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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)

Jeff Clow, jimheid, Michelle Kerr, and 2046 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. NaPix -- (Time out) 46 months ago | reply

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

  2. * * Amanda * * 45 months ago | reply

    I saw these shots in the newspaper, madness!!!

  3. iamdougsflickr 44 months ago | reply

    Thats why there are so many deaths in the Canyon... Truely stupid.

  4. pDOTeter 43 months ago | reply

    Love this wonderful image and story, Seen at:

    Tell me a Story...
    What somebody does for that one shot, I hope he made it

  5. uteart 43 months ago | reply

    unbelievable, what a sensationnal shot!

    Love this wonderful image and story, Seen at:

    Tell me a Story...

  6. I Alejandro I 39 months ago | reply

    Pero esta demente !

  7. vijayalphonse 35 months ago | reply

    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.

  8. zPRIME 34 months ago | reply

    Simply wow ... absolutely stunning. I can't stop saying it!

  9. Charles Augustus 31 months ago | reply

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

  10. mlhradio 28 months ago | reply

    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.)

  11. Chris28mm 23 months ago | reply


  12. We Bury Children 16 months ago | reply

    This is a historical photograph now

  13. brewbooks 7 months ago | reply

    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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