Two decades of paragliding

According to my flight log book, it was the first of April 2002 when I had my first flight on a paraglider as pilot in control. Prior to that I did a tandem flight as the passenger and a few days at the training hill.
Of course it all started much earlier. I wanted to fly for as long as I can remember. Lots of boys wanted to become pilots. I don’t know if that wish is comparable to todays kids wanting to become influencers. Whatever. I carried my wish to become a pilot longer than most kids. When I started an apprenticeship as a mechanic, the plan was to become a helicopter mechanic afterwards and to make the pilot license. The other common path was to become an electrician and specialize on the flight electronics. I also explored that path for a bit, but decided on the mechanic path. In parallel, I started in the selection process for army pilots. Also there I wanted to become a helicopter pilot. Every path was viable that would lead me to become a REGA helicopter pilot in the future.
I have known for a while that one of my eyes is a bit weaker. It was never a problem so far. But in the army selection process, that was the reason for dropping out. So I collected as much information on my options as I could. It would still have been possible to make the helicopter pilot license, but paying the 100k all on my own was just not possible. And even after that, it would have been nearly impossible to find a job. There were lots more pilots that wanted to work than there were jobs. It went even so far that many pilots worked for free, just to get the hours to keep the license.
Already during my school time, my mother and me wanted to try paragliding. Every time there were vouchers in the newspaper, we checked the dates, and most of the time either of us was unavailable. So one day, my mother went alone to a training hill, and promptly broke her appendix. That didn’t discourage me in the slightest. I knew that once I try, I would want to start the training. The problem was that first I didn’t have enough money, and then during the study I didn’t have enough time. As soon as the study was finished, I started the paragliding training. It was the second best option after flying helicopter. Flying close to the terrain is something best done with a helicopter or a paraglider.
The first years of flying were the most intense. I met good friends that I still see in my early flying years. There were years with more than 300 flights. My whole free time was organized to get the most and longest flights I could get. I started to participate in competitions to get better at cross country flying. Flying comps was a lot of fun. Imagine a week long holiday with a hundred like minded pilots, that are as eager to fly. The only thing to be cautious in comps is to not take too much risk. There were enough examples of pilots who were clearly flying over their limits. I would estimate it’s less than 5% of pilots, but those are the ones, people point to when they want to paint comps in a bad light. I always knew that I did it for fun and that winning is not worth risking your health. There is always risk in everything you do, but with competition flying you can learn managing it pretty well, if you want. There are different risks. The risk to get a bad result, the risk of landing too early, the risk of not reaching the next thermal, the risk to end up in turbulent and uncomfortable air, the risk to get injured and the risk of death. For each risk you have to know how far you are ready to go to reach the goal you want to reach.
When you are so fully immersed in the flying circus, sooner or later you start thinking if you can make a living off of it. Nobody can live off of competition flying alone. Also sponsors only get you so far, and are hard to find. Lots of the best comp pilots are test pilots for the manufacturers. That sounds like fun, but appeared too risky for me. If you want to become better at a hobby, at some time you reach a point where you have to decide if it is more important than job and girlfriend. I really wanted to get better, but I didn’t want to think about a job that I liked less, or breaking up. Leading a normal live and have a family was ultimately more important to me than becoming a successful competition pilot. I had some role models that managed to still fly comps while having a family, but when one after the other divorced, that was a wake up call for me.
At one point I started reading the theory books for becoming an instructor. I never wanted to do it full time. As an instructor you watch the students flying and don’t fly a lot yourself. Also if you want to work part time as an instructor, you can be sure to work on the weekends. I have been flying tandem as a hobby and earned some bucks to finance the equipment for many years. But also that becomes less pleasant, when it is the job that pays your bills. At least that’s what I think. And last but not least, I like my job as a software developer, and was not really ready to give it up. That’s how I kept my hobby, and still like to do it.
Cross country flying is what I liked most, but since it requires lots of time, I had to give it up for the family. I hope I can resume it, when the kids are older. Until then I enjoy the shorter flights. Three years ago I figured out a way to get some short flights without taking too much time away from the family. Since then, I often run half way up the Urmiberg in the early morning to fly down again before going to work.
In those twenty years I completed 2’523 flights in 21 different countries on 68 different gliders. Most of it was in the first decade, though. 416 flights were on tandem gliders with passengers. 535 flights were on competition gliders. 160 flights were on speed gliders. 211 flights were on single skin gliders. As mentioned above, there were years with more than 300 flights in the beginning. When the kids were smaller I had some years with only 40 flights. Now with the RunAndFly, I am at around 90 flights per year again.
I saw marvelous landscapes from above. I met many cool and wonderful people through flying. I learned a tremendous amount about the weather and nature in general through flying. I learned a lot about setting and reaching goals as well as managing risk through flying. I will never stop flying as long as I can walk on my own two feet.

