Leavenworth Paragliding specializes in tandem paragliding from Tumwater Mountain. Tumwater Mountain is one of the most beautiful flying sites in the country. It is located between the picturesque town of Leavenworth and the Alpine Lakes wilderness area of the Cascade Range. Flights from Tumwater Mountain provide spectacular views of Tumwater Canyon and Drury falls as well as views into the enchanted Stewart range. Our launch is located 2,800 vertical feet above town and easily provides a flight of over 15 minutes. A few running steps is all it takes to fly away from the hill and experience soaring flight. Once in the air, our certified pilots will give you a wonderful tour of the surrounding area and land you back in town with memories of a lifetime.
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Armond DuBuque grew up in Washington State exploring the mountains around Leavenworth as a backcountry skier and climber. His passion for the outdoors and skill as a skier, climber, and mountaineer have given him the opportunity to pioneer ski descents of Mt Cashmere, Mt Rainer, and Mt Hunter in Alaska.
A machinist by trade, in mid 90’s he invented and patented a Telemark ski binding that incorporated crampons into the binding. This binding was used in his record descents of Mt Rainer and Mt Hunter.
Armond has been actively flying in Leavenworth since 2005 and is considered the local expert on flying in and around Leavenworth and the Enchantments
Doug Stroop grew up in Western Colorado climbing, cycling and exploring the southwest. After college and work as a chemist in Alaska, he relocated to Cashmere Washington to operate Airplay Paragliding. In 2004 he became owner of the school (now Aerial Paragliding). Doug continues to teach all levels of paragliding from beginning to advanced, and is also a Tandem and Instructor Administrator for the U.S. Hang-gliding and Paragliding Association, for which he was previously the chairman of safety and training.
Lori Sanwald grew up in Wenatchee snowboarding and skiing in the winter and cycling in the summer. She is a lover of the outdoors and all things adventurous. Lori has worked as a bicycle tour guide operator and has guided trips in Canada, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Utah, New Mexico and Hawaii. She has Been trading the snowy Washington winters for the wonderful waves of Hawaii For the last 8 years. Lori began flying paraglides in the Leavenworth area in 2006.