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Traditional way to go downhill and even jump down rocks!

 
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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!
Let's see...

Isla de la Palma en 1944
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That was awesome.  Sadly, I'm not finding anything online about this.  I want to try it, but would like to do so without breaking my neck.  Anyone know what this is called?
 
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Looks like it is called Salto del Pastor. Here is an article about it.  canary island sports

And a short WIKI article

And more HERE
 
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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.

Who comes, learn and spread it!
 
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I've seen the technique used by the basque, it is awesome and very practical.

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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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