Sano BABU sunuwar is about to take part in the Red Bull X-Alps race in 2013

Sano BABU sunuwar is about to take part in the Red Bull X-Alps race in 2013

When and why did you begin paragliding?
In 2004 when I met David Arrufat, owner of Blue Sky Paragliding

Do you paraglide competitively? List rankings and events.
No

What is your mountaineering experience?
I am one of only a few people to have climbed Mt Everest and flown from the summit in a tandem paraglider. Launching a ´Seven Summits by Paraglider´ attempt starting with Mt Kilimanjaro in February 2013.

What is your paragliding experience?
Flying for over 8 years and working as a tandem pilot for the last 4 years. The only person to have crossed Nepal by Tandem Paraglider.

What is your adventure racing / endurance sport experience?
After climbing and flying from Mt Everest I kayaked for a month from the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal. I also spent a month walking and flying across Nepal. For this, with my friend Lakpa Sherpa, we were named National Geographic Adventurers of the year 2012.

What does your typical training week consist of?
I am currently in the Alps preparing for next year´s Red Bull X-Alps. I´m flying cross-country every day and have met with the likes of Chrigel Maurer and other accomplished pilots who are advising him on how best to fly in the Alps. When not flying he is walking with his equipment and running regularly.

What are your best and worst adventure/flying moments?
Best is flying from the summit of the highest mountain in the world! There has not been a ´worst´ moment yet.

What are the sporting moments you are most proud of?
Climbing and flying from Mt Everest and crossing Nepal.

When and how did you first hear about the Red Bull X-Alps?
Through friends in Nepal 4/5 years ago who had competed in the event

Have you competed in the Red Bull X-Alps before and if so, when?
No

What appeals to you about the Red Bull X-Alps?
The challenge

What will be your strategy during the race?
It´s early days and this is yet to be confirmed

On average, over a third of the Red Bull X-Alps participants fail to finish the event. Why do you think you will make it?
Because I have a good team behind me and a desire to succeed.

What scares you the most about the event?
Not reaching my potential

Have you ever done anything of this magnitude before?
Yes

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