150 flyers from around the world took advantage of the exceptional conditions created by Europe’s heatwave to set a record for the number of paragliders to land on the summit of Mont Blanc.
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The exceptional heatwave and absence of wind allowed the paragliders to take off from near Chamonix, 6,500-feet below the peak, and rise up on the thermals to the almost 16,000-foot Haute Savoie-France summit of western Europe’s highest peak. The temperature on the peak was 50ºF.
Pilots came from all over the world, especially from the United States, France, Germany, and Switzerland.