Rest in peace Seppel & Hoppel

Yesterday I had to bury the beloved pet bunnies of our kids.

But let’s start from the beginning. While I had plenty of pets in my childhood, my wive was less lucky in that regard. So she was especially eager to enable that possibility for our kids. Before they went to school, we bought a cat. Even though my wive was as excited as the kids in the beginning, it didn’t turn out so well in the end. After that we evaluated for a while, what pet would be best suitable for our family. I always preferred dogs, but we wouldn’t have enough time for that. And it wouldn’t work when we go to the Wallis at least once a month. So I just play with my parents dog whenever we visit them.

After much consideration we decided to buy two little bunnies, one for each kid. They were happy beyond description. Three years later they still say it was the happiest day in their lives. They spent the entire first day in front of the barn, as they were not allowed to touch them during the first few days. After that, they took them out for petting very often. That’s how they formed a profound connection. Most pet bunnies are very shy and don’t want to be touched at all. The bunnies of our kids were different. They knew our kids. When they were afraid of something, they jumped into the arms of our kids, as they felt safe with them. When our kids had a bad day at school, they took the bunnies out and cuddled for a while. It made them feel a lot better. I remember I did the same with the dog we had when I was a kid. Last week our kids celebrated the third birthday of their bunnies. They bought them presents and sang happy birthday for them.

When we were looking for a bigger apartment, one of the more important considerations was that there was room for the bunny barn, that it was reachable directly from the apartment and that there was grass right in front of the barn. It was quite difficult to find an apartment like that. We didn’t even consider apartments, where our kids would have to give up their bunnies. It would have broken their hearts.

Yesterday their hearts were broken nonetheless. The bunnies were out in the grass as they often are. Then a husky ran into our property and killed one of the bunnies inside the barn, where it escaped into supposed security. Then the husky chased the second bunny back and forth around our patio, before also badly hurting it. Our kids had to witness how their dear friends get killed right where they always played with them.

My wive who also had to watch it, took the bodies of the bunnies and the kids, and drove straight to the nearest veterinarian. But there was nothing he could do. One of the bunnies was already dead when they found him in the barn, the other was badly hurt and died on the way to the vet. The kids witnessed his last struggles.

I returned earlier from work to give them some comfort. And then we had to find a place to bury the bodies. The grass part of our patio would be too close for everybody. So we went to the small forest just in front. We didn’t want it to be directly adjacent to the path where the kids walk every day to school, but also not too far away. The little forest is very steep and rocky, so I had to dig four holes until I found a place where I was able to dig deep enough.

Today the kids didn’t go to school. My wive pained grave stones with the kids. They still cry all the time. I never saw them so devastated. Our neighbor who recently lost a cat, suggested to visit a person who can talk to deceased animals. To me this sounds way too esoteric, but at the moment we consider everything that helps to ease their pain. We might also have to go to some kind of therapy with the kids. They seem to have suffered a trauma.

