Golden will be looking up to the skies this July. The Paragliding and Hang gliding Nationals are coming back to Golden. The nationals, which have been held in Golden more times than any other venue combined, will be taking place July 10-16 for hang gliders and from July 18-22 for the paragliders.
“People are welcome to watch from town, the Eco Ranch or go up to the take-off area on Mt.7,” says Scott Watwood, Altitude Adventures Tandem Paragliding and Golden Flying Site Operations Manager.
It shouldn’t be difficult to spot the competitors, locals can expect to see as many as 40 to 50 gliders in the air during the beginning of competition, which will most likely be between 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day.
The Nationals are open to all abilities and there are usually around 100 participants. Landing areas can range from the Eco Ranch to Invermere, depending on weather conditions.
Last year’s nationals first task was to the Invermere airport, which is about 102 kilometres away. The winner received a time of two hours and 36 minutes.
The Nationals aren’t the only tournaments bringing the best to Golden. The Willi Muller Memorial Competition will also be returning from July 23-31.
Both competitions will not only be bringing out competitors from across the nation and the world, but a few locals will be taking flight too.
Sign up for nationals and Willi Muller are still open to those who wish to join. If you would simply like to watch, head to the Mt 7 take-off area or to the eco ranch on the days of competition.