Twenty-sixteen just added another year to my age but that doesn’t mean I’m less fun of a person. 😛 So with that, I decide to go YOLO on my cake day and ticked something off my bucket list — PARAGLIDING.
My TF friends have planned on doing this for a long time already but we just couldn’t find the time when most of us are available. So when the window of opportunity opened for us, it was April 24. My birthday. I didn’t have plans for my birthday because budget constraints, so I gave it a thought and said to myself, oh well YOLO this shiz! And it was one of the best decisions I’ve made. 🙂
(n). a sport in which a wide canopy resembling a parachute is attached to a person’s body by a harness in order to allow them to glide through the air after jumping from or being lifted to a height.
Tandem Paragliding is when you fly together with a certified tandem pilot. It uses a bigger wing to hold both the passenger and the pilot, wherein the passenger is seated comfortably in the front on a harness and is securely attached to the pilot.
If you’re worried about safety, don’t be. They highly prioritize the passenger’s safety and the pilots ensure utmost fun during the flight. It is very important that you listen to your pilot and follow his instructions on point.
Paragliding is an activity wherein the weather and wind conditions play a very big part to a successful flight. We were lucky that is was a sunny Sunday and according to our guide, Sir Rolly, the wind was great for flying.
How To Get to Carmona Ridge Fly Site?
Our meet-up place was in JAC Liner Terminal near Buendia LRT. We took the bus with the Biñan/Biñan Carmona Exit signage.
Travel time is around an hour and fare up to Paseo de Carmona where we alighted, is 52php. From there, our friends fetched us to met up with sir Rolly and take us to Carmona Ridge.
You will pass by rough roads on your way to the grassland landing site where you can park your car/s. From there, a pick-up truck took us to the ridge and the trip uphill was already an adventure by itself.
Upon reaching the ridge, you need to have your names listed and wait for your turn to fly! You can set-up a picnic like we did while waiting, although I wouldn’t recommend a full stomach when you fly. 😛 You’ll be a disaster waiting to happen.
Do note that you need to book your session/flight before heading to Carmona so they can accommodate you and further advise you on when is the best time to fly.
Tandem Paragliding is 3,500php/per person (weekend rate) for a flight of 10 to 15 minutes. But can be shorter depends on the weather and wind condition. You can request to shorten your flight once you start to feel queasy.
We got a bit of a discount because we were a large group so I recommend that you do this with friends! The more, the merrier!
What To Wear?
Wear light and comfortable outdoor clothing. Recommended to wear long-sleeved top or bring arm sleeves as hot weather is expected, pants, and running or hiking shoes.
What To Bring?
As always, travel light! Bring your sun protection kit — sunblock, shades, hat, bandana, etc. I also bought my Headware with me which was really useful as a dust-barrier and it kept my eyeglass in place during the flight. 😛 Bring an extra change of clothes and toiletries (alcohol, wet wipes, etc).
You can also bring your baon and don’t forget to bring lots of water!
And another important thing to not forget — your CAMERA!! Best if you have a GoPro or similar action cameras so you can take it while flying. Don’t forget your monopod as well and make sure that both are securely attached to each other.
It’s Time to Fly!
9:53 AM — Dads and I were celebrating our birthday that day so they’ve decided in accord that the two of us fly first in our group. I was about to go to the washroom when my name was suddenly called. I had no time to think twice nor get nervous, but I was so ready for it. What a way to celebrate another year, right?
I got in on my harness and strapped everything in, got my helmet on and was quickly briefed with the essentials — which is mainly to follow my pilot’s (Kuya Darvin) instructions. And in a matter of seconds, we were off in the air! It was one of the best feelings. EVER! (kasing level ng love. char!)
We were joking before my flight that since we were all adrenaline junkies, all of us will max out the 15min flight time and I agreed wholeheartedly to it. And guess what, my total flight time was 28mins. Haha! It’s not because it was my birthday, but because when we were about to land, the wind suddenly picked up making it quite difficult for us to land so we had to keep on flying and even going higher at that. The key is to keep your eyes on the horizon but even with that technique, I was feeling a little queasy already when our altitude increased so I kept my eyes closed for a while to compose myself.
Most of my flight time I was just chill and chatted with my pilot, enjoyed the view, threw my adrenaline to the wind, said a prayer and felt my utmost gratefulness for being able to experience something awesome. Definitely one for the books!
28mins later and a heavy dose of euphoria, Kuya Darvin landed us safely at the grassland below. Whew~ I have to admit that I was already a bit dizzy when we landed but I would certainly do it again and make sure that I am properly hydrated the next time. Too bad my GoPro ran out of memory so I wasn’t able to take a footage of our landing which was really cool with all the swirly maneuvers (made my insides go swirly too lol) and swoops. It is safely banked in my memory as I enjoyed every single second of it. 🙂
You can check out my condensed experience on video below! 😀
Our friend, Jam, took her Theta 360 camera for a test run on our trip and it’s too freaking cool! I want one! It can take 360 photos and videos!
Theta-rific! ;D #paragliding@carmona #camerahaus #jamamramos #alwaysgrateful #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA
If you want to experience tandem paragliding, you can contact my friend Jam Ramos or Sir Rolly Magpayo on Facebook.