The owners of the husky are very sorry, followed to the vet and wrote us a letter. While I am a bit more pragmatic, my wive and the kids can not forgive them, or even talk to them just yet. My wive was advised to report the incident to the authorities, as a predator like this could also be dangerous to small children.

Rest in peace Seppel & Hoppel, thanks for being such great companions for our kids. And I am sure you also had a good time with us.

Creating proof of reserves for an Electrum wallet

In my last post I promised to write about how you can produce a “proof of reserves” for your own wallet including hardware wallets. So, here we go. First you need an electrum multisig wallet that involves at least one hardware wallet. I won’t go into the details of how to construct this. Recently I created just such a wallet for testing purposes. You can download it and get a descriptor for it with the following steps:

git clone
cd electrum2descriptors
cargo run -- tests/wallets/multisig_hw_segwit

That will output two descriptors, one for receiving- and one for change addresses:


With this and the following commands, you can generate a bdk wallet, and a proof transaction:

cargo install --git --features=reserves,electrum
bdk-cli -n testnet wallet -w proofdemo1 --descriptor $DESC_EXT --change_descriptor $DESC_CHG --server ssl:// sync
bdk-cli -n testnet wallet -w proofdemo1 --descriptor $DESC_EXT --change_descriptor $DESC_CHG --server ssl:// produce_proof --message "Testnet coins are worthless"

That will produce a partially signed bitcoin transaction, which can look something like this:


Now load this transaction in your electrum wallet.
Here comes the interesting part: try to sign it.
Unfortunately I got the following error:

A wallet owned pubkey was not found in the transaction input to be signed.

This is an exception coming from the BitBox2 plugin.
So, lets take a step back and just use an electrum soft wallet with local key storage. We start again with the command to extract a descriptor. In the electrum2descriptors directory, execute:

cargo run -- tests/wallets/multisig_segwit

That again will output two descriptors, one for receiving- and one for change addresses:


With this and the following commands, you can generate a bdk wallet, and a proof transaction:

bdk-cli -n testnet wallet -w proofdemo2 --descriptor $DESC_EXT --change_descriptor $DESC_CHG --server ssl:// sync
bdk-cli -n testnet wallet -w proofdemo2 --descriptor $DESC_EXT --change_descriptor $DESC_CHG --server ssl:// produce_proof --message "Testnet coins are worthless"

That will produce a partially signed bitcoin transaction, which can look something like this:


Now load this transaction in your electrum wallet.
Unfortunately, the “Sign” button is deactivated.
So, apparently, there is nothing we can do at the moment. I will opened an issue with Electrum, and I am curious about what they think about adding support for signing proof PSBTs.

Of course we could sign the PSBT with bdk-cli, since we already transformed the Electrum wallet to descriptor format with electrum2descriptors, but that would only work with the soft wallet, while I am more interested in the use case with hardware wallets. There is at some point support for hardware wallets coming to BDK, but I don’t know when that will be.

Proof of Reserves

As part of my work at SEBA Bank, I recently implemented a “Proof of Reserves” feature for our cold storage. The idea behind “Proof of Reserves” is that custodial businesses holding cryptocurrency should create attestations as to their reserves. Essentially proofing that they indeed hold, and have control over the coins that customers deposited. We intend to use it for audits, and offer as a service to customers.

As part of this work, we recently released bdk-reserves, the first SEBA open source library. And we celebrated the release with a sabre. As it is based on BDK (Bitcoin Dev Kit), the goal is to integrate it into the umbrella of the BDK project.

I found some descriptions, ideas and code snippets, but nothing finished nor working. For a long time I have been looking for privacy preserving “proof of reserves”, but this would be a whole other topic. After some research, I decided to base the implementation on Bitcoin Improvement Proposal 127: Simple proofs-of-reserves. It describes how to form such a proof as a standardized “Partially Signed Bitcoin Transaction” (PSBT). The good thing about this is, that since it is a standardized format, most software- and hardware- wallets already understand it. What is different, is that the first input is a hash of a message, and the single output is unspendable. This renders the PSBT valid for handling in wallet software, but it can never be added to the blockchain. The even better part is, that unlike regular signatures, it also works for multisig wallets.

