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March 10, 2004

Le Parkour

Flea-readers are advised not to try parkour at home. Is street climbing crazy? Yes. Is it setting a bad example for impressionable youth? Yes. Is Spiderman an "adventurer of a new type"? Yes. Could the Flea be a success as a "traceur"? Probably not. That said, the Dame du lac is a compelling structure to fling oneself from.

As I stood at the base of the Dame, I said to Sebastien - "You have got to be f***ing kidding me!!" He just laughed and began to climb up it while I looked on in awe. The structure is HUGE!!!!!!!! That aside, when you take a look at the very same side that David Belle ran up effortlessly, the gradient is almost impossible!

The moment in time reference is really aimed at the sheer scale of this work of art. If any of you are serious about your Parkour and get a chance to travel to where it all started, the Dame is a must see thing. A word of warning though.....The structure is closed to the public due to two people falling to their deaths. Surrounding the structure is a measly 6ft fence which is easily vaulted but if you do so, you do it at your own risk.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 10, 2004 08:27 AM