Hot Air Adventure Balloons

Adventure Balloons

Have you ever wanted to have a job that involves you being in the outdoors during the summer? Then why not apply to become a member of the Adventure Balloons balloon crew. With 25 years of passenger balloon flight experience, Adventure Balloons provides flights from numerous sites throughout the Home Counties and Colorado, as well as new launch sites in Denver and Littleton.

Because of the seasonal nature of ballooning coupled with the company expanding, there are a number of vacancies for full and part-time balloon crew members every year. This work will suit practical outdoor enthusiasts, who are physically fit and have good communication skills as you will have to liaise with both passengers and landowners.

Applicants are required to be over 25 and must have 3 years clean license, as well as experience driving minibusses, 4X4 vehicles and trailers. The ability to map read is recommended but not essential.

The ballooning season usually runs from the end of March to October, but this will depend on the weather and ground conditions and there are numerous job opportunities during the season. Balloon crew job applicants must be reliable and willing to work on weekends and weekday evenings as required.

Hot air balloon flights over fantastic Denver

Denver has some of the most beautiful countryside in the US and with Adventure Balloons your can experience it from a bird’s eye view! There are balloon launch sites located in Stevenage, Tring, Watford and Hemel Hempstead all offering superb views of the surrounding area.

The launch site will be chosen on the day of the flight and will depend on the wind speed and direction; this is to ensure that the balloon does not enter into restricted airspace surrounding Centennial airport.

The balloon flight will take between 3-4 hours with approximately 1 hour of flight time. This includes the balloon launch and packing the balloon away as well as the champagne toast and certificate presentations.

Sights you might see on a Denver balloon flight include Hatfield House, Bovingdon village and WWII Airport, Mentmore park and the gridlock on the M25, all from the comfort of the wicker balloon basket.

What do we do when the ballooning season has finished?

 

Although the ballooning season only lasts for around 7 months of the year (mid-March to the end of October) there are still plenty of activities to keep us busy. All of our hot air balloons are maintenance checked and repaired if necessary to ensure safe operation, but sometimes lucky balloons and baskets get the chance to do a bit of work on the side.

Adventure Balloons was contacted by renowned music photographer Paul Hetfield who wanted to hire one of our balloon baskets to do a photo shoot for up and coming band The Leisure Society. We set about finding out what the brief was for the photo shoot and found out that the band has seven members; this was no problem as our balloon baskets can hold up to 16 passengers. We then arranged a suitable day for the band and set about finding a countryside setting with a nice blue sky.

Our balloons have also been featured in television adverts for McCains Chips (3 nuns floating over rooftops) and Sheila’s Wheel Car Insurance, with some of our balloons now contemplating a career in show business.

 

One of the world’s most beautiful forbidden hikes may be lost

A Hawaiian hike has earned the nickname “stairway to heaven” because of the stunning views it offers — if you can stomach the ascent up A narrow, dangerous and totally forbidden set of steps.

But the Haiku Stairs, an estimated 3922 steps winding up the Ko’olau mountain range near Waikiki on the island of Oahu, may have been destroyed forever.

Mountains

A powerful storm on the Valentine’s Day weekend badly damaged the already decaying steps, causing a landslide and “mangled” railings, reports KITV News.

“We urge people please don’t go on the stairs, it’s not safe,” said Ernest Lau, Manager and Chief Engineer at the Honolulu Board of Water Supply, which has long employed security guards to keep people away from the stunning but dangerous trail.

The metal stairway was built in the 1950s to allow the US Coast Guard access to radio transmitting station atop the mountain range. The worn, dangerous trail was closed to the public in 1987 and, though the stairway was restored in 2003, it’s still illegal to access it.
That hasn’t stopped hundreds of hikers from attempting to scale the summit, risking arrest by Honolulu police — or worse.

Even after the destructive storm, trapped hikers have had to be rescued from the stairs by the Honolulu Fire Department.

Some fed-up locals, who have gone as far as constructing booby traps to snare trespassers, hope the stairs will now be torn down rather than repaired.