Neither auditors nor customers will have access to an installation of our cold storage software. So I looked for an easy way to verify the proofs that are produced by SEBA cold storage. My pull request was recently merged into the BDK commandline client.

So, let’s assume you are a SEBA client, have your precious coins in our super secure cold storage, and requested a proof of reserves. What you probably end up getting is a PSBT in text format that could look like this:


That’s quite a mouth full. It is so large (28.6 kB in this case), because it has 19 inputs, and for every one of them, we need signatures from multiple signers. You can load this PSBT in electrum. To do so, run electrum –testnet, click Tools->Load transaction->From text. In the new dialog, you paste the PSBT from above, and click “load transaction”. In the following Image you can see how Electrum visualizes the transaction. You can see that there is no fee, many inputs, only one output, and that Electrum can’t make sense of the first input, which is a hash of the proof message.

Now onto verifying that. In order to not repeat the above, let’s assume we already assigned it to the variable PROOF_PSBT, and also prepare some more variables:

PROOF_PSBT=cHNidP8BAP03AwEAAAATfUqj...the PSBT from above...TV64AAA==
PROOF_MSG="Stored in SEBA Bank AG cold storage"

Next, we install bdk-cli, and check how we need to feed the arguments:

cargo install --git --features=reserves,electrum

bdk-cli external_reserves --help

And finally, we run the verification:

bdk-cli -n testnet external_reserves "$PROOF_MSG" $PROOF_PSBT 3 $PROOF_ADDR --server ssl://

If successful, it will produce an output like this:

  "spendable": 53865580

That means the proof is valid for 53865580 satoshis, which is roughly half a Bitcoin.

That’s it for today. In an upcoming post, I will hopefully show you how to produce a “Proof of Reserves” yourself, involving Electrum, a hardware wallet and bdk-cli.

Blaming the healthy

More and more often I hear claims that the unvaccinated occupy beds in hospitals and shall somehow be solely responsible for spreading the virus. In reality 3% of hospital beds are currently occupied by Covid patients, and about half of them are fully vaccinated. 22% of beds in the supposedly overcrowded hospitals are empty. In addition, the healthy unvaccinated are excluded from going inside restaurants, museums, fitness centers and concerts. All while the vaxxed don’t need to test, nor wear face masks while going to those venues. It is no secret and never was, that the vaccine is no protection against spreading the virus, but merely against severe illness. Against all knowledge and facts, the pressure rises all the time to volunteer in the human trial of this experimental vaccine. Some say they take the vaccine not for themselves, but in the name of solidarity and they seek to pressure this onto others. So far, most people who took the vaccine, were coerced because they wanted to go to restaurants and clubs again.

I am not against the vaccine at all. I had many vaccinations in my live. But these were against illnesses that could harm me severely, and they were not experimental. I am not worried that I would be severely affected by Covid19. There are many factors to this. I am not elderly, I’m not obese and I don’t smoke. Instead I feel very healthy, I do sports, eat healthy and I make sure to have enough vitamin D. The unvaxxed people of more than 70 years in my family reported their infection to be about twice as bad as a regular flu. Hence also the genetic part is in the green. I understand and encourage everybody who is at risk by Covid to take the vaccine. It is a risk reward calculation that is different for every person. And everybody has to do it for himself. No, I don’t think that I would suffer badly from the vaccine, but “fact checkers” in mainstream media don’t really help in making an informed decision. In fact I see the risk of severe side effects as higher than from a Covid infection multiplied by the probability of getting infected by Covid. That is getting infected despite wearing a mask, social distancing and being banned from restaurants and public swimming pools. I also fully respect the decision to take the jab to participate in the social live again or for going to the gym. But what I don’t condone is, when people want to force others.

