34 year old dude from Norway, loves hanggliding and all that is fun :-) Can be reached on phone +47 928 62 877, but I prefere writen messages, so please write email (estrandl@online.no).

Friday, November 18, 2005

Antarctica - here I come!

A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policies and coercion are fruitless. We find after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.
- John Steinbeck.

Well, in some days from now I am going to be on my first expedition to Antarctica, where I am paddling sea kayak among others tings, first Hanggliderpilot to the Antarctica? :-)

Chile - Patagonia: Torres del Paine and Isla Magdalena

If you like to do hiking, this is one of the great places! And here you also find the biggest Condors, which i saw several of (Got some nice pictures, I will upload them later). Its should be possible to fly here, at least outside the National park. The condors was thermaling big time! but then again, its extremly changing weather here so you have to be carefull!

In the picture you see the upper part of the french vally, close to the british campsite.

I spendt 4 days of hiking here in some of the nicest areas i ever been to, and ended up walking/climbing 70 Km.

Later on I got the great pleasure of visiting, Isla Magdalena outside Punta Arenas. The penguine you see on the picture is a Magallanes penguine. As you can see he was a little sceptical to my camerea :-)

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Chile - Easter Island

I love big birds and of course when I went to the Easter Island I found this beaty, a hawk from Easter Island. They were all over the place and it was stunning to se how good they where to chase the small birds, fly thermals and the strong wind. The picture is taken in the volcano crater where the famous Maui statues of Easter Island is made. Easter Island was really famous for its cultur after Thor Heyerdal was there with his expedition in 1955-1956 and later with his book "Aku Aku, the secrets of easter Island" This week its 50 years since Heyerdal arrived to the Easter Island. If you are thinking about flying here, you probably be the first one (I spoke to some of the locals and they havent heard about anyone). But for paragliders its no good place, its blows a lot. but for hanggliding it should be good, there are some places there wich is just perfect! If you are allowed to fly there is another question since most of the island is a national park.

Video from Vertigo 2005

Miran Kreuzer from http://www.needacloud.com/ have made a video from the Redbull Vertigo 2005, and its really good. You can find it on his webpage or download it directly on this link (size 25 Mb) : http://www.needacloud.com/needacloud/videos/2005_vertigo/vertigo2005.wmv

enjoy :-)