Pole Vaulting Peasants (Sep, 1934)

This looks like something out of Monty Python.

PEASANTS USE VAULTING POLES TO GET TO WORK
Vaulting with poles is a necessary part of the every-day life of Friesian peasants in northern Germany. There the low, marshy fields abound with drainage ditches. These are so numerous that the construction of foot bridges would be prohibitively expensive. Hence the peasants resort to vaulting poles, which have wooden disks attached to the bottom end, as shown in the smaller view, to keep them from sinking in the soft mud. Long practice has made the Friesians adept in leaping the ditches in this manner.

4 comments
  1. [...] more before I go – pole vaulting peasants. I could not resist that one. Must be hard to carry a lunch to work that way. I liked the “Month [...]

  2. Pluto says: October 26, 20083:33 pm

    This is the Frysian/dutch sport called “Fierljeppen”

  3. Toronto says: October 26, 20084:10 pm

    The “Amazing Race” did this last year in Holland. Several contestants fell in the ditch.

  4. ray says: January 6, 20126:41 am

    Yeah, it’s called Fierljeppen.
    After that we also go Kutsje-silen.
    Mêm boppe!

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