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Category: Parachute Sports


Get your outdoor club’s info into our special section

We are preparing a special section on summer outdoor recreation options in Western Washington. One element of the content will be a listing of outdoors groups in the South Sound.

So, here’s the deal. Your group can get a free mention in the section, but you have to send us the information.

Here is what we would you like to send us: club name, main activity you participate in, major event club hosts; general meeting time and location; website and/or phone number.

Here is an example: South Sound Chapter-Puget Sound Anglers: Salmon fishing; hosts the South Sound Salmon Derby in

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Want to try paragliding? Here’s where to go

Hope you had a chance to read my story on Kathy Walkley today. Walkley became a paraglider pilot when she turned 50.

She says anybody can sample the sport on tandem flight. Her instructor, Todd Henningsen, can take anybody as long as they range from 70 to 240 pounds. He even takes his son.

Here are a couple of places to give it a try.

- Todd Henningsen, 253-226-3357, Call for prices.

- Paraglide Washington, 206-328-1104, $165 for one flight, $280 for two.

- Here’s a list of 40 more instructors in

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Red Bull Blade Raid gives skiers wings at Crystal Mountain

Today 42 athletes – some of whom even know how to ski – will race down one of Crystal Mountain’s steepest runs by parachute.


Crystal Mountain, 9:30 a.m.

HOW IT WORKS: Competitors lay out a parachute behind them at the top of the double-diamond Exterminator run then ski as fast as possible down the hill. At about 40 mph their parachute will lift them off the ground. Then they must navigate the gates on the rest of the course using the chute and land in a designated area near the base lodge. Runs

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