Some cool cliff jump images:
Are we there yet? Road Trip ’08 (buffalo-jump in Ulm, Montana at the Ulm Pishkum buffalo jump.)
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For more than 1,000 years, prehistoric men and women of the Great Plains hunted bison by driving them over cliffs. One of the most spectacular yet least commercially developed “buffalo jumps” can be seen today at Ulm Pishkun State Park, a dozen miles west of Great Falls.
“Pishkun” comes from a Blackfeet word meaning “deep blood kettle.” With good reason. Certainly dozens, probably hundreds, possibly thousands of buffalo at a time were driven over the cliff at Ulm Pishkun and slaughtered.
Recently, archaeologists from Montana State University researched and excavated the site. They found:
Ulm Pishkun is perhaps the largest buffalo jump in the world.
Human activity at the site dates back to at least A.D. 500.
Buffalo apparently were killed and processed throughout the year, not just fall or winter, as was previously believed.
To the nomadic people who inhabited the Great Plains for thousands of years, the buffalo meant survival: hides for clothing and shelter, bones for utensils, sinew for bow strings and meat to eat.
But the most efficient method for killing buffalo-the horse-didn’t appear on the plains until the early to mid-1700s. Faced with the enormous size, quickness and toughness of the buffalo, these people used a readily available means: drive them over cliffs.
Hassan Mouti in volo
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Un panorama da lasciare senza fiato anche i tuffatori…è il Red Bull Cliff Diving.
Ray Demski for Red Bull Photofiles
South Point Shore
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South Point isn’t known for it’s beaches, but rather as being the Southernmost point in the entire United States (yes, much further south than Key West, FL). While the swimming might not look too good, Travis actually followed some others in jumping off the cliffs there. He said it was definitely one of the highlights of the trip for him.