Parkour: Cool, Or Completely Insane?

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Those who don’t like heights should look away now!!

Because, if the idea of standing near the edge of a piece of rock jutting out over a 700 meter drop is enough to give you sweaty palms, these pictures of a daredevil doing a backflip are likely to send you into a full blown panic attack.


Luckily, Toby Segar had no such fears when he decided to perform the stunt on the edge of Trolltunga – or ‘Troll’s Tongue’ – in Norway.

‘It might sound crazy, but nothing can go wrong after take-off,’ the 21-year-old, from Godalming, Surrey said, having successfully completed the acrobatic display.

The backflip was caught in these stunning photos, which capture the rock, which protrudes out of a mountain on the north side of lake Ringedalsvatnet.

2BAB8A1B00000578-0-image-a-34_14405817074612BAB8A2500000578-0-image-a-33_1440581707459It clearly shows Segar – who has been training as a parkour
artist for the last decade – standing right on the edge of the  flat piece of rock, before jumping up into the air to begin the feat.

But it seems even daredevils do get a little nervous.

Segar said: ‘Everyone is scared of heights, it just takes time to learn how to deal with that fear rationally.

Don’t Look!


Down! …I don’t know about you, but no matter HOW much time you gave me, I could NOT learn to “deal with that fear rationally.”  Are you kidding me?!!! Could YOU parkour? Maybe, but not here!


Segar goes on to say:

‘The scary bit was standing on the very edge of the overhang in preparation for the backflip.’

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And this is unlikely to be the last time Segar is seen performing such a trick, as he enjoys being able to do stunts in the countryside with an epic backdrop.

Toby said: ‘I’ve been training Parkour for maybe 10 years now which is what really fuels all my travels and motivation to experience as much as possible while I’m still young.’

Parkour by the way, involves seeing one’s environment in a new way, and imagining the potentialities for navigating it by movement around, across, through, over and under its features.

All that I can is – WOW!  What a gorgeous view of God’s beauty in the world! These views are phenomenal! Still, you will never catch me doing parkour on this cliff!

Toby – If that’s your “thing,” I say GO for it!  You only live once! But PLEASE be careful out there! It’s a long ways down!!!…..and yes, you are STILL young and alive, and certainly seeing YOUR environment in a new way and navigating it very well! God Bless You! 


Written by Nancy Hayes

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