High Hopes in the French Alps


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Riser Distance Setting
(fig 1.)

… A Series of Paragliding Related Podcasts…

Here is our first offering, on the subject of:

‘Harness Set Up and Riser Distance Setting’ (12 mins)

We hope you enjoy it!

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The following  podcast is an Addition, to  Riser Distance Settings. (7 mins)

Kortel Harness, Point of Force (fig. 2)

DHV Point of Measurement (fig. 3)

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Podcast Session III on,
Harness Variations, Reserves, Flight Decks and General Maintenance (23 mins)

Stirrup and Accelerater Loop/Bar Set Up

Stirrup with Easy Accelerater Loop/Bar Access

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Podcast Session IV on, Gliders, Certification & Suitability (21 mins)

Air Turquoise - EN Certification Standards - Link

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If you have any diffculty with the subscriptions and iTunes isn’t working for you, please try using this link kindly given to us by Richard Ulrich, hopefully this will solve any problems. Thanks Richard!

If you encounter any difficulties with the downloads, would you please let us know.  We’d really appreciate knowing if there are any glitches.


Please feel free to leave any comments.

Dennis and Gillian


  1. Hi Gillian,

    Really enjoyed the harness setting podcast – but unable to play the second session on variations – just says ‘file not found’. Thought you’d like to know….

    Have read Dennis’s many articles with interest and, since I am about to retire from the RAF, hope to have more time for paragliding – and maybe get a visit arranged out to your Flying Lodge in 2010.

    Happy New Year to you both.


    Comment by Phil | December 29, 2009 | Reply

    • Hi Phil,
      Thanks so much for letting me know about the second podcast. Hopefully, that should be working ok now.

      We’re really pleased you enjoyed the first podcast and Dennis’ articles. It would be great if you came out to visit in 2010, we will look forward to it.

      Wishing you a Very Happy New Year too!

      Comment by Gillian | December 29, 2009 | Reply

  2. Managed to get it this time – thanks. Really informative. Looking forward to the next session on wings – any time soon?

    Comment by Phil | December 29, 2009 | Reply

    • Great! good to know it’s all working. Hopefully within the week we’ll have the next one ready!

      Comment by Gillian | December 29, 2009 | Reply

  3. Hi.

    Interesting & enjoyed listening to your Podcasts, and some good tips.
    Thanks for taking the time to produce these.


    Comment by Jonce | January 25, 2010 | Reply

    • Hi Jonce,
      Thanks for the feedback, very much appreciated. Also, thanks for the pm, and the tips, too! Really, glad you enjoyed them, and found some of the content useful.

      Comment by Gillian | January 26, 2010 | Reply

      • Hi Gillian
        Played this again last night to a new fling friend, he found it usfull

        (Still wondering if you going to do a pod cast on radio settings, for ordering a pizza!!
        I think about that day every time I have a pizza! x)

        Comment by Andy | December 18, 2014

      • Hi Andy,
        Sorry didn’t reply sooner… I’d all but forgotten about the blog! Haven’t had anything much to report to be honest! How are you? Hope you managed to survive the Festive season, ok! Glad the podcast was of help to your friend. How is your flying Andy, I have seen some pics of your new wing on FB looks just fine! Pizza! ha ha… 😀 what channel would that be on then? Pizza the Action perhaps?! x

        Comment by Gillian | January 17, 2015

  4. I found your podcast on riser setting very useful. However, any advice on why I struggle to get seated once I’ve launched. I end up wriggling around far too much to push myself deep into the harness. I need to resolve this problem. any advice would be very grateful.

    Comment by Wendy Pearce | February 3, 2013 | Reply

    • Hi Wendy,
      Glad that you found the Podcast helpful. Regarding your harness, may I ask if you have had it set up on a rig to check the finer settings. You may be able to resolve this problem by a few strap adjustments, or if this fails, maybe take a look at the sizing. Harnesses tend to come in S/M/L and some XS sizes, but the cut of different manufacturers do differ, so it may be worth trying out a few different sizes, if you have difficulty getting out of the harness when landing then perhaps this would be worth trying. If however, you are happy, once in the harness and can get out easily enough,then all that you would need to assist you, would be the addition of a stirrup. Perhaps you could to take your harness back to your school flying instructor, and ask them to help you fit a stirrup, unless you are happy to attach it yourself. This should hopefully solve the problem, as this will enable you to push yourself back into the harness, after launch.
      Hope this helps!

      Comment by Gillian | February 8, 2013 | Reply

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