Of course I understand that people want something in return for surrendering their body to a science experiment. They get the peace of mind that the illness would most probably be less severe. That should be enough IMHO. But letting them spread the virus without restrictions, and then blame it on the healthy … aehm unvaccinated goes too far.

People who resisted all the propaganda, all the pressure, all the frequently changing narratives, all the shaming and all that fabricated guilt, must be pretty confident in our own health. We are most likely the kind of people who never in our live exhausted the health insurance franchise, and who never in our lives slept in a hospital bed. We in fact spent a lifetime paying other peoples medical bills, while keeping our selves healthy with foresight. And because we want to stay healthy, we are now portrayed as a burden to society. Is this really how solidarity works? I often hear that unvaccinated should pay their medical bills themselves or not be allowed to hospitals. Is this really how solidarity works? We pay your medical bills all live long, and when one of us needs something you want to deny it? Some even say that unvaccinated people should be banned from buying food, and starve to death. I fail to find words for that.

It would be nice if people, despite all the fear mongering, could respect basic human rights again such as those from the Nuremberg Code. So far I understood the power over your own body as one of the foundations of our society, as well as a basic human right. If people want to abandon the integrity and self determination over your own body, then we have to think very well about where to draw the line. Otherwise it could end up legitimizing rape, human trafficking and involuntary organ trade.

A lot of this ongoing drama reminds me of Idiocracy

The flood came close

The last big flood around here was in 2005. Back then I lived in Schwyz and worked in Unterägeri. I could not go to work for three days because all the roads were closed due to floods and mud slides. During this event, the apartment complex that we have been living in for the last ten and a half years was still in construction. While it was not finished, the basement and parking was completely flooded.

So when nearby “Lake Lucerne” reached the critical height of the most severe warning level again this week, our neighbors along with us worried that this could happen again. The management of the building did nothing to prevent it, while nearby buildings were much better prepared. My mother told me, that the car insurance might refuse to pay if it was predictable. So I placed my car outside for a few days. Paying for redundant parking was still less of a hassle than all the trouble that could have resulted otherwise.

Next to the house we currently live, flows a small stream that ends up in the lake. In the past week as the level of the lake rose, so did this little stream. Essentially, the lake extended back into the streams and rivers feeding it. Multiple times a day we checked the height of the water. By my guess, after another 15 centimeters more, the road would have been flooded as have many others in the village. If this happened, the water would float directly into our parking and basement.

We started fetching the most valuable stuff from the basement. But soon we decided to fetch most of the stuff. Since we are going to move house in three weeks, we just packaged up or disposed as much as we could.

My wive and hence also the kids were worried that the water could also reach our apartment. But that would have required the level of the lake to rise another 30 cm. This didn’t really worry me, as it would have extended the surface area of the lake tremendously, which would be massive amounts of additional water.

My wive now also appreciates the hillside location of our future home even more. Not much can happen up there in regards of natural dangers.

After a couple of days, the water started to recede, and the weather turned better. As I write this, the water level is already more than 10 cm lower than at its highest. To my knowledge there were no big damages around here. So our thoughts are with the People of the regions in Germany that were really badly affected by the floods.

