Liquid Mountaineering

Check out today’s insane YouTube clip, which comes with a bit of a backstory:

The genesis of the sport, which has acquired the catchy (though perhaps a tad unwieldy) name of “Liquid Mounaineering,” is described by its practitioners over at the Liquid Mountaineering blog:

There are some historical statements that suggest that this sport was created by the Greek, but now it is recreated and it’s one of the most impossible looking activities that anyone has seen.

…Science tells us that with the right angle and speed anything can bounce off the surface of water for some time before it sinks. The perfect example is of a rock that when thrown with the right amount of speed, spin and angle, it starts bouncing on water and touches the surface many times before sinking. If we could follow the same set of rules that enable the rock to bounce, we can bounce too.

A bit more from the sport’s major sponsor, Hi-Tec Sports Ltd., can be found here and here. Very clever.


Joseph Susanka has been doing development work for institutions of Catholic higher education since his graduation from Thomas Aquinas College in 1999. Currently residing in Lander, Wyoming -- "where Stetsons meet Birkenstocks" -- he is a columnist for Crisis Magazine and the Patheos Catholic portal.

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