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From RAKAPOSHI to K2

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It was one of those events that a man remembers for a rest of his life. I and my friend Ďuro Kleja decided in 2011 to fly over Karakoram and reach the second-highest mountain in the world – K2. On several common expeditions we decided on an offensive way of flight in two. And it was the effective ultimate way of flight thanks to which we are the first in the world who flew from Hunza Valley to the heart of the mountains – to the beautiful K2.

We flew this extremely hard track 280 km long just in 2 days, without any oxygen concentrators and any ground support. Situations of a huge exhaustion were changing by strong feelings from so close contact with the mountains. And I can say today that it was an honor for me to fly with Ďuro in so gorgeous and wild mountains.

Dalibor Carbol

Quality equipment for your BIVOUAC flights

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Preparation for challenges like these is not easy and high quality material equipment plays a huge role in terms of success or failure of the whole expedition. That’s why I set to development of a special bivouac equipment subtitled FLY 7000. You can take a look at it here and order directly.

The basis of EL SPEEDO products with the attribute FLY 7000 is a pressure on simplicity associated with a low weight, an excellent functionality, high quality materials and a precise processing.

Thanks to our experience we can offer you products designed without any compromises and debugged to become your helpers on travels.

 

TIPS for your Bivouac flights 

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In general, the minimalism of your equipment is a key when you need to lead uphill or move somewhere. A prerequisite for fast and safe achieving a goal is the effective offensive way of flight. If you fly slowly and plan for a lot of breaks you have to bring more equipment – and it unpleasantly burden and slowing you down. The probability that you will meet a bad weather in high mountains is suddenly much higher.

So – focus on creating your track and choose it according to what you think you are able to fly in 2-3 days. Then you will not burden your back with a lot of equipment.

And one more advice – bring along a Kindle book reader. You should set out for a flight in high mountains with an absolute inner piece. And an interesting book before the start gives another dimension to the whole day.

Our EXPEDITIONS 

SHIVLING - Indie 2013

We knew the area Himachal Pradesh (in the south of Himalayas) before, my friend Ďuro and I were flying there in 2002 pretty intense 10 days and the atmosphere was simply gorgeous. It was our first big bivouac with no phones, no radios, no GPSes, no ground support and even without a backup plan. But a monsoon came in the end so we had to pack up.

On this expedition (2013) we were trying to finish the first overflight Manali – Shivling. So the track 235 km long flown a bivouac way without any oxygen concentrators and ground securing.

Shivling is 6543 m high mountain (very similar to European Matterhorn) lying in the northern Indian state – Uttarakhand. To fly there was very interesting – the beggining was calmer and then the intensity increased. The range up to Shivling, which is well enclosed by high mountains, seemed very difficult but still we were ready to take that challenge.

Unfortunately the weather and low ceiling 3500 m only did not let out of Kullu Valley farther on this interesting track. So we spent a lot of time in Manali. It was a hard decision but we changed the plan finally and went through Rottang Pass into an area around Keylong. And we experienced there some extremely interesting days when flying in wild mountain conditions.

We participated the expedition in pair: Dalibor Carbol – Filip Bušo

Our equipment: Gliders GRADIENT – serial NEVADA (26) and ASPEN 4 (26), Harnesses CHOGORI.

If it goes about equipment protecting us during a stay in high mountains we rely on products by HANNAH and MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR.

CHAN TENGRI - Kyrgyzstan 2012

For 2012, we decided to finish our bivouac flights from previous years and reach Chan Tengri – the second highest mountain of Tian Shan in the northeast of Kyrgyzstan.

We chose our fast offensive way of flight and flew from Karakol, through the center of Tian Shan, to Chan Tengri and Pik Pobeda just in 2 days. It was not an easy flying. Rapid weather changes, strong turbulent wind, sharp stinging thermals and afternoon thunderstorms everywhere – these are traps we had to deal with.

Pilots:

Juraj Kleja
Dalibor Carbol
Karel Vrbenský

FROM NANGA PARBAT TO K2 – Pákistán 2011

For that year we prepared an extremely interesting but also unpredictable track in Northern Pakistan – a bivouac flight from Nanga Parbat to K2. It sounds wild, and it also was. We were putting off this project for 2 years for safety reasons but we still believed that one day there will be peace finally and we will devote to flying around the highest peaks of the world.

