When parkour heads to the hills

Freerunning may have its roots in the city – but nature offers another incredible ampitheatre.
By Chris O'Dell

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.

Phil Doyle jumping of a rock during a roadtrip to the Minack theatre in Penzance.
Poppin' it over Penzance © Rutger Pauw / Red Bull Content Pool

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.

Tim Schieff performing during a roadtrip in Penzance.
Yes, that's really part of the UK © Rutger Pauw / Red Bull Content Pool

Par-u
Atop Machu Picchu, in Peru. The ancient mountain city creates the perfect playground for innovative human movement.

Ryan Doyle performing at Machu Picchu in Peru.
Upside down over South America © Sebastian Marko/Red Bull Content Pool

Petra hand-plant
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.

Ryan Doyle performing at Petra in Jordan.
Heck of a place for a handstand © Sebastian Marko/Red Bull Content Pool

Wadi Run
The future of movement goes to the ancient past in the desert Wadi Rum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Jordan.

Ryan Doyle performing at the desert Wadi Rum.
Ryan Doyle in action in Jordan © Sebastian Marko/Red Bull Content Pool

Rocking it
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.

Ryan Doyle performing at Petra in Jordan.
Pumped up in Petra © Sebastian Marko/Red Bull Content Pool

Leaping Lavertezzo
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.

Paolo Tavares performing at the Red Bull Art of Motion in Lavertezzo.
Sending it in Switzerland © Thomas Stöckli / Red Bull Content Pool

Mont Ballet
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.

Agathe Petrini dancing in front of Mont Blanc.
Agathe Petrini and a scene in front of the scenery © Alex Buisse

Blanc Balance
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.

Agathe Petrini dancing in front of Mont Blanc.
Petrini takes her moves to the mountains © Alex Buisse

Simple Santorini
Santorini, Greece, is a revered parkour playground. Ryan Doyle warms up outside the city with its world-famous white-walled buildings.

Ryan Doyle performing during a practice session in Santorini.
Ryan Doyle in Santorini © Samo Vidic/Red Bull Content Pool

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.

Ryan Doyle performing at the Great Wall of China.
It takes a lot of steps to get there © Sebastian Marko/Red Bull Content Pool

Want to see more? Check out Ryan Doyle in Baku, Azerbaijan.

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