From
Alaska, to
the tip of
Patagonia
My Story
The
Project

My journey starts in Alaska and will take me over the mountain ranges of north and south America all the way to Patagonia. Project Overland is the ultimate flying adventure – in search for mountaineering, paragliding and traveling experiences along the way.
My plane – a 1956 Piper Supercub – is built to land and take off almost anywhere I want – like mountaintops, valleys, beaches and jungles.

Start: Point Barrow, Alaska
Route: Pan American Highway, 17 countries
Distance: 18.000 km
Duration: 180 days
Finish: Ushuaia, Argentina
The
Airplane

I bought my Piper Supercub in Spring 2016, before I had ever seen it in person. But we have built a very close relationship since then. The slow-flying Piper Supercub is a STOL (short takeoff and landing) aircraft and is therefore often used as a bush plane. Spending almost 400 hours in the air together, we have already been to some incredible and remote places all over Alaska.
My airplanes special feature is called ‘Polar Bear tanks’ – located on the wings, these extra fuel tanks double my range.

Model: 1956 Piper Supercub PA-18-150
Seats: Pilot plus one
Performance: 150 hp
Weight: 420 kg
Speed: approx. 150 km/h
Range: 450km (+ extra tanks: 900km)
Stol: 61-91m
Paul
Guschlbauer

As a professional paragliding pilot and adventurer, I have participated in renowned extreme sports events including Red Bull X-Alps Adventure Race and Dolomitenmann. I am driven by my pioneering spirit and my passion for nature. Sports and continuously traveling the world encourages me to search for new adventures both in the air and on the ground. Project Overland is my dream journey, because it is the culmination of everything I love – flight, exploration, and adventure.

Age: 34 years
Hometown: Hallein, Austria
Paragliding: since 2006
Airborne: since 2014
My
Partners

I was able to convince my long time partners SALEWA and Skywalk Paragliders to join me on this unprecedented adventure.

The
Journey

PREPARATIONS
Willow, Alaska
61.76° N - 149.99° W
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FINAL PREPARATIONS AND PREJOURNEY OBSTACLES

June – Working on my Piper Super Cub making it ready for takeoff on the 21st. Really excited to share this process with you! Watch my videos of the preliminary stages of Project OVERLAND with all its ups and downs until our epic start!
    Stop 1
    Point Barrow, Alaska
    71.38° N - 156.48° W
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    Finally - The most northern point of Alaska!

    June, 21st – It is such an incredible feeling and I am so honored to finally start this epic journey. All geared up- my Piper Super Cub is finally ready to go! The 1,5 years of preparation really paid off- and I am happy to be able to share this with you!
      Stop 2
      Flat, Alaska
      62.45° N - 158.00° W
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      Flying and paragliding through Alaska

      June, 26th – Flying low and slow- this is one of the greatest things possible with this plane!You can see all the scenery changes up close when traveling south in Alaska. And I even got in a few really good paragliding sessions on our way down :).
        Stop 3
        Around Willow, Alaska
        61.76° N - 149.99° W
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        Mountainbiking meets bushplaning

        July, 11th – Meeting up with trialbiker Kenny Belaey and taking him on a tour into the middle of nowhere was an extra cool experience!! We biked and paraglided in the wilderness- trying and succeeding not to get in the way of the bears… 238
          Stop 4
          McCarthy, Mount Elias Wrangell’s National Park
          61.43° N - 142.92° W’
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          Nature at it's best

          Mid July – Big glaciers, crystal clear lakes, endless forests, all kinds of mountains, big rivers and a ton of bears – that’s McCarthy! And we love it!
            Stop 5
            Pemberton & Whistler, Canada
            50.11° N - 122.95° W
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            Travel Recap

            Aug, 3rd– After semi-professionally fixing my exhaust pipe, I really enjoyed the magnificent hike & fly sessions over Pemberton and Whistler. I know I am repeating myself, BUT the terrain so vast and magnificent! And the most exciting part: canoe paddling with my beautiful wife :)).
              Stop 6
              Garden Valley, Idaho
              44.06° N - 115.95° W
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              Back in the US!

              Aug, 8th– Back in the US! Airplane Camping in Idaho :) Camping is really a lot cooler with a plane! The temperatures are way too hot to do anything, but we still attempted to find the Hot Springs of the area (martial discussions included :) ). In Sun Valley I had THE BEST paragliding session of the year with my friend Gavin McClurg!
                Stop 7
                Telluride, Colorado
                37.94° N - 107.81° W
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                All About Height

                Aug, 15th – Two days of traveling over the canyons of Idaho and the Great Lake of Utah. Again, new terrain, but completely different to the start of the journey! The most exciting part: ...landing at 11,500ft density altitude and climbing Magdalena’s first 14,000ft peak, Wilson Peak (more about that in the next vlog).
                  Stop 8
                  Eureka, Nevada
                  39.51° N - 115.96° W
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                  The friendliest town on the loneliest street in Amerika

