Isaac Fernández / DESNIVEL
– Friday, July 28, 2017 – Updated at 12:00
Carlos Torija Muñoz 33 years old, lives in Hoyo de Manzanares ,
A village in the sierra of Madrid, although it spends half a life between the Pyrenees and
Trips to jump. In winter, it is ski instructor in Baqueira Beret and
In addition he earns his living as sponsored by Dream Walker, a project of jumps
With rope born in Poland and based on controlled free fall that
I practiced Dan
Osman in Yosemite 20 years ago (died in an attempt to leap about 305 m)
" I've always been very restless and athletic this is in addition to my
Interest in experiencing new sensations has led me to practice everything
Type of sports: climbing, slackline-highline, diving, parachuting, rope jump .
The climbing, the slackline and highline with which I started, have
Been the basis of my mental training, very important in this type of
Sports ", explains Carlos Torija .
First tried the rope jump by the hand of
Dream Walker. It was an "experience that marked a
An after in my life and since then I have not stopped jumping. When
You face your fears and you win you feel unstoppable and everything
That you have seen from afar and with what you have dreamed of
Suddenly becomes tangible and within reach of your hand. "
Last July 6, all that trajectory crystallized in a
jump with record rope in Kjerag (Norway). After a month of
Expedition, that day made a jump of 571 meters of total fall and 424 meters
Of free fall . Nearly 100 meters more than total fall than the previous record
"I've been doing rope jump for over 4 years"
We talked to Carlos to tell us the details of a
Little-known and scary activity with just watching the videos.
When did you start to
To practice this modality?
I've been doing rope jump for over 4 years.
Dream Walker. I started with small jumps and little by little – training and doing
Skydiving – I increased my height, making bigger jumps. A jump
Of these characteristics requires a lot of preparation and training time.
For this, I combined jumps with ropes, with airplane and wind tunnel. Fly
With strings is not easy, and as you increase the height they become more
dangerous. After the first 4 seconds, the air attached to the speed is
Makes it a very important factor to take into account. The strength and
Resistance you need to deal with requires great control and
Concentration, since every movement of the body has an effect. This
Difficulty, you have to add the many meters of rope that fly with you.
I am currently a sponsored professional by Dream Walker and,
Thanks to that, it is possible for me to train everything I need.
"Since I was little, Dan Osman was a referent for me"
Who was for you
Ever since I was little, it was a benchmark for me. The climbing
Has always been very present in my life and later
The rope jump arrived without looking for it. I was hallucinating watching the videos of
The jumps he made in Yosemite in the 90's and his solo climbs
integral; He had a privileged mind. He was a pioneer in the rope jump, something that
Should not have been simple since, as I mentioned earlier, the assembly
That entail is complex and, above all, there are many small details
Important to keep in mind for everything to work properly.
He was the first to develop and experience this kind of
Jumps and unfortunately died in one of them.
What other jumps
I jumped in the canyon of Verdon (France), in the 2nd edition of Dream
Walker. In the paradisiacal Navagio Beach or Shipwreck Beach in Zakynthos (Greece),
During the 3rd edition of Dream Walker. On the cliff of Matera Basilicata (Italy),
In the 5th edition of Dream Walker. At the Princess Tower in Dubai, the project
The world's largest and most difficult, together with Redbull and Skydive Dubai,
Part of the 6th edition of Dream Walker; A skyscraper 414 meters high
In which we used more than 13 kilometers of rope and we mounted two zip-lines and
Two jumping systems for combined jumps, base jumps and rope jump.
Also at the Hotel Bali in Benidorm in the 7th edition of Dream Walker. In
Poland, in the Dream Tower of 222 meters, a fixed point of jumps and one of my
Training places. But undoubtedly, that of Kjerag in Norway, has been the
Jump bigger and harder than I have done being the 10th edition of Dream Walker.
"The assembly of the system to jump is a rather long process and
How do you plan a jump
Of these characteristics?
The person in charge of the planning of the jumps is Tomasz Zielinski, the
Director and founder of the Dream Walker project. He has a lot of experience and
A bright head.
First, it is necessary to visit the area, record it with
Dron and measure distances with laser to be able to analyze everything
Carefully and know exactly what you will need and if possible
the jump. Then the
Permits to carry out the project. Jump points that we usually choose
Are points famous for the BASE jump. If you can do BASE, you can skip
With ropes, as long as the zone allows the assembly of the system. Is a
Rather long and complicated process.
After the jump, depending on the chosen enclave, or you get off
With the ropes to the ground or you get up again. In the rope jump you can
Achieve more free fall seconds and adjust more the meters that separate you from the
Ground, since you do not need to open parachutes. On the other hand, it is safer
That the BASE jump and at the same time is a very good training if your goal is
Get to do BASE jump. With the rope jump, you can safely train
Exits or train acrobatic jumps and one of the most important things is that
Allows a large number of jumps in a single day, which
Intensive training, well oriented to the BASE leap or to perfect the
Rope jump technique.
What leap did I have until
Now the world record?
The previous world record had a team of Russians who made a
Jump of 392 meters of free fall and 486 meters of total fall. It was carried out
On the Siduhe Bridge, located in China, in 2015.
"The rope jump is a team sport"
What are the
Main difficulties and risks of this practice?
