December 2020




Gavin McClurg is no stranger to adventure and exploration. He is a 2015 National Geographic “Adventurer of the Year” for his unpowered paragliding expedition across the Canadian Rockies (documented in the Red Bull Media House feature film “The Rockies Traverse”). He became the first person to traverse the full length of the Alaska Range by foot and paraglider (unsupported) in 2016 (documented in the Red Bull Media House feature film “North of Known”). He is the owner, founder and Captain of “Offshore Odysseys”, a global kitesurfing/surfing/sailing expedition. He has twice circumnavigated the world by sail, living at sea for 13 straight years, including short-handed roundings of both notorious capes (Horn and Good Hope). Gavin holds the former North American-record for foot launched cross-country paragliding, a flight of 240 miles deep into Montana from his home town of Sun Valley, Idaho. Gavin is the first American to complete the “toughest adventure race on Earth”, the Red Bull X-Alps a paragliding / foot race across the Alps from Salzburg to Monaco. In ten days Gavin flew 1560 kilometers, walked 498 (12+ marathons) and scaled 52,000 meters of vertical ascent on foot (Everest 5 times).

Gavin's Projects

The Rockies Traverse

Traverse all 1,200km of the Rocky Mountains by paraglider with Gavin and Will Gadd – a world record breaking flight. 


Follow Gavin and Dave Turner as they make the first-ever attempt to paraglide across all 700km of the rugged and remote Alaska Range.


Watch Gavin’s recent TedX talk, “Making the Jump.” Too many people WISH instead of DO. If the safe road leads to regret, why don’t we take the path of more risk, but more reward? Using short films and life-stories Gavin McClurg takes us sailing around the world and paragliding across the Earth’s most remote mountains…but his greatest adventure is just beginning. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

cloudbase mayhem

Gavin is the host of the Cloudbase Mayhem podcast, where you will find fascinating and educational interviews with the best free-flight pilots in the world. If you fly a hanglider, paraglider, sailplane, wingsuit, or Hot Air balloon; if you fly acro or cross country, the Cloudbase Mayhem is where we glean how the great pilots of the world get there.