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Hopping with dinosaurs

March 23, 2014

Spurred on by a desire to discover when I first flew a Cloudhopper I have found a couple of my missing logbooks whilst sorting out old OS maps and, co-incidently, following a visit to the re-opening of the Oxford University Natural History Museum talk swung to a rather magical and, on the face of it,… Read More ›

Smirnoff – Well they said anything could happen!

“Chris, When was your first hopper flight?” enquired that Hopper Devotee Mr Steve Roake? No idea, but I promised I’d have a look see. Now then, first off I had to find my old logbooks, which has proved to be less than easy, on top of this I have to admit that a lot of… Read More ›

All alone and nowhere to go (Tribulations of Cloudhopper flying)

Extreme Cloudhopper flying is not that common. Getting into extreme Cloudhopper flying unintentionally is rather more common. If the conditions or wind changes you don’t have the security of a laundry basket to huddle in as you crash and bump at alarming speed across rocks and through hedges. As we always say, you are the… Read More ›

One Man and Wellie Meet – Welshpool

This years ever popular One Man Meet was held over the weekend of the 5-7 October and organiser, the ever thoughtful Mr Dunnington, once again provided weather to suit, albeit a bit wet underfoot. It had been hoped that some flying could have been done from nearby Powis Castle but the lawn had become a… Read More ›


Well this is positively weird, I’m being asked to write something about cloudhopppers by a man (Chris Dunkley) who has had more experiences than most in them and who could probably keep you entertained all night with tales from his exploits, and sending it to Barry Conway ( another hopper exponent), who could also write… Read More ›