When people hear the word 'parkour', they usually think urban city landscapes. After all, the discipline is most commonly associated with athletes performing acrobatics over rooftops. But there is more to parkour than leaps and jumps – it's about moving creatively through your surroundings. But like the revolutionary sport that it is – part gymnastic, part rhythm, part artform, parkour couldn't be contained to cities. Below, creative human movement explores the mountains.
Parkour in Penzance
Phil Doyle grabs some air while cruising (leaping? hopping?) towards the Minack theatre in Penzance, UK.
Fun in the sun
Tim Schieff in action during a roadtrip with his friends Phil Doyle and Ryan Doyle to the Minack theatre in Penzance, UK, on June 7, 2011.
Atop Machu Picchu, in Peru. The ancient mountain city creates the perfect playground for innovative human movement.
Technically, this is still Parkour in a city – just an ancient city. Getting down up high at Petra, in Jordan, one of the new seven wonders of the world.
The future of movement goes to the ancient past in the desert Wadi Rum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Jordan.
Now that's a different way to get from one spot to another while exploring around Petra. Freerunners first caught the public eye for their daredevil leaps between buildings in France. Ryan Doyle takes it outside.
Paolo Tavares at the Red Bull Art of Motion Nature in Lavertezzo, Switzerland. Remember to tune into the next Red Bull Art of Motion – the premier freerunning competitive event – in early October.
Rock climbing is sometimes likened to a vertical dance. So, for photographer Alex Buisse, it made perfect sense to shoot the ballerina Agathe Petrini in front of Mont Blanc.
Good footwork, precise movement, control and elegance. There's not a climber in the world who wouldn't benefit from a few sessions at the barre. And no, that's not the place you go drinking.
Santorini, Greece, is a revered parkour playground. Ryan Doyle warms up outside the city with its world-famous white-walled buildings.
A ball on the wall
The Great Wall of China is supposedly visible from space – but you need to be a little closer to see Ryan Doyle marking his own very special spot.
Want to see more? Check out Ryan Doyle in Baku, Azerbaijan.
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