Start:
Nanga Parbat – South side of Rupal Face, Northern Pakistan

The expected flight track:
From Nanga Parbat we will continue through Deosai Plateau to Skardu Valley, where the confluence of Indus and Shigar River is. Then we would like to fly across the Braldu Valley and a small town Askole towards to Baltoro Glacier, where we should fly around Masherbrum. The plan for the end is to get in range of Broad Peak and K2. This track over 2 turn points has around 260 km but which way will the mountains let us go finally? It´s in the stars.

Pilots:
Juraj Kleja
Dalibor Carbol

And the result?
We flew 450 km overall in 4 days, in the Pakistani Himalayas, of which by bivouac flight overcame 285 km long track from Hunza Valley above the K2 Base Camp and back to the village Askole. During the flight we overcame the height of 7000 m without any oxygen concentrators and also broke the Czech and Slovak unofficial altitude record. On June 8th 2011 at 4 pm local time we reached the K2 Base Camp. We managed this extremely demanding track in 2 days – just over 11 hours of flight in total.

After a couple days of rest we finally set out in the originally planned launch in the area of Nanga Parbat and flew another 90 km in these beautiful and wild mountains to a city Skardu – in 3 hours and a half.

ARGENTINA 2007

The Arentina and her always windy Andes – that was a challenge for which we really looked forward. We chose an approach from the north to the south, started in a small town Salta we gradually struggled all means of transport to Mendoza and a little further below.

On this expedition we had no big ambitions for a length of the flight. We didn´t want to rush, we wanted to enjoy the atmosphere of a bivouac flight and please our taste buds with a quality food and drinks. But it doesn´t mean that we came here to goof off.

The first day of flight, we managed to get into higher mountains unfortunately the ceiling around 4000 m didn´t allow us to jump over higher peaks. Besides the days sitting in a room because of a pouring rain, we also marched in a fog and slid in a mud into riverbeds swollen mountain streams. Then we were zigzagging across the valley, trying to dry up, which didn´t let us fly out high enough to leap over the 5000 m mountains and ridges. When we needed we took a bus, when we could fly, so we flew.

This event gave us a lot of exciting experiences with the windy Andes. And we would like to come back there one day again for sure.

Pilots:
Juraj Kleja
Dalibor Carbol

Glides:
Envy (by MAC PARATECHNOLOGY)

Start:
Salta, Northern Argentina

The foothills of Tian Shan – KYRGYZSTAN 2006

This year we wanted to continue in our last track and fly around Yssyk Kull Lake in northern Kyrgyzstan, in the mountain range Tian Shan. In a team composed of Karel Vrbenský, Juraj Kleja and Dalibor Carbol we had to deal with hard conditions caused by the windy mountains always surrounded by thunderstorms on the southern and northern shores of Issyk Kull.

In such a high-performance line-up we had a really high ambitions. We wanted to fly over Tian Shan as close to Chan Tengri. But we didn´t know how surprisingly difficult task we planned. Flying on the south side of Yssyk Kull was pretty wild but we made the most of it. The north shore was filled with regular afternoon thunderstorms. But we still moved there after complications with a flying through a high plateau. We tried to get round thunderstorms there as far as the end of the lake where we flew to the south shore again continued towards Chan Tengri.

Nevertheless, we didn´t reach Chan Tengri in the end, we did a really good job in these 11 days. And I´m still wondering how we managed to come home safely.

Pilots:
Juraj Kleja
Karel Vrbenský
Dalibor Carbol

Glides:
Ares (SKY PARAGLIDERS)

Start:
Southwest side of Yssyk-Kullu, Northern Kyrgyzstan

Flight duration:
11 days

From Suusamyr to Yssyk Kull – KYRGYZSTAN 2004

Another expedition in Kyrgyzstan where we also dedicated to bivouac flying. This time we were just two – Dalibor Carbol a Karel Vrbenský – focusing on a flight from the Suusamyr Valley to Yssyk Kull. We brought a video camera for a first time to record this interesting performance and beautiful experience. Without any ground support.

We drew a lesson from last years’ experience of flying in the Suusamyr Valley and returned in the smallest possible group – just two on the scene. We chose the middle of summer which promised a more stable flight conditions.

