|Beautiful evening flight. Can you spot the hang glider?|
Hyner View has been a hang gliders paradise since 1975. Set in beautiful central Pennsylvania, a blissful 20 minute drive outside of cell range, it's one of the oldest flying sites on the East Coast, according to the Hyner Hang Gliding Club. The launch site faces an ideal west/northwest, and with panoramic views of the Susquehanna River below, it's a great lookout spot regardless if your penchant for running off the sides of cliffs. There's also plenty to do, (hiking, swimming, tubing, riding bikes up the 7-mile hill to the launch area) if you're not interested in flying.
I've been a guide/organizer for TerraMar Adventures since 2008 and finally got up to Hyner for the first time this year. After the four hour drive from Philadelphia, we camped out right on the edge of the landing zone, which is entirely private land, and spent the weekend watching the wind, building bonfires and exploring. Experienced hang gliding pilot Shawn took folks up to the launch at regular intervals depending on the conditions. I didn't partake in the flying, but still had a blast hiking, swimming, relaxing, and watching others hurl themselves off the mountain strapped to Shawn and his tandem glider. I rode up to launch with Shawn and two TerraMar members to prep for a flight, and captured most of the process on film:
Hanggliding with TerraMar Adventures from Katie Levy on Vimeo.
Driving up to launch at Hyner View, unpacking and assembling the glider, safety checks and practice runs were all part of the process. For the run off the edge, timing is everything, and it's obvious Shawn has it down to a science.
It was awesome to watch, but I'm still way too much of a chicken to do it! Thanks to Shawn and the Hyner Club for being such amazing hosts, and to my fellow TerraMar guides for putting together an awesome weekend! Have you ever been hang gliding? If not, is it something you'd want to try?