Paragliding Demonstration and Agave Loop Hike

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED - Weather conditions are too dangerous to fly; we hope to reschedule soon.

When Nov 16, 2013
from 04:30 PM to 07:00 PM
Where Franklin Mountains State Park
Contact Name Adrianna Weickhardt
Contact Email
Contact Phone (915) 566-6441

Paragliding in FMSP

IMPORTANT: This event is inevitably dependent on the weather; please check the facebook page (Texas Parks and Wildlife - Franklin Mountains State Park) and/or your email if you are on the list for updates. If the event has to be cancelled/rescheduled, we will post the information on facebook. Sometimes these decisions/changes occur the day of the event!

Saturday, November 16 -  ($5.00 entrance fee)

Paragliding Demonstration – weather permitting

Meet at Tom Mays Unit at the West Cottonwood Springs Trailhead

Start: 4:30 p.m.

Length: 2 to 3 hours

•*Description: This special program is setup as a demonstration to provide visitors with an insight into the exhilarating and wonderful world of paragliding.  Many visitors to FMSP don’t know about this recreational activity available to them in our park - We will be joined by Hadley Robinson, operator of Southwest Airsports and El Paso Paragliding LLC. Hadley is USHPA & USPPA Certified Advanced and Tandem Instructor, Champion 2010 Spring Fling, La Belle, FL. USHPA Gold Safe Pilot Award.  Lance Tripoli , a meteorologist with NOAA, will also be providing a presentation on basic weather reading specific to our Southwest environment and will explain its importance to the sport of paragliding.  We’ll start with a relatively short, yet somewhat challenging hike up to Agave Hill, then settle in for the demonstration. (No seating provided/plan accordingly)

Trail Difficulty:  We’ll start with a relatively short, yet somewhat challenging hike up to Agave Hill, then settle in for the demonstration. (No seating provided/plan accordingly - this is a demonstration, visitors will not be paragliding; rather, they will watch and learn all about this exciting sport and learn ways to get started!). Hike back to trailhead has steep sections with loose gravel.

Bring:  Water, snacks, sturdy hiking shoes/boots, hiking stick, camera, binoculars, a map and dogs are welcome on leashes! Optional: crazy creek/folding chair - seat that's easy to hike with.

To the Tom Mays Unit of the park - Directions: 

From Westside on I-10, take exit 6 & travel east towards mountains for 3.8 miles, Park entrance will be on the left.  From Eastside on Hwy 54, exit Transmountain Rd, travel west 7-7.5 miles over/thru the mountains, Park entrance will be on the right.  Due to the construction along hwy 375, the park no longer has any sign for the park entrance.  A good point of reference or marker to assist you is the truck runaway ramp on the right side of the hwy as you travel West; as soon as you notice the ramp, begin looking for the slow down lane to turn right.  Please use extra caution as you will need to slow down quickly and the slowdown lane is short.

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