Zlatko Koren


"Flying gives me similar feeling of freedom as climbing"

Pilot: Zlatko Koren
Nationality: Slovenian
Birth Date: 18.01.1974
City: Plave
Country: Slovenija
Job: Self employed
Glider: BGD Cure
Harness: SKYWALK Range X-Alps
Sponsors:  BGD, Tomatosport
Assistant: Tomaž Bavdaž
Nationality: Slovenian
Birth Date: 26.07.1987
City: Deskle
Country: Slovenija


What is your greatest sporting success?
Finishing some long alpine first ascents, second place XC 2009 Slo league, some good flights and runs on Bordairline comps…

When and why did you start paragliding?
I first experienced tandem flight with a friend of mine in 1993 and I immediately knew, that I would take up paragliding in the future. However, I dedicated a lot of my time to climbing at that time. I started paragliding twelve years later, because It gives me similar feeling of freedom as climbing.

What is your mountaineering experience?
I started climbing in '90. Since then I have accomplished a lot of alpine climbs in winter and summer, including some first ascents. I have climbed ice and rocky routes all over the Alps. A few times I have been climbing in Patagonia, North America and Canada, where we climbed some big wall routes. My last climbing expedition was in 2005 Karakoram Pakistan.

What does your typical training week consist of?
Being aware that also a good physical condition is of utmost importance for alpine climbing, I have engaged in mountain running and cycling ever since I started climbing. Presently I keep fit following my regular trainings and also flying.

What are your best and worst sporting memories?
Most of them are a part of my climbing experiences. Also long ultra trail Tor des Geants being one of them, finished it with burning feet..., or at the top of El Cap after a couple of climbing days…, or towards the end of the last glide when I knew it I had my first 200km at reach. Considering bad moments, I tend to forget them really quickly or to put it differently I don’t want to remember them.

Why did you choose X-Pyr?
In last years I found that “long” hike&fly competitions combine things I like the most; mountains, moving, flying, unknown, taking decisions … and choose X-Pyr is one of them.

Have you participated on X-Pyr before?

Have you flown in the Pyrenees before?

What will your strategy be during the race?
Like the rest of the athletes I will try to fly as much as possible. I will also try to be fit on ground.

What excites you most about X-Pyr?
Minutes before the start, waiting that next big adventure will start.

What scares you the most about the event?
I don’t know yet … maybe to make a wrong decision.

Why will he make a good assistant?
He was my supporter on all previous hike&fly competitions.

Anything else you like to comment?
It was hard enough to answer upper questions no more comment!