Robert Fawcett familiarizes himself with a new wing alongside the Gastineau Channel at Wayside Park on Wednesday. “When you’re up on the mountain, you get more variables, more winds and gusts,” Fawcett said in a brief interview. “The same controls you use in the air, you use on the ground. It’s always good to practice.” Fawcett said he’d taken the wing off a mountain on Monday. “I like the hike up,” Fawcett said. “I don’t like the hike down.”

Robert Fawcett familiarizes himself with a new wing alongside the Gastineau Channel at Wayside Park on Wednesday. “When you’re up on the mountain, you get more variables, more winds and gusts,” Fawcett said in a brief interview. “The same controls you use in the air, you use on the ground. It’s always good to practice.” Fawcett said he’d taken the wing off a mountain on Monday. “I like the hike up,” Fawcett said. “I don’t like the hike down.”

Photos: Catching air

Cold doesn’t stop paragliding.

Fawcett bundles up the new wing.

Robert Fawcett familiarizes himself with a new wing alongside the Gastineau Channel at Wayside Park on Jan. 27, 2021. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

Robert Fawcett familiarizes himself with a new wing alongside the Gastineau Channel at Wayside Park on Jan. 27, 2021. “When you’re up on the mountain, you get more variables, more winds and gusts,” Fawcett said in a brief interview. “The same controls you use in the air, you use on the ground. It’s always good to practice.” Fawcett said he’d taken the wing off a mountain on Monday. “I like the hike up,” Fawcett said. “I don’t like the hike down.” (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

Fawcett picks up speed before taking flight.

Robert Fawcett familiarizes himself with a new wing alongside the Gastineau Channel at Wayside Park on Wednesday. “When you’re up on the mountain, you get more variables, more winds and gusts,” Fawcett said in a brief interview. “The same controls you use in the air, you use on the ground. It’s always good to practice.” Fawcett said he’d taken the wing off a mountain on Monday. “I like the hike up,” Fawcett said. “I don’t like the hike down.”

By Michael S. Lockett

Juneau Empire

Cold doesn’t stop paragliding.

Fawcett bundles up the new wing.

Fawcett bundles up the new wing.

Robert Fawcett familiarizes himself with a new wing alongside the Gastineau Channel at Wayside Park on Jan. 27, 2021. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

Robert Fawcett familiarizes himself with a new wing alongside the Gastineau Channel at Wayside Park on Jan. 27, 2021. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire)

Fawcett picks up speed before taking flight.

Fawcett picks up speed before taking flight.

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