SAT NIGHT VIDEO: Birdman of the Karakoram!by Jack Geldard - Editor - UKC Sep/2009
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John Sylvester and Al Hughes' journey takes them through Pakistan along the Karakoram highway and beyond, into the very heart of the Karakoram mountains. The movie involves the travel, the villages and their people and the special environment surrounding them. John is in his element, both meeting old friends on the mountain and admiring the stunning peaks he flies through.
John embraces ground breaking flying with the concept of flying new routes, as a climber and mountaineer would climb a new route. John is flying where no one has been before. As a climber I can associate with this. John is taking extreme flying to new levels and has the vision to take it further.
As a mountaineer with little knowledge of paragliding, other than being amazed by seeing them fly above me, I was inspired by this film and the level of adventure involved. I can't even begin to imagine the skill and technique required to perform at extreme altitude flying.
VIDEO: Birdman of the Karakoram
The music and editing of this film was done by Ray Saunders of 2rays productions.