Southern Idaho Guys are Flying with Homemade Motors on their Backs
It's hard to keep us southern Idaho guys on the ground, especially if you allow us to have access to motors. That is exactly what is happening with the relatively new sport of paramotoring.
I came across this video of a guy flying around near the old truck stop near McCammon, Idaho, south of Pocatello. As you can see, there is very little between you and the scenery when it comes to this type of flying.
If you're still wondering what the heck "paramotoring" is, it's basically powered paragliding. The Wikipedia definition tells it all.
Powered paragliding, also known as paramotoring or PPG, is a form of ultralight aviation where the pilot wears a motor on their back (a paramotor) which provides enough thrust to take off using a paraglider. It can be launched in still air, and on level ground, by the pilot alone — no assistance is required.
This is now a somewhat frequent activity you'll see in our part of the Snake River Canyon now.
The bad news is when you strap a motor to your back and take to the skies with a parachute, you also are putting your life on the line. The list of paramotoring fatalities is growing as the sport gains popularity.
When you live in an area like ours where jumping off of a perfectly good bridge is normal, no surprise that a sport like this is growing.