No internet at the Dolder Grand

Today was our wedding anniversary. We usually celebrate this with a meal in a nice restaurant. Last year we went to the Swiss Chalet in Merlischachen. It was very nice and delicious. The reason we went there was that they accept payments in Bitcoin. So I decided to make this a tradition. Thing is, The Swiss Chalet was already so nice, it would be hard to top. I know most restaurants in our vincinity that accept BTC. But only last week, I was reminded that this is the case for the Dolder in Zürich. It is one of the fanciest places in Switzerland, and I was a bit worried that it would be super expensive. But if I can pay with BTC, I’m usually willing to spend a bit more. Their booking website had temporary technical difficulties, but we went anyway.
The place really looks super nice. The meal was delicious and the service was very good, even the prices were reasonable. On top of that, I could also charge the car. When I told the waiter that I’d like to pay with bitcoin, he had to get the device from another of the restaurants. In the meantime, I tried to get Internet on my notebook. Since there is still no usable Bitcoin wallet for Mobian nor for UBPorts, I mostly use my mobile computer for paying. The waiter advised me to use the open WiFi, and opt for “Tagesgast” (visitor) in the captive portal. Unfortunately, this portal had a bad day. I was unable to create an account. Neither with eMail nor with OAuth. All I got were error messages like “Beim Erstellen des Gastbenutzerkontos ist ein Problem aufgetreten. Wenden Sie sich an Ihren Netzwerkadministrator (Database query error (1b77a6f1))“. The waiter tried to help, and even wanted to use his account. But all he could tell was, that usually it would work. And no I couldn’t create a hotspot on my phone, as I have no mobile data plan. Well, I’m not your average consumer 😉
It happened to me before, that I went to a restaurant, because they advertised to accept BTC, and it didn’t work. Usually, the software was not properly set up. But that I was not even able to get internet was the first time. And this time was especially disappointing, because of the bigger than usuall bill, and the longer trip to get there.

a decade of accepting Bitcoin for paragliding

Today marks the 10th anniversary of an important blog post. It was the announcement that I started accepting Bitcoin for paragliding tandem flights. I had interest in the nascent internet currency for a couple of months prior to that. And I felt that what was missing were places where people could spend their coins.

Only very few people came to me and wanted to pay a flight with BTC. But since I went full in on BTC for my paragliding hobby, I convinced a couple of customers to send me BTC instead of a bank transfer. For some of them it was the first time. It’s cool in this regard, that you can buy BTC on every train ticket machine. Unfortunately nobody paid with Lightning so far, despite announcing a special in 2019.

Many things have happened in the last decade. In the meantime lots of people call it digital gold, and being mainly for investing. While for me it is still primarily the best, most reliable, censorship resistant, easy to use form of money. I never really liked credit cards, but seeing how much more secure and reliable BTC is for payments, I cancelled my last credit card seven years ago, and I never looked back.

Through Bitcoin I learned so much about the nature of money, and the shortcomings of our current financial system. And a year ago I started as Blockchain Engineer at SEBA Bank, turning my longtime hobby into my job.

Every time I buy something, I check out where I can pay with Bitcoin. While still not as abundant as I would like, the number of places that accept BTC have grown tremendously over the years. Some of these purchases, I would not have been able to afford, without the value of BTC raising in an unprecedented manner. But I still value the freedom and self-determination that BTC gives more than the wealth.

  • Gold is the money of kings
  • Silver is the money of gentlemen
  • Barter is the money of peasants
  • Dept is the money of slaves
  • Bitcoin is the money of sovereign people

My wive has a car now

We are going to move soon. Since our new home is not as close to the supermarket, train station and school, my wive also needs a car. She wanted a very small and cheap one, but with at least four seats. For the whole family it was quite clear that it can’t be one that emits toxic gasses. As chance would have it, my brother knew that a ten year old iMiEV which he usually performed service and repairs, was for sale. The charging connections are quite different from the ones on the Tesla.

The Mitsubishi has a Type 1 connector for AC and Chademo for DC. In order to be able to charge it with our existing Tesla Wallcharger, I ordered an adapter cable. Unfortunately it turned out that it would work with most other charging stations, just not with the one we have. I successfuly tested the adapter cable on the public charging station of the nearby Aldi store. So for charging at home during the remaining month at our current place, we will have to improvise. At the new place I plan to install a separate plug.

