It's so dark, you can barely see the cattle. Nevertheless, we know that the whole herd is in motion. Our way. Five hours ago, I was still sitting in my bus on the way from Munich to the mountains. Now I hurry over a barbed wire fence in the darkness, slide through a few cow patties and stand disoriented in a birch forest shortly afterwards. That's the disadvantage, if you have seen your way back only from above. So it's just the kind of adventure I was looking for.
It was clear that my first Hike & Fly weekend would be a challenge, at last at the meeting point in Lenggries. The first words of Felix Wölk, experienced pilot, flight instructor, photographer and my mentor for the next days: "We have a strong wind." The second weather check takes place at the flight school. Over there, somebody asked me, how saddle-fast I flew. Because the warm wind can suddenly break through - and then the paraglider only functions as its toy. But Felix is not a man of dithering. And even if you are a paraglider pilot and don't want to walk down a mountain, a lightweight hiking glider still leaves you with exactly this possibility. So we walk towards the Benediktenwand.