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Der APUS RS ist ein All-Mountain-Miniwing und das Universal-Tool mit Spaßgarantie in beinahe jedem Terrain.
Je nach Version (APUS RS, oder APUS RS Hike) reichen die Einsatzmöglichkeiten von Starkwindsoaring über dynamisches Fliegen am Hausberg bis hin zu Bergsteiger Hike & Fly-Touren. Zudem passt er – bedingt durch sein geringes Gewicht und Packmaß – optimal in jedes Reisegepäck.
Der APUS RS richtet sich somit an alle Gleitschirmflieger und passionierte Miniwing Piloten,bei denen die die Lust auf Abenteuer und die Leidenschaft am Fliegen im Vordergrund stehen.
Der APUS RS ist in der Standard- und in der Hike-Version erhältlich, wobei sich letztere durch eine nochmals gewichtsoptimierte Bauweise auszeichnet. So kommt beim APUS RS Hike anstelle eines Materialmix aus 41 und 34 g Gleitschirmtuchs durchgängig ein 27 g Material für das Ober- und Untersegel zum Einsatz. Außerdem sind anstelle von konventionellen Tragegurten extrem leichte Dyneema-Tragegurte mit Softlinks verarbeitet. Aufgrund der begrenzten Verfügbarkeit des 27 g Materials ist der APUS RS Hike ausschließlich in den Farbkombinationen Rot und Blau verfügbar. Die Bestellung von Sonderfarben ist nur in der Standard-Version möglich.
Das Flugverhalten reicht – je nach Flächenbelastung – von gleitschirmtypisch, bis dynamisch direkt (siehe Versatility-Tabelle). Dabei vermitteln das ausgewogene Handling und die angenehme Rolldämpfung ein angenehmes und vertrautes Fluggefühl bei erstaunlicher Leistung.
Das innovative RAST-Konzept hat sich auch in dieser Gleitschirm-Kategorie bestens bewährt. Besonders in sehr steilem Gelände, oder bei starkem Wind sorgt das verzögerte Füllverhalten für eine leicht zu kontrollierende Aufziehphase und minimiert die Tendenz zum Aushebeln. In der Luft sorgt RAST neben einer weit überdurchschnittlichen Klappstabilität für weniger Kappenbewegungen in Turbulenzen, was sich positiv auf die Leistung auswirkt.
Reisebericht von Serge Shakuto – Kilimandscharo Projekt Bericht zuklappen!
It's forbidden to hike Kilimanjaro without guides. For every tourist there should be at least one guide and three porters. In fact there are more. Our team was 12 people including guides, porters and even a chief. At first it looked like too much, but after it helped us to concentrate on the quite tough climb and preparation for the flight.
Twice a day we had compulsory health check, cause on high altitude you can get sudden pulmonary edema or even cerebral edema. Every year around 20 tourists and guides die on the mountain.
For the flight I also needed a permit, which can be given only in return of some charity. I paid for the school of five local kids. Together with permits from local aviation and military it costed around 3000 Euro. The idea of a flight made us change the route of climbing. Initially we supposed to use very long path around the mountain, but we had to change it to the shortest and most dangerous route called Western Breach in order to have couple of days at the summit, waiting for the launch window.
The biggest challenge of the Western Breach is the constant climb from sea level to almost 6000 without acclimatization. And the hardest part there is the final steep one-kilometer-climb to the summit over rockfalls just at the time when mountain sickness starts to show up.
All of it made our expedition really unique and interesting! Kilimanjaro is a very popular tourist destination. In a year around 35 thousand people climb to the summit. At the classic camp locations there is hardly enough space for tents. And knowing all this, we only met other people at the entrance to National park and at the summit.
The day of the summit attempt was Christmas day. A kilometer climb on the steep crumbling slope. It was necessary to leave the camp not later than 5.30 am in order to make the climb before stones will thaw and start falling down. In several years there were few mountain climbers who were killed by the stones. Here at a height slightly over 5000 meters I started feeling first sights of the mountain sickness, but quite tricky terrain helped to not think about headache.
Most of the tourists spend no more than 30 minutes at the summit and then, frozen, hurry to get down and drink hot chocolate. But we had to wait for a good weather for a flight. First two days strong wind was blowing from the wrong direction. We decided to go around the crater to find another launch area somewhere with the side wind.
But wind happened to be too strong even for my mini wing and all the attempts to launch had no success. As a result I spend so much energy that I fall down in a tent and couldn’t leave it till the next morning.
It is a strange feeling when you are in such an interesting place, with desert, volcanic crater, huge glazers, that stay like blue buildings on a sand and in your head there is not even a thought to move. You just lay in your sleeping bag wearing all your clothes, try to get warm and think only about how to get out of there as soon as possible. The sleep is out of the question. Last three nights I was just lying in the tent, listening to an audio book and staring at the ceiling. I was ready to go down, my self-esteem would not be harmed too much as I knew that from many attempts to fly down Kilimanjaro only few lucky ones made it. But sudden phone signal brought good news of the weather forecast for the next morning and it helped me to put all the energy left and try again. Third morning on the summit was really cold, but almost windless. The sun rose from the horizon and started to warm the slopes. I got up, had a cup of hot tea and went to the takeoff zone, where there were some blasts of a side wind. I got ready and finally launched with a happy cheers of our team and some jealous looks from those who just reached the summit and had to climb down. If I would have a tandem at that moment I could easily make a lot of money.
The flight was going smooth, according to the plan. I had to fly away from the slope, turn at 180 degrees and fly with the wind to the south in the direction of Moshi town, enjoying the beauty of the glacier and clouds under my feet. The distance was about 30 kilometers and I made it within half an hour, which usually takes two days of hiking.
It was my first flight on the new Swing Apus RS. Before expedition I didn’t have time to test it. But it turned to be very easy in use, even at the altitude of 6000 meters. Easy start, good speed and great glide ratio.
Another successful project is finished! I got amazing experience of high mountain climbing and also realized that willpower is like a toothpaste. It seems like there is nothing left, but you can always squeeze a little bit more to reach your goal.
RAST Vortrag von Michael Nessler
Schirmgewicht (kg)APUS RS / Hike
|3,14 / 2,60||3,50 / 2,85||3,74 / 2,99|
|Startgewicht (kg) Min/Max inkl. Ausrüstung||55-90||55-100||55-70 (EN B)
70-110 (EN C)
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