For DC, the car has a Chademo connector. I still have the Chademo adapter that I used for the Tesla a couple of years ago. But since CCS was established as the standard in Europe, most new DC chargers don’t even have Chademo any more. Luckily there are still a number of triple chargers around. I wanted to test DC charging, before she is in urgent need some day. But to my knowledge for most fast chargers around here, you can only pay with one of those horribly insecure RFID cards, NFC credit cards or apps that are not available for any of my phones. I really don’t mind paying for electricity, but only with a sane payment method. I am really looking forward to charging stations where you can pay with Bitcoin (Lightning), regular debit cards or good old cash, like you can at every gas station. So we had to find a station where you can charge for free. After some reflection, we drove to the Lidl store in Flüelen. The CSS plug was occupied, and so it didn’t have enough power to also service the Chademo plug. We still plugged in, and the station would usually switch automatically, when the other plug was disconnected. But when we came back from shopping, it didn’t charge. I think this was due to some wrong manipulation either by the driver leaving, or by the new one charging his hybrid with AC. So I manually started the session, and we waited a bit longer. Anyway, DC fast charging worked, which was the important successful outcome. Fun-fact: Since the battery of this car is so small, it fast charges slower than the Tesla does on AC.

So now I hope my wive will have many pleasant trips with her first car.

My most special RunAndFly

After I wrote the article for the SwissGlider magazine about my RunAndFly adventures, I thought that I should have written also about the most special of them. It happened last autumn, but I will write about it now anyway half a year later.
It was a Saturday in September. The alarm clock rang as usual at 6AM. I got up, drank a bit and got dressed. Soon after, I started to run. Since I didn’t have to go to work, I decided to go to the Euw which is higher and farther than the takeoff I usually run to, halfway up the Urmiberg. To get to the Euw, I usually run through the forest up to the the cablecar that goes from Morschach to Stoos. While running up in the Ingenbohl forest, it was still dark but the air looked clean and calm. After the cablecar, the track becomes steeper, and running half an hour uphill also left its toll. That’s why I usually hike this part. While hiking up to the Euw, I observed that a layer of fog was starting to build up. By the time I reached the intended takeoff, the fog layer was quite compact and covered all of Brunnen and Schwyz. Only above Ibach there was a hole big enough to fly through. When I was done with preparing the glider, also this hole was closed. I waited a couple of minutes hoping the fog would lift again.
After a while I figured instead of waiting, I could climb through the rocks all the way to the Fronalpstock. But there was one limitation. Because it was my birthday, my wive prepared my favorite meal: filet in a dough. Hence I wanted to be absolutely certain to be home for lunch. I wanted to climb this route for a long time, and so did my 12 year old son. It was actually good that I did it the first time without him. Now that I know it, I wouldn’t go with him yet. By the time I reached the summit, the sun had risen, but the fog still covered everything from Rickenbach to Brunnen.
Only the Moutathal valley was fog free. So I could fly down to the Euw, as Morschach was also in the fog, and run down the hill back home from there. Or I could fly to Muotathal, and run home from there. This might be farther, but more or less flat. I opted for the latter, as I thought I would be home sooner with running on the flat. The flight was quite nice, actually my longest to date with the single skin glider.
After I packed the glider, I started running. But after only two km, still far from home, I was exhausted. My body didn’t recover during the flight from climbing 1’500 meters with little to drink and nothing to eat. I only carry essential stuff for the RunAndFly in my backpack. That doesn’t include money nor a face mask. Thus I could not take the bus. So I tried to hitch hike. But who would give a ride to a guy in clothes that were soaked with sweat a short while ago during a pandemic? A couple of cars left me standing. But after a while on older guy picked me up. He told me he would never in his live fly with a paraglider. And it turned out, he went to school together with my father. Those coincidences are sometimes funny. He drove me to Ibach. And from there I went back home on my own, half running half walking.
When I analyzed the GPS track afterwards I saw that I only needed little more than two hours from Brunnen to the Fronalpstock, not counting the stationary time for preparing, waiting and packing on the Euw.