Cliff jumper Robert Wall gives us an inside look into the sport of cliff jumping, the biggest spots jumped, and why he pursues this passion-turned-obsession to risk serious injury
Cliff jumping, or cliff diving, is sketchy. It’s not for everyone, and everyone shouldn’t do it. Leave it to guys like Robert Wall and his crew who have been hitting huge cliff jumping spots around California, Washington, and even abroad in Greece and Costa Rica, among other places. The best cliff jumping spots are subjective depending on your desires, but for these guys, the bigger the better. Whether it’s cliff jumping a 100-foot waterfall or flipping into a narrow 30-foot watering hole, these guys aren’t scared (or at least they don’t show it). Adrenaline junkies? You bet. But, they do it for more than just the excitement. It’s a passion. A calling. For guys like Robert, cliff diving is a hobby that turned into a passion, which now consumes his life. An avocation that enables an active, healthy lifestyle, surrounded by friends and nature, pushing each other to go further. Seeking for the next biggest cliff to throw oneself off of. And although it may look reckless, it’s carefully articulated and strategically planned. Each step of the way, each breath, each foot dropped.
How to cliff jump? On paper it sounds simple, right? But, with any extreme sports there are a handful of variables that could go wrong at any moment. Jumping off a cliff into the naked air, unrestrained and free for those few brief moments, is popular among many athletes who choose to go skydiving, base jumping, bungee jumping, and cliff diving. We wanted to find out for ourselves why and how this is done, so we caught up with Robert Wall after he and his friends recently were cliff jumping Lake Tahoe, CA, to get the cliff jumping how-to guide, where the most sought-after spots are, what gear to pack, the different tricks they throw down, and how to do it properly and safely.
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