Voss is a small town about a two-hour drive from where we live. It has been best known for winter sports, but during recent years it has also established itself as a centre for so called extreme sports. At the moment there is a festival called Ekstremsportsveko (The Extreme Sport Week) where anyone with a suicide complex can take part in a number of death-defying activities. A quote from their homepage should give an indication:
Ekstremsportveko is build upon the four elements; water, air, earth and fire. Kayaking, rafting, kiting, big air and freeride represent water. BASE, skydiving, paragliding and hanggliding represent air. Longboarding, climbing, MTB/BMX and multisport are based on the earth element, whereas the festival program is rooted in fire.Now, I have no wish to leave this life before I have to, but I'll admit to my share of curiosity. Since yesterday promised to be a lovely they for this kind of thing, my youngest daughter and I grabbed a camera and drove off to see what we could find. What we found can be seen above. A number of paragliders were falling out of the sky. Someone said that there were about a hundred, but since many of them flew several times and a lot of others left for places further off, it was impossible to say.
I tried to concentrate on just one of them and follow him down:
Here he is getting a bit closer
And then he meets one of his colleagues - first on one side,
then on the other.
Finally - down on the ground.
Maybe you would also like a peep at the the kind of view they had and a look at Voss at the same time?
PS More about Sky Watch Friday at Wigger's World