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Jumping between the Goat's Horns


Svolværgeita, a 490-foot pinnacle of Fløyfjellet mountain in Norway, was first climbed in 1910. You might think that's pretty late, but the summit is a near vertical ascent.

Because of its shape, the top is called the Goat's Horns. Climbers who reach the top sometimes try to leap between the two horns. Would you do it?


(Photo: NFK)

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Late? Climbing wasn't recognized as a sport until the late 1880s, and 1910 was the year the carabiner and rappelling were invented, belay technique and climbing shoes were invented in the 1930s, and nylon rope wasn't invented until the 1940s - so whoever climbed it first didn't have any of those things, and did it without anything like modern protection or a good way to get down; I'd say they were crazy/ahead of there time, not late.

Also, the jump is 1.4 meters, and it looks well protected. I'd probably do it.
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