Australians charged with paragliding off Mount Thor

Two Australians have been charged with violating park regulations after paragliding off Mount Thor in Auyuittuq National Park on Baffin Island.

Extreme sport is banned under national park regulations

Two Australians have been charged after paragliding in Auyuittuq National Park on Baffin Island.

Christopher Warner, 33, and Chris Fitzgerald, 27, have been charged under the Canada National Parks Act. Paragliding is prohibited by park regulations.

The men are accused of jumping off Mount Thor, a landmark in Auyuittuq National Park towering more than 1,600 metres above sea level, sometime in June or July.

Both paid $500 bail and are scheduled to appear in court this November in Pangnirtung.

An internet forum for Australian climbers says the men were the first Australians to climb Mount Thor and that a third man was involved with the stunt.

Under the National Parks Act, the men could face a hefty fine if they're found guilty.

These latest charges for extreme sporting in Auyuittuq come after three men were charged last year for BASE jumping from Mount Asgard. Mount Asgard appeared in the opening sequence of the 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me where a stunt man skied off a cliff then opened a Union Jack parachute.