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THE FIRST STEP IS THE HARDEST

Aug. 20, 1979
Aug. 20, 1979

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Aug. 20, 1979

Kingman
Umpires
TV/Radio
Baseball
Motor Sports
DeMont
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over

THE FIRST STEP IS THE HARDEST

Like huge, multicolored vultures, the hang gliders circled slowly over the desert, their delicate wings tilting to catch the tricky air currents. The event was the first Moab World Invitational tournament in Utah, and 40 top-rated pilots from five countries gathered to demonstrate their skill at slaloming around pylons, pinpoint landing and endurance flight. But the real test for some was the first step off Dead Horse Point, the 2,000-foot-high launch site. "It's very simple," said the meet director. "If you make a mistake going off this cliff, you're dead."

This is an article from the Aug. 20, 1979 issue Original Layout

With the Colorado River in the distance, an intrepid pilot, perched on the brink of Dead Horse Point, prepares to pounce on an unsuspecting thermal.

Wafted along on wings of Dacron (overleaf), a contestant admires, but avoids, the prominences and jagged rocks of Canyonlands National Park.

A hang glider floats through the clear desert air like some mythical creature, while its pilot enjoys a spectacular bird's-eye view of canyons and cactus.

THREE PHOTOSCARL IWASAKI