The rope jump is a team sport. Assembly and control
Of the complex system of ropes and platform is of vital importance.
Therefore, it is very important to have the best professionals at your side, because
It is they who make the jump possible. The jumper – I in this case –
It's just one more piece of gear.
It is a sport accessible to all types of people who
Have a previous training, and the
Exceed their capabilities. The longest jumps in free fall mean
Greater difficulty and require extensive experience and a high technical level.
Each site is different and the system must be adapted
To the characteristics of the place. It is important to have a great capacity of
Vision, planning and be prepared for the resolution of unforeseen
Constant. To the last detail it counts, and all this is acquired from
The experience, based on developing different projects in enclaves
Different. Thus each expedition brings you new knowledge.
In the case of Norway, we were not clear about the viability of
Project of the record until we were close to getting it. The conditions
Wind, water, snow and low temperatures
For days delayed the assembly and preparation of equipment and system.
We only had a month to do it and the rains did not stop; We must have
Waiting for a window of good conditions to start
We live camped at the top a few feet from the wall.
We only had 5 days of truce in the whole month. When we finished assembling all
Systems and made the first test jump, we all thought it would be almost
Impossible to beat the record given the proximity of the wall to the vertical of the
Ropes The problem was the existence of a protrusion of almost 20 meters to 300
Meters in the vertical, which was necessary to do track a position that you adopt with the body to advance towards
Necessary to get around that first obstacle. He was wearing a tracksuit, a special suit for power
Fly greater distance. Another difficulty was the pendulum
Finish the free fall and play the ropes, this would move you with
Speed towards the wall with the risk of impacting against it. The effect of
Pendulum is similar to swinging a swing, when the fall is over
Free and the ropes to which you are connected come into play. If you want
Avoid rocking instead of pushing it, drop it from the vertical
Thus minimizing anteroposterior movement. That's why we had to break
All the schemes and fly towards the vertical of the ropes very close to the
Wall helping me with a reference and when jumping I concentrated on flying towards
It was very difficult because at the same time she had to control the angle and
Speed since it was possible to pass the reference and if that happened later
He would have problems with the pendulum. And on the contrary, if it did not reach the vertical and
I was short, I would also have problems with the pendulum. This is something that does not
It had never been done for the degree of danger since you fly very close to
The strings and the wall.
"In the pre-record jump I touched the wall with my feet … I had
Thanks to the window of good weather that lasted 3 days,
We started with the tests. I did about 20 jumps in those 3 days. The last
4 jumps of the second day were decisive for the record as we started to
Add 25 meters more to each jump. Once the jump was over,
That the pendulum was minimal, that there was no risk of colliding with the wall, and
At the time, we analyzed the projections of this one to see if it was possible to insert still
More meters of rope. In the third jump we decided to add 50 meters more, this
It was the ninth jump of the day and I deviated a little from the line towards the
Left, which caused that during the pendulum it would end up touching the wall with
the feet. It was quite soft but I was lucky not to hit a ledge
Which was close to me. That was the first record jump but the GPS battery
Was exhausted with the cold, so we did not have exact reading of the jump.
The next day the plan was to make the last jump and record
Definitive adding 25 meters more. It was a difficult night and we were all
Quite nervous and tense given what had happened in the last jump. Up to date
Following at 9 in the morning I made the last jump well rested and very
Concentrated on making the perfect line to avoid the pendulum and collide again
against the wall. The jump was perfect, there was almost no pendulum and I stayed
Less than a meter from the wall. At the end of the jump, they were very
Difficult for the whole team since I lived it in first person but my
Colleagues from above did not see me and did not know what was happening until
I began to scream without stopping and I could not contain the tears. Too many
Contained emotions. Each jump, with more meters of rope, was like a jump
new. Psychologically it is quite hard and one has to keep the mind clean and
Very focused on what you have to do. In this jump I made a total of
571.7 meters, 424.8 meters of free fall and a distance traveled up to the
Vertical of the ropes of 759.4 meters, marks that I still find it hard to believe.
"We already have several projects in mind for next year"
Do you already have others
Projects in mind?
The project Dream Walker, whose objective is to go around the world in 80
Jump points, is a project open to all kinds of people who want
Experience a jump of these characteristics. It is an experience that
Norway has been very difficult. We had more than 2,000
Kilos of material and we need a helicopter to raise it to the top of the
Wall where we installed the base camp. It has been very hard to live in
Campaign during a month with difficult climatic conditions.
To this day we have made 10 expeditions with what we
There are many incredible projects, more and more ambitious. We always try
Overcome and go beyond. We have several projects in mind for the year that
Tomasz Zieliński, director and creator of the Dream project
Walker (without him he would never have tried this jump); Agata Majerczak, her co-founder;
Łukasz Miłuch, who is part of the technical team and also beat in 2013
The first rope jump record of the project, also in Norway; Krzysztof
Sawicki, Łukasz Maziarz and Andrzej Wałasiewicz, all three of the technical team. Without
They would not have been possible. This new world record is from the entire Dream Walker team.
Finally, I want to thank Dream Walker, for having given me
The opportunity to participate in this great project and to have trusted me since
the beginning. Now it's time to train hard to be able to do bigger things.
How we can minimize human error