Taking Flight in Utah
We found ourselves rolling down I-70 at eighty-five miles per hour, the dusk slowly descending on the valley like a blanket from the sky. As we pulled up to the house in Monroe, our friend Sarah greeted us warmly and showed us where we’d be spending the next week. We made this journey, a tiring 8-hour drive from Denver, for the chance to fly one of the highest paragliding sites in North America: Monroe Peak. But this high-desert mountain environment doesn’t give up its most rarefied summits so easily, at least not to paragliders. However, soaring with the hawks and eagles is worth the effort.
The sun lit up high-level clouds, like fire in the sky on our first morning in Monroe. Assembling our substantial crew in the LZ (landing zone), everyone loaded their equipment into a convoy of trucks, ready to make the 3000-foot climb to the Cove launch summit, high above the sleepy town.
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