A paraglider is a soaring aircraft, capable of flights of over 500km distance and several hours duration. They were developed from ram-air parachutes, but a modern paraglider offers a glide angle of over 10:1. They are the most portable aircraft; they can be easily carried for a considerable distance using the rucksack provided. They can be readily taken onto public transport, including aircraft.
We launch from hills and either ridge soar or find areas of warm rising air (thermals) and climb to cloudbase. While you are learning it is unusual for you to gather the skills required to start soaring in less than five days.