I never thought that I’d have the guts to actually jump off a mountain, but I’m very proud to say that it’s one of the fears that I have fiercely accomplished!
After driving 2 hours north out of Busan, we ended up at the base of a mountain, just outside of Daegu. It’s was amidst a small Korean farming community where adjumas (Korean women) were walking the streets in their mismatched flower print outfits, laying out peppers to dry in the spring heat. The sky was hazy, but the winds were just a tad less than too windy for paragliding.
getting geared up
We were driven to the top with our hearts pounding. The pilots quickly strapped us in the harness and I was told to run down the mountain (this was the scary part). Before I could even comprehend what I really had to do, I was up in the air!
Once you float above the mountains, it’s a whole other world. You feel absolutely light and surreal, with a bird’s eye view of the countryside below you. After about 20 minutes of gliding through the sky where you are progressively flying lower, it’s time to land. You hear mixed things about having to land on your feet (the other scary part you can’t stop thinking about), but because you are strapped onto a harness that is completely protecting your bum it’s much easier to just fall right on it. The location of landing was also unclear (go figure, no one speaks any English!); the pilot just chose a spot that is closest to the road that is not concrete. In my case, it was dirt field and the landing was very soft and easy. The parachute landed right above us as well so it took some time to dig through it and get out. I got up and realized where I really was – by the cows in the middle of nowhere!