Imagine you jump down from 3 meters high, that must be 10 feet... and arrive on both feet as if you had jumped from a chair!
This is done thanks to a long pole.
When it hits the ground, then you let yourself glide along the pole, which is very smooth of course!
Thanks Miles, you spared me the time to add some links and find them in English!
Yes, salto del pastor, and in English I saw they say Shepherd’s pole vaulting or shepherd’s leap. It was common in all the mountainous islands of the Canary, so at least the 5 occidental ones.
It is possible to attend workshops... and I do not know if this has gone past the island borders! I think it is a very useful survival skills for persons living in any mountainous area. I can still see a neighbour with his goats and his pole, but never saw him use it, maybe because he has gotten older, he watches from above.
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I have used a stick about 7 ft long, on bumpy terrain, simply as a means of not going down into the little valleys. I've never jumped, in the hope of spotting a landing with such a device. Mine was a very controlled, pole vaulting sort of movement. It can be handy if you're trying to traverse logging slash. Also handy when crossing small bodies of water that contain widely spaced stepping stones.
I've used galvanized pipes, on demolition projects, if I need to move from a high pile of crap, to a lower surface. Again, no jumping. I'd say it was more of a stunt than something practical.
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