Salto del Pastor – The Shepherd’s Leap!

This looks like a ton of fun!  Salto del Pastor is a traditional shepherd travel practice in the Canary Islands.  Basically a mashup of hiking and pole vaulting!

The shepherds would carry a long pole – they look to be 10-14 feet long – to help them traverse rocky ground.  It is cool to watch these guys (and gals) not only easing themselves gently down from a precipice, but also ascending rocks and walls to higher ground!

I bet it would make a beginner’s arms and shoulders and lats awfully sore, but I bet it’d be worth it!

Categories: Adventure, Hiking