Danny MacAskill, Way Back Home

Way Back Home is the incredible new riding clip from Danny MacAskill, it follows him on a journey from Edinburgh back to his hometown Dunvegan, in the Isle of Skye.

I know this made the rounds, and here it made it as far as the comments, but over Thanksgiving we watched it three times.

I feel the same way when I watch this as I felt when I watched the Andy Goldsworthy documentary.

16 thoughts on “Danny MacAskill, Way Back Home

  1. Jeremy Huggins

    This isn’t as epic, but it features one of my favorite songs, “Welcome Home, Son,” from one of my favorite bands, Radical Face, and that makes all the difference.

  2. Daryl Scroggins

    Damn. This is just amazing. It’s like he was born with wheels instead of feet. I’d like to see him making his way through a New Orleans cemetery. I don’t think the occupants would be offended at all, given the beauty of it.

  3. Sheila Ryan

    This girl is impressed.

    Reminds me of awe-inspiring dance performances I’ve witnessed — when dancers levitate.

  4. Carole Corlew

    Michael, is it because he doesn’t need to “see” maybe? He just feels? A tennis instructor showed me a test using tennis balls. He had kids to the side, one at a time, and he threw balls in front of them and said catch the ball. Only one kid was able to catch a ball while in motion and did it consistently. He said the kid was one in 100. You can’t teach it. The kid could predict while he was in motion where the ball would go, but of course the kid couldn’t explain how it was done. His body just knew and did it.

    Several years ago, I saw in Wired Magazine, I think, a story about a place in New Zealand that is studying this kind of thing and more. Trying to figure how whether these inborn talents and skills can be broken down and taught. But I haven’t been able to find the article since. I am certain I did not dream it, though.

  5. Sheila Ryan

    I know someone who has that ability you describe, Carole. It seems so uncanny to me.

    It is hard for me to imagine it can be taught — at least not at its higher levels.

  6. Carole Corlew

    Shelia, at the time I thought he meant it couldn’t be taught to little kids. Then I ran across that story several years later which seemed to say that certain almost spooky skills (like the rider displays I would think) can’t be taught. And that’s why they were being studied. I think it said they were specifically studying tennis players.

    I’ll look for that story now and then, then I’ll forget about it. It was an old copy of Wired at the gym so I don’t even know what year. At least four years ago.

  7. Sheila Ryan

    Carole, I wonder if in part the gift has to do with vision not in the sense of the optical nerve but the visual cortex and how in some people’s brains the different areas of the visual cortex operate, eh, differently.

    Oh, and I don’t know anyone who can do what MacAskill does! Just talking about that eerie ability to react almost before something has happened or to see — and react — when not looking directly at the site of action. The apparent absence of delay or need to “keep your eye on the ball” in the sense that most of us understand and operate

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