"No matter how fast you are as a climber, you can only see so much terrain in one day,” says world-class alpinist Zack Smith, who hung up his climbing gear in 2012 after getting hooked on flight. “In long-distance paragliding, you can see an entire mountain range in a few hours. I found that to be incredible.”
On any given day when conditions are right (read: not too much wind), Smith and a handful of professional climbers, including Cedar Wright and Matt Segal, can be found high in the air under the power of wind. There are no motors in this sport.