Who are running the Hike & Fly shop?
Initiator of the hike & fly shop is Alexander Groen. In 2017 he founded the hike/climb/run&fly network together with Jasper Hugtenburg.
Why a network and a hike & Fly shop?
As mountain leaders for the NKBV (the Dutch Alpine Club) and as independent paragliding pilots, Jasper and Alexander have continuously been looking for the best combination of mountain and flying sports, and the associated ultralight equipment.
Like most allround outdoor athletes, it also applies to us: too many hobbies, not enough time!". That's why we were looking for a safe, reliable glider with a minimal weight and packing volume, which can easily be taken along at every mountain trip and that can take off from the smallest alpine field.
Because we are primarily mountain athletes, we also sought training that suits mountain athletes and that is not primarily aimed at flying from busy take offs and landing fields using shuttle busses or gondolas.
Of course, a lightweight glider also includes other lightweight (mountain) sports equipment which means that the total weight of your flying equipment does not exceed 5 kg and fits in a 20 litre daypack. And all that within a reasonable budget.
This three year quest of testing various materials and areas in the Alps during courses and hike & fly tours has resulted in this website.
Our goal is to provide you with the right equipment and courses, so that you can enjoy this beautiful extra dimension in climbing, trail running and hiking in the mountains with confidence!