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Gavin McClurg

Professional Paraglider

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Gavin grew up in the Sierra Nevada mountains. He began skiing at 18 months, before he could even talk. He’s done everything from big mountain skiing to kayaking first descents across Central America to sailing around the world — twice! To Gavin, adventure is the itch that can never be scratched. Gavin now finds solace in paragliding and speed flying, using thermals to cross the biggest mountain ranges in the world. He was named National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year in 2015 for a paragliding crossing of the Canadian Rockies with Will Gadd and recently became the first person to traverse the full length of the Alaska Range by foot and paraglider.

2015 National Geographic adventurer of the year

Current North American foot-launch record-holder for paragliding and the longest mountain flight in the world

First American to complete the red bull x-alps paratrekking race in 2015

Two world circumnavigations by sail

Former u.s. olympic ski team member


Iron Sack

Proudest Moment(s)

Completing the first full, unsupported traverse of the Alaska Range by paraglider.
Becoming the first American in the history of the Red Bull X-Alps to complete what is billed as the “hardest adventure race on Earth."


Finding solutions to the Earth’s environmental crisis


Too much traveling to have pets!

Favorite Dish

Raw oysters on the half shell with a perfect sauvignon blanc

Favorite Movie

“The Usual Suspects”

Favorite Book

“Desert Solitaire” by Edward Abbey

Favorite Snack

Japanese rice ball with tuna and nori

Favorite Magazine

Cross Country
National Geographic

Favorite Moment in History

President Obama’s win

Most Humbling Moment

Being the captain of our vessel when we crashed into a reef and nearly losing the boat with clients on board

Kid Goals

I wanted to be a pilot, but I had no idea that you could be a paraglider!


Radiohead, U2, Jack White, The Raveonettes, The Cure, Massive Attack, alt-J, Phantogram, Smashing Pumpkins, Jane’s Addiction and when I’m REALLY training hard — Metallica's ”Master of Puppets” and The Cult

Gavin’s Paragliding Partner

VIRB® Ultra

“I've used every POV camera ever invented, and the VIRB is the best. While I don't have it yet, I'm guessing the VIRB 360 will also be a favorite!“
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