                  Aug, 22nd – It is usually a real challenge to reach the next town from the airfields, where we land. Unlike in Eureka, where we got picked up by the Sheriff himself and were chauffeured in a police car – what an experience!
                    Stop 9
                    Reno, Nevada
                    39.52° N - 119.81° W
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                    Meeting new Friends

                    Aug, 26th – We met up with Trent Palmer and JP “The Candourist”. Shooting YouTube Videos, paragliding, flying drones and camping together. Well, boys just wanna have fun ;))
                      Stop 10
                      Bishop, California
                      37.36° N - 118.39° W
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                      Climbing Mount Agassiz

                      Sep, 9th – Everything is so colossal in size in this area- even mere stones are basically truck sized! At the edge of Yosemite National Park, we spent a few days camping in a rented car before climbing Mount Agassiz. AAAND we shot a movie up there!
                        Stop 11
                        Santa Paula, California
                        34.35° N - 119.6° W
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                        We can smell the Ocean

                        Sep, 8th – We were surprised by a fancrowd at the airfield- amazing feeling! Moreover, we met the man with the BIGGEST car ever… no comparison to the cars in Europe…
                          Stop 12
                          Los Angeles, California
                          34.05° N - 118.24° W
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                          Hollywood Calling

                          Sep, 10th – What a contrast! Our small (but really cool) bushplane in world-famous Hollywood :) A really nice feeling to be on top of this huge city!
                            Stop 13
                            San Diego, California
                            32.71° N - 117.16° W
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                            Coming Home

                            Sep, 14th – This spring Paul spent three months in San Diego doing his Commercial Pilots License in preparation for our Project OVERLAND journey. Arriving here almost feels like coming home!
                              Stop 14
                              Cuixmala, Mexico
                              19.37° N - 105.00° W
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                              Crossing into Mexico

                              Sep, 25th – ¡ARRIBA! We made it quite far since our border crossing! In between flying the whole day, Magdalena and I do also like to enjoy some beers in the ppol and chill at the beach :)
                                Stop 15
                                Colima, Mexico
                                19.12°N – 104.00° W
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                                Luxury on project Overland

                                Sep, 28th – The national press was already waiting for us! After some interviews we got an invitation to Mexico’s best hotel, Hacienda de San Antonio. What an experience – and after all the camping a real treat!
                                  Stop 16
                                  Valle de Bravo, Mexico
                                  19.19°N – 100.13° W
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                                  Paragliding and Culture

                                  Oct, 4th – We were lucky to hit the town for its patron's day! A big party was going on and we were able to indulge in Mexican culture and see a lot of Mexican tradition.
                                    Stop 17
                                    Puerto Escondido, Mexico
                                    15.87°N – 97.07° W
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                                    Surfer's hangout

                                    Oct, 8th – A real Mexican Surfer town – barefoot all day, cocktails at night. We could not say no to that, but only for two nights :) !
                                      Stop 18
                                      Lago de Atitlan, Guatemala
                                      14.69°N – 91.20° W
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                                      Hike and Fly the Volcano 3537m

                                      Oct, 11th – At the very last moment I could find someone to show me the way to the top of Volcano de Atitlan. At 4am in the morning we started our hike and thankfully the sky was clear on top and I could launch.
                                        Stop 19
                                        Guatemala City, Guatemala
                                        14.63°N – 90.50° W
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                                        Heavy Take Off

                                        Oct, 13th – No Take Off in IFR Condition... After hours of waiting we could finally leave, but were super heavy with all the fuel for a 6 hours flight. We almost had to fly between the Highrisers until gaining some altitude with our little plane. The tower on the radio repeatedly told us „Climb now!“ but we could only reply „We are already trying!“.
                                          Stop 20
                                          Liberia/Coco Beach, Costa Rica
                                          10.55°N – 85.70° W
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                                          Rain, Rain, Rain

                                          Oct, 15th – It is rainy season in Central America and we were happy when we finally found a gap in the clouds to leave this place after too many days of sitting in the rain. Usually a travelers paradise, but with the plane it felt like a trap for us.
                                          Stop 21
                                          Punta Arenas, Costa Rica
                                          9.21°N – 83.33° W
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                                          Pilots connect all around the world

                                          Oct, 18th – We got to know the General Aviation Community in Costa Rica, many pilots came together for a Fly In Breakfast and we made new friends! Thank you Vuelos CR for having us!
                                            Stop 22
                                            Bocas del Toro, Panama
                                            9.41°N – 82.52° W
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                                            Caribbean get away

                                            Oct, 21st – We crossed Central America, and finally arrived at the Caribbean Sea. The weather was still playing tough, but our hopes for a change for the better were high… (but unfortunately not fulfilled).
                                              Stop 23
                                              Panama City, Panama
                                              8.98°N – 70.51° W
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                                              Sitting, Waiting, Wishing

                                              Oct, 24th – Flying across the Panama Canal was great but finding a good enough day to fly more than 5 hours to Cali was hard. Weather reports were showing nothing but clouds, rain and thunderstorms.
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