In August 2012 Jesse Falls and I attempted an unsupported second ascent of the alpine rock climb called Horn Please, located in the Indian Himalaya. This stunning climb shoots up Neverseen Tower, a granite tower found in a valley branching off the Miyar Nala (Valley) in Northern Himachel Pradesh. Horn Please was first climbed in September... Continue Reading →
Inspiring Aspiring – The luck of the Irish in New Zealand
How lucky am I? It must be due to my Irish heritage. My first flight in New Zealand just happened to be on one of the best days of the season and caught everyone by surprise. Bryan Moore (local living legend) had been trying to cross the divide north of Cascade Glacier for years but... Continue Reading →
Squad not squid
What a crazy couple of weeks. I am sitting on the plane on my way to Queenstown after having just competed in two Australian cross country paragliding competitions (Bright and Corryong). Two years ago, after my first competition, I made the lofty goal of trying to make the Australian Paragliding Cross Country squad. I didn’t... Continue Reading →
Shaggy Dog – Vol Biv Flying Site – Kullu Valley, India
Shaggy Dog (ShagaDugh Camp) may just be one of those gems for adventure paragliding in the Kullu Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India.
Paragliding Landmark Maps of Bir/Billing and the Kullu Valley area
Feel free to download these Landmark Maps. They can be stored on your phone for future use or printed for displaying on the back of your toilet door. To download a high quality version please click on an image then click the "view full size" link. Need some waypoints? Click here to download the Bir... Continue Reading →
Audio recording of safety meeting today in Bir.
Pilot safety meeting in Bir - audio file
Paragliding safety kit
This kit weighs in at just 350 grams and lives in my harness. I feel this is a necessary item and is particularly useful for overseas trips and adventure flying. Modify this and come up with your own concoction for flying cross country at home, on international trips, for competitions or soaring your local coastal site.... Continue Reading →
What is the Tanami Project?
The Tanami Project has grown out of my desire to fly and document the free flying in Central Australia. The mostly sandy Tanami Road extends for 1,000 km from Alice Springs, in the Northern Territory, into Western Australia’s Halls Creek. I believe the area has amazing potential for adventure flying. History As far as I... Continue Reading →
Tips for paragliding in Bir, India
Paragliding in Bir is a magical experience. The reliability of the weather and varied terrain make this a world class site. Pilots can bite off as much as they can chew. Low airtime pilots can cruise the front range fine tuning their thermalling while more experienced pilots can explore the back range where on a... Continue Reading →
Welcome to Richie’s Adventures
Welcome my friend. For those who don't know me my name is Richard Binstead (people call me Rich) and I enjoy the outdoor adventure life - paragliding, rock climbing, camping, mountain biking, trout fishing... anything to avoid real work really. I have been meaning to write a blog for many years but I got distracted.... Continue Reading →