A final check of the belts and straightening of the sunglasses, and then he’s off. A determined run towards the precipice. There’s no turning back now. Full speed. Closer and closer to the edge. Has he judged it right? The last metre approaches. And there it is! His colourful paraglider rises up behind him. It’s a perfect take-off: his feet lift from the ground right on time and he glides effortlessly over the mountains of Davos Klosters. Robert Giesch is addicted to paragliding.
Change of scene. Boom-cha-cha, boom-boomcha: Giesch opens his eyes. He is sitting at a drum kit. As a former musician in a band, he knows how a variety of instruments can come together in harmony. In the sky, those instruments are the paraglider, the wind and the thermals. A musician achieves harmony through passion, ambition and practice every single day. And it’s the same for Giesch when he approaches paragliding now. But it all started with a dare: ‘I was never one to throw myself off things. I used to be a drummer in a band, but I eventually reached the point where I knew that I had to do something different. My old roommates in Davos came up with the idea of trying paragliding. I swallowed hard at the thought,’ recalls Giesch.
In his job, he now helps people get to grips with flying through tandem flights. For many, it is their first time. What is someone thinking when they go on a tandem flight? ‘At first, my passengers are tense; they feel the adrenaline rushing through their veins – at least, until they feel confident that we’re not going to fall to the ground. Then the amazement sets in. They notice how quiet it is. You often hear nothing but the faint sound of the wind. And they enjoy the new perspective they get from the sky.’ In the summer, Giesch’s favourite jumping-off point for passengers is the Brämabüel. It’s often exactly what his passengers have been imagining. The launch site is open and provides a good view over Davos.
Unlike skydiving, the guide in a tandem paragliding flight can’t just push their guest out of a plane. The opposite is actually true. Paragliding requires teamwork and trust. In short: the passengers feel as though they are the ones flying, because they have to actively participate. Passengers can also often take control of the steering at times during the flight. Flying at sunset is a special experience for Giesch. ‘Flying towards the sun, when the last rays are bathing the landscape in warm colours: that?s a moment of pure happiness.’
7270 Davos Platz
7277 Davos Glaris
7270 Davos Platz