Flying down the side of a sulphur-breathing volcano, reaching speeds of more than 100kph and melting a parachute in the process — this is the sport of speed flying. Inspired partly by paragliding and skydiving, speed flying — which has been gaining popularity since the mid-2000s — is all about getting to the bottom of the mountain as quickly as possible. For Sunshine Coast-based speed flying pilot, skydiving instructor and outdoor guide, Kristan Fischer, it is another exciting way to explore remote places. “It’s an exhilarating feeling, and it’s an interesting way to be able to go see the world,” Mr Fischer said. “Just being able to make your own tracks, running lines and in the back of your head thinking that maybe no one’s ever been here before — that’s definitely a massive driving factor.” Mr Fischer and friend Lawrence Alexander travelled to the untouched wilderness of remote far-east Russia in August 2018, in search of adventure and speed flying opportunities. “It’s essentially Russia’s version of Alaska — it’s full of active volcanoes, the largest grizzly bears in the world,” Mr Fischer said. &#...