The plan was to reach as far as possible of course. We were really energizing and ready to do maximum for a long flight.

Unfortunately we were chased by thunderstorms almost every day which drove us out gradually from one valley to another. We flew through beautiful places, almost touched rocks and mountain ridges, landed near herdsmen and on another launching places. Our track to Yssyk Kull was bent many times but we battled in the right direction. We reached „Kočorka“ – a village near Yssyk Kull – exhausted but absolutely happy. We had fantastic 6 days in beautifully tough mountains.

Pilots:
Karel Vrbenský
Dalibor Carbol

Start:
Suusamyr Valley, Central Kyrgyzstan

Flight duration:
6 days

Susamyr – KYRGYZSTAN 2003

Historically, our first bivouac flying in Kyrgyzstan. In a team composed of Janík Filipek, Martin Komárek, Karel Vrbenský a Dalibor Carbol we organized this event with the aim of sleeping on top of hills and flying further and further along the crest of Kyrgyzstan.

The beginning in Bishkek was incredible – luckily we flood out just one block of flats… The mountains were for our explosive group definitely safer. The problem turned out to spring weather which regularly served us thunderstorms and then covered up the sky. Our friend Martin Komárek decided to explore Bishkek so we three went towards first flights in Suusamyr Valley on the other side of the Kyrgyz ridge. We experienced there a really strong thermals so we spent quite a lot of time in clouds without much effort.

For the first time we landed and slept on the hills above Susamyr, we were flying around their snow caps, we have reached heights over 4000 m and enjoyed the views no one seen before, because in these places people just haven´t flown before.

Pilots:
Janík Filipek
Karel Vrbenský
Dalibor Carbol

Start:
Suusamyr Valley, Central Kyrgyzstan

Flight duration:
3 days

Gliders:
Avax (GRADIENT)
Grand (MAC PARATECHNOLOGY)
Ares Proto (SKY PARAGLIDERS)

The flight over Himachal Pradesh – INDIA 2002

In 10 days, without any ground support, no radios, no GPSes, no compass, no watches, no video camera, just us two – Dalibor Carbol and Juraj Kleja. Absolutely free movement in this gorgeous and wild area of southern Himalayas, in places where no one has flown before.

Ďuro and I met at a festival in Turkey, planned what we want to do and 2 weeks after we were sitting in a plane to India. The fast action without more preparation. It was our first bigger bivouac we wanted to realize.

We discussed the equipment a lot – should we bring radios? GPSes? And what about reserves and helmets?… We wanted to reduce the weight to minimum, no useless things.

The plan was to fly from Manali in direction of Nanda Devi as far as possible. During 10 days we were zigzagging and sometimes flying back in various curved valleys and so reached the middle of the track. Unfortunately, a typical autumn weather with no thermals came and stopped our effort.

We have experienced a lot of intense moments which became the basis of our next expeditions. This event set us a very high limit for assessing our future flights. And even more.

Pilots:
Juraj Kleja
Dalibor Carbol

Start:
Manali (Himachal Pradesh, India)

Flight duration:
10 days

Gliders:
Intox proto (MAC PARATECHNOLOGY)
Brontes (SKY PARAGLIDERS)

Travel expedition NEW ZELAND 2001 – 2002

Six-month expedition where we realized many first flights in mountains of South and North Island. And in tandem Blanka Smékalová and Dalibor Carbol we set out to the top of New Zeland´s highest mountain – Mt. Cook.

The aims of this event were simple – get to know as much as possible of flying areas of New Zeland, travel and practise at a new places.

Just 2 huge backpacks and us. It took a while than we bought a car so we had to move by hitchhiking at the beginning. In the incredibly beautiful and varied nature of New Zeland we felt absolutely free. We were flying everywhere we could (even where we couldn´t), we took a lot of photos, wrote some articles and just had a good time.

This event greatly influenced our thinking and an attitude towards people. After homecoming we set up the project El Speedo and our first paragliding school – Beskydská škola létání – which is the leader among paragliding training centees until now.

Pilots:
Blanka Smékalová
Dalibor Carbol

Flight duration:
6 months

Gliders:
Avax RX (GRADIENT)
Sharon Bi (EASY FLY)