as well as his time supporting American Dave Turner’s X-Alps attempt in 2015.
We first met Krischa in Summer of 2011. He was living out of his fan while climbing his way around the US, eventually making his way out West to learn to fly with Lake Tahoe Paragliding. In the years since, he’s chased flying pretty hard, making cross country flight in countries all over the world.
In 2016, he and Slovakian pilot Jakub Beno set off an epic vol-biv (French for “flight camping”) expedition across the Pamir mountains in central Asia. It was a crazy, 43 day journey, as described in an interview with Red Bull X-Alps organizers-
The straight-line distance was 1400km. But this fails to fully capture the intensity of their adventure. They flew 1170km and walked 740km.
Berlinger and Beno’s adventure began at the start of July in Tajikistan’s Zeravashan Valley. They hiked and flew eastward to Rasht Valley and on to one of the world’s highest plateaus – the Pamir, or “the roof of the world”.
They then crossed into Kyrgyzstan where they traversed the Tian Shan mountain range, where the ancient Silk Road once passed. From there, they made their way to Lake Issyk Kul before arriving at the country’s capitol city, Bishkek, the end point of the adventure.