When you first see where skier Aymar Navarro is trying to go, it doesn’t quite register in your brain. Like, no, it couldn’t be there. And then you look at the inevitability of his ski line at Cerro Torrecillas in the Andes and you’re like holy crap, he’s really going for it. It’s like he’s skiing into a funnel, that narrow gap in the ridge is his only way out. Which is both frightening and exhilarating to see because it happens so damn fast.
The slope is impossibly steep and the snow looks fresh and it looks like the craziest line a skier can run through but one misstep and things can go real bad, real fast. That’s what happened to skier Ian McIntosh, who fell into a trench on one of his turns and then plummeted 1,600 feet in a free fall against the snowy side of the mountain. It’s crazy. Somehow though, and thankfully, he survived.
My goal in life as a child on a swing set was to swing so high that I would rotate a full 360 degrees (or at least reach the highest height possible before chickening out). I think everyone had that same goal. Everyone except Damien Walters. His is to get on a swing and fling himself up so high and so far that he can jump over an entire house while somersaulting in the air.
This video of a crazy guy running and jumping and doing that parkour thing across a building ledge only lasts 15 seconds but I’m pretty sure I’ve threw up 15 times, cried enough tears for 15 years, broke my knees in 15 different places from trembling too hard and destroyed my ability to emotions for the rest of my life.