Highline in the Sky

29 06 2010

Alex Lowe, Nilton Maia, and I trekked up to the summit of the iconic Pedra da Gavea just south of Rio de Janeiro.  We slept on top which, even in the middle of “winter” and 800 meters above the city, barely required a sleeping bag.  The next day we put up a “highline” which is a slackline spanning a gap.

Slacklining was founded by Yosemite climbers as a way to practice balance and have some fun on rest days in Camp 4.  It is similar to tight rope walking but it is used with a piece of webbing that is pulled super tight.  This gives a large amount of flexibility to the line and allows for much more creativity and flow than a static tight rope would.

Alex Lowe, in deep concentration

Thanks to Alex’s prior reconnaissance, we put up a highline on the summit spanning a 100 foot gap with about 800 meters of air down to the sea and city of Barra da Tijuca.  The setup was a bit tricky but we got it to work out.

Neither Alex nor I have ever tried to walk such a long and high line before.  Practicing between palm trees on the beach, a line of this length would be difficult but not a problem for either of us to walk.  It is amazing what your mind has to overcome to walk a line with as much exposure as this.

We both did our best to walk the line, taking a few falls in the process, but no one was able to make it all the way across.  We may come back this weekend after some further practicing above the soft sand of Ipanema Beach and see if we can adjust the setup and get the line tighter to increase our chances of walking it.

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1 07 2010
Nilton Maia

Nilton Maia!
Seu Asa Burgui!

hehehehe

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