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I promised you some answers after yesterday's photo.


After the sun set behind the canyon's horizon he packed his things (having only one hand available) and prepared himself for the jump. This took about 2 minutes, at that point he had the full attention of the crowd.


After that, he jumped on his thong sandals...

The canyon's depth is 900 meters here.


Now you can see that the adjacent rock is higher so he tried to land lower, which is quite steep and tried to use his one hand to grab the rock.


1600 ISO/70-200mm 2.8 USM IS, the light was quite poor, sorry for that. :) Final photo tomorrow.


The Grand Canyon, Arizona. All rights reserved © Hans van de Vorst.

(Update 26/1 Straight from the cam, smart sharpening applied)


  • N A PRO 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called EXISTentialism, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • * * Amanda * * 5y

    I saw these shots in the newspaper, madness!!!
  • Doug Dougherty 5y

    Thats why there are so many deaths in the Canyon... Truely stupid.
  • Peter Luxem 5y

    Love this wonderful image and story, Seen at:

    Tell me a Story...
    What somebody does for that one shot, I hope he made it
  • Ute PRO 5y

    unbelievable, what a sensationnal shot!

    Love this wonderful image and story, Seen at:

    Tell me a Story...
  • the world seen through my eyes PRO 5y

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  • Alejandro Rodríguez Bia 4y

    Pero esta demente !
  • vijayalphonse 4y

    I do not believe this really happened. I think it's a trick shot. There's a disconnect in scale and the depth of where the "jumping guy" is and the rocks. Even if it were attributed to the motion blur, it's a little out of whack. He would not seem as big as the rock he was jumping onto unless he were somewhere mid way between this cam and the rock at the back. Those boulders are huge, so it's not like he can put his feet on bottom and grab the top.
  • PRO 4y

    Simply wow ... absolutely stunning. I can't stop saying it!
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  • Charles Augustus PRO 4y

    Looks like a prime contender for a Darwin Award, unless perhaps his day-job is as a trapeze artist?
  • Monkey_Harris 4y

    Great shot.
  • mlhradio PRO 4y

    Congratulations on receiving more than 25,000 views -- that's quite impressive! Now that you've reached this milestone, you might want to consider graduating this photograph from the 'Views: 10000' group to the 'Views: 25,000' group, which can be found here:

    Once again, congratulations and hopefully your photos will receive many more views in the future! Reminder: Photos should only be in one 'Views:xx' group at a time. (This is an automatic message posted to all items in the 'Views: 10000' group that receive more than 25,000 views. There is no need to reply to this message.)
  • Marcel van Hilten PRO 3y

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  • We Bury Children 3y

    This is a historical photograph now
  • brewbooks PRO 2y

    Interesting photo of a very unwise person. THis can be the cover shot for the next edition of Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon by Michael P. Ghiglieri and Thomas M. Myers.
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