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    I had never heard of camel jumping. Ya gotta see it to believe it.

    Just watched a documentary of a British woman caravaning frankensense from Yemen to Gaza.
    Interesting trek but the real highlight is around 40 minutes when they had a camel jumping contest in the middle of a sandy desert.
    Six teenage boys competed. starting with two saddled camels side by side. The boys are allowed only one attempt. They run directly at the camels thru deep sand, tuck their feet under them and must clear the cames cleanly to advance. For those who clear, a camel is added.
    The woman narrator stood by the camels, said she was 5'9" and estimated the height of the camels to be at least 2 meters(6' 6.75"). I agree.

    Two boys cleared four camels. The winner, 16 year old Mohammed, who appeared to be about 5'6", cleared five camels cleanly, landing on his feet. On his three camel jump, his feet appeared to be 6 to 8 inches above the saddle.

    Kinda long but worth a watch.

    http:www.youtube.com/watch?vKHc9bKzaw-s

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    nonfunctioning link (and I don't believe a word of it)

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    • #3
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      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWq-W2pD0a8

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      • #4
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        This link works for me.
        As I said, ya gotta see it to believe... and I believe the video is real and undoctored..

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHc9bKzaw-s

        The link batonlessrelay found is not the cited link.

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          I see the problem. I omitted an = in the original link. ops:
          Try the second link..

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          • #6
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            not sure if you noticed but they're jumping off of a ramp or platform...

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            • #7
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              so they're not running through deep sand, and they're also jumping off a ramp, which not only reduces the actual height, but also adds leverage to the whole thing. In other words, this is nothing to write home about (other than it's, well, different).

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              • #8
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                Originally posted by gh
                so they're not running through deep sand, and they're also jumping off a ramp, which not only reduces the actual height, but also adds leverage to the whole thing. In other words, this is nothing to write home about (other than it's, well, different).
                Indeed. We routinely high jump off the Gill rounded ramp. My boy 2 years ago (6'9 PR) made 7'5, never tried higher.

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                • #9
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                  Originally posted by gh
                  so they're not running through deep sand, and they're also jumping off a ramp, which not only reduces the actual height, but also adds leverage to the whole thing. In other words, this is nothing to write home about (other than it's, well, different).
                  Yup. It is "different" but that seems to be about it. (Let's see llama jumping!) The idea that anyone could jump any distance at all off of "deep sand" is pretty funny.

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                  • #10
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                    I went back and reviewed the jumps several times.. did not spot a ramp from any angle..

                    I will concede it is not "deep" deep sand but it ain't exactly a compacted/synthetic runway either.

                    As someone who thought it was an accomplishment as a kid to jump over the occasional unsuspecting cow, it impressed me.

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                    • #11
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                      It appears to me that there is something not right as the jumper appears to accelerate after he has already left the ground and his trajectory also appears to change upwards. Also if the woman doing the documentary is 5'9" as she claims then these guys are about 5'2". Just don't believe it.

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                      • #12
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                        The video is filmed from a vantage point where the ramp isn't visible. When you watch the jumpers gradually increase in elevation immediately prior to jumping though, it's pretty clear that they're running up a ramp just before jumping...

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                        • #13
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                          at the 39:04 mark of the link lonewolf provided, while the narrator is congratulating Mohamed for a good jump, you can see the ramp as Mohamed is walking by.

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