Dirtiest Descents

Muggles take the stairs, traceurs take the dares. While descents go back to David Belle most athletes credit Dylan Baker as the godfather of true descents in the parkour game. Here are a few descents this year that make our palms sweat. Check out at the end of the article to see our offer for prepping descents and falls and everything in between. 

Most people need a rail for their descents to work, but there must be something in the water where Joe Scandrett lives cause he makes short work of this one.


Milo has been changing the way parkour people look at their endurance levels this year but this descent with his trusty Skydio had our jaws dropped.

Elijah Muller hitting the classic CU Boulder descent dirtier than we’ve ever seen it done, once Marc Busch opened Pandora’s box now we all dropping to rails.

If you look away you may actually miss Matt Jang slamming out this descent cause he just does it so damn fast, you can find him Webster’s dictionary under “rapid”.

You may know him for his flip pres but the man Nate Weston is always down for a good descent challenge as well, hitting some of the smoothest we’ve seen this year.

Hazal Nehir with her first descent, and a very creative one at that, but when you hang out with the Storrors you’re bound to engage in a bit of roof culture.

This one is gross. Bryan Riggins has been pushing descents pretty hard this year as well but this one really makes our palms sweat in a way we’re not comfortable with.

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A nice descent from today. #bigbootywomen

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Nothing like a little Owls Gang steeze to round out a descent list. It ain’t a parking lot but Oscar knocks it out way too casually to go unnoticed here.

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“That’s intense in person bro”. – @ponderingmacaque. Throughout my training one thing I’ve realized is that videos never really give movement challenges justice, they may seem a bit intense sometimes, but there’s something about really being in a location and understanding all the small details that makes the feats achieved much more impressive. I’ve had plenty of instances where I saw someone complete a challenge on video and thought to myself “it looks hard, but not too bad” then I show up in real life and the perspective totally shifts, I realize how difficult some things are and how amazing humans can be, whether it be something they did at height or at ground level, it’s a bit humbling when you think you’d be able to do the same thing relatively easily then realize you have a lot more work to do in order to achieve similar goals. Have you experienced this yourself? I also think it’s a great thing to watch athletes perform difficult movements in person, even if you aren’t ready to give it a try yourself, it allows you to see the real possibility of it and that you are capable yourself as long as you put the effort in. Anyways I went back and hit this descent that scares the crap out of me a second time as a birthday present to myself, it’s so rewarding be able to push through the fear and accomplish something I wasn’t sure was possible for me in the past. ‘Twas a productive day training with my @unknownparkour boys, they’re a bunch of beasts that you should definitely check out. One last thing, @strike_mvmnt shoes are so good and I think they’re my new favorite pair, I felt confident hitting this descent in them even though they haven’t broken in yet, plus they’re pretty steezy. • 👖- @stormfreerun • #goprolife #unitedbymotion #theprettycities #fitnessinspiration #adrenaline

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Nick Ortiz is another athlete whose name has become synonymous with descents. Here he is knocking out another Dylan Baker classic with a first person view.

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This line was super technically challenging from the offset – starting with the stride across a parallel rail to the pillars, straight down into a descent that is again highly technical and also high consequence, with a horrible drop. To do it as fast as possible is pretty damn scary. To purposefully hit the initial drop down to the rail with a trajectory that bounces you backwards just far enough to catch the rail and continue but not so far as to be shot out into the emptiness of the sickening drop to the ground behind you was one of those things that didn’t seem plausible until breaking it down and repeating the pre over and over again (which was scary in its own right). With that said, this was definitely my favourite route we’ve done so far on the Hendo Speed Challenge! Swipe up on my story to watch @tim_champion and I race down it ☝🏻 #stormgang #parkour 🚁 @kieparkour

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We’ll end the article with one of the most visually stunning and technically challenging descents on the list, from the People’s Champ Joe Hendo himself.

And that’s all we wrote! Thanks so much for checking out another list based article about some of the athletes that are most responsible for pushing movement in our sport. Who else is dominating the descent game these days? Let us know who needs a shout out.

If you’re wanting to break down the fear barriers of falling or descending or making sure your climb ups are solid in the events you gotta go back up, check out our exclusive offer with ParkourEDU  and see if their Art of Falling or Parkour 100 Series can help you out.

*Screencap taken from Elijah Muller’s Instagram 

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