The 16 November 2008, three climbers from Belgium, (Sean Villanueva, Florian Castagne and Benoit Poisson) decided to rig a highline in Freyr (one of the best cliff in Belgium). As usual in Belgium (in november) the weather was unsettled.
It was raining in Bruxelles (the capital) but we still decided to take the risk. Hopefully, in Freyr (100km away from Bruxelles) it wasn’t raining but the clouds were still there: we were under a constant threat.
Ben arrived during the rigging. One hour later everything was ready. We had the chance of the experience of Sean who actually knows very well this line and all the anchors. Because we can’t bolt anchors spacially for the line, we have to use the anchors of belays of climbing routes near the line. Sean is a very good climber and slacker; he has done some climbing expeditions in Patagonia, Pakistan, USA and Canada.
The line is about 12 meters long (~40’) and probably 30 meters high (~100’).
Before starting Sean gave us some pieces of advices for the leash, how to fall,… even if we had done some tree highlining but it was only 20-25’ high…
Ben started first. He tried a sit start but didn’t succeed even if he’s really used to sit starts… but not that high.
Florian started from the other side, he has to rappel a bit. Sean helped him for the firsts steps with his hand. After some steps alone, Florian fell. After two others failed tries, Florian takes a break.
Sean’s turn : show time! He’s really used to this line. He sent it both ways and then tried some tricks : surfing, drop knee,…
After this, Ben tried it again, also helped by Sean’s hand. Few step : fall. Next try. This time, it was the good one even if at some meters of the end, he had big balance problems but he successfully kept his balance. Yes! He sent it !
Florian is now very motivated for a send! Steps by steps he walks the line. When he reaches the linelock he has to make a very big step. He lost his concentration and fell. Damn!
He went in the middle of the line and at the second try he stood on the line. He walked to the end avoiding the linelock: he reached the other side! Yeah!
One more time, Sean showed us some of his tricks. The day was constantly darker and a bit of rain made the line slippery so Florian and Ben wasn’t able to walk it anymore. The cold weather wasn’t helping.
We started taking out the line. It was totally dark when we had finished. Good timing!
We hope to do it again as fast as possible!
(Originally written by Florian, and translated by Benoit. I’m not a translator, so don’t blame me for incorrect words/expressions)
Original version can be found here
The Slackline Brothers have been given the opportunity to spread the seeds of slacklining in Ecuador!! A team of 6 of us; Corbin Usinger, Clay Usinger, Dylan Buffington, Austin Josephs, Jenna McLennan and Maria Quinones-Phiegh are heading out early tomorrow morning at 2 am.. First to Panama, then after a layover for a few hours we’re off to Guayaquil! We will be performing for the extreme sports festival, Feria de Duran, and will be representing Slackline Brothers and the Tesalia Springs Company’s new drink 220V, EXTREME! Steel structures will be supporting our 85ft long/25ft high line that we’ll be playing on, Everyone on the team is super psyched for this amazing trip! Pics will be posted soon!
The Slackline.com crew will be rigging a highline or two at the Ouray Ice Festival in Ouray, Colorado during the 9th-11th of January. If you’re in the area, or planning on going to the Festival at all, be sure to come check it out. Some of the best highliners in the country will be coming by to give a highline trick demo, and we’ll have a lowline set up for spectators, first timers, and experienced slackliners to try out. We’ll be sure to post up some photos after we get back, but come see the awesomeness for yourself. The Ouray Ice Festival is a great event held every year that benefits the Ouray Ice Park, it is one of their top fundraisers. You can find out more information about the event at www.ourayicefestival.com
Recently my friend Matt and I hiked up the Stawamus Chief in Squamish, BC and rigged a highline around 40 meters long. This has been a goal of mine for quite some time. So far it has been rigged three times, twice by Matt, that we know of. I’m proud to say that I got the second send.
We left it up for a bit, came back a few days later with a video camera and got this…
Approach: From the Chief parking lots, walk up Shannon falls trail to the 3rd summit of the Chief.
Rigging: There are two bolts on the 2nd summit, as for the 3rd summit side, you have to equalize off of trees. We tied string to a rock and hucked it across. This can prove challenging.See more photos and read more about this on our Slackline.com Forums
Big thanks to Matt for the use of his gear and Ryan Warden for filming it.
Jon Ritson of Leeds England has recently made an honorable attempt at a new record for the longest and highest highline in England.
The news report can be viewed here:
Congratulations on the publicity Jon! Best of luck in future records!
Recently, as you may have noticed, the sport of slackline has been exploding in popularity. It’s been all over the news, in Nike commercials, college campuses, and city parks. In the past few weeks I have been taking part in weekly slackline sessions with local Vancouver slackline enthusiasts. (If you’re in the Vancouver area, we meet at Kitsilano Beach every Monday at 6pm, come on down!) While slacklining on the beach one evening durring the Vancouver Folk Fest a friend mentioned there was an upcoming slackline festival in Squamish. So I went.
This festival was definitely not your typical festival. If you’re not familiar with Squamish, many describe it as the the Yosemite counterpart of Canada. There is a lifetime of climbing to be done in Squamish. Of course today we were here to slackline. HevyFest more_link_text
by Scott Rogers
This year’s Slackline.com Lost Arrow Spire trip was full of fun and adventure, as every highlining trip should be. What started out as a dream for many became a reality for some as July 4th approached this year. Through talk and gossip it seemed that the annual trip to the spire would be crowded and unappealing. Fortunately, this wasn’t the case, as a very small group of individuals made the yearly pilgrimage to Yosemite.
By Scott Rogers
If any of my adventures on this site have the properties befitting of the word “wild”, this trip was probably one of the most apropos. Leaving Boulder last Friday (March 21st) and returning Wednesday (March 26th), we were in Moab for quite some time. The trip was prepared meticulously, making certain that everyone who was going had accurate directions to the obscure destination, and that all the requisite gear would be there at the start of the trip. Mary and I drove out to Moab, meeting Joe, Dave, Josh, Jesse, Lindon, Nathan, Dylan, Greg, Josh, Kale, Deon, Terry, Larry, Chris, and a few others at the designated pulloff. Thats right, we had more than 16 people all setting up and crushing highlines at different times during the weekend/week.
2008 Competition Results
- UK Competition
- Best UK: Jon Ritson (Lakes) - £500
- 2nd UK: Frank Kroner (Glasgow) - £300
- 3rd UK: Andrew Marshall (Belfast) - £200
- Best effort UK: Rupert Oellinger (Edinburgh) – Slackline kit
- International Competition
- Best international: Andy Lewis (USA) - £500
- 2nd international: Michael Aschaber (Austria) - £300
- 3rd international: Damian Cooksey (USA) - £200
- Best effort international: Nils Diamer (Germany) – Slackline tightening system
The Fort William Mountain Festival hosted a historic coming together of some of the world’s most devoted and skilled slackliners. These “slackers” gathered in Scotland to compete for the title of International Slack Master of 2008. Along with the title came the promise of over $3000 worth of cash and prizes to ensure a sizzling competitive fire. With the continuously progressive evolution of slackline style and frequent updates of the purposed physical limits of the sport– no one knew what types of talent to expect.
On July 13, 1985, Scott Balcom became the first man in the world to walk across the Lost Arrow Spire Highline. A towering 2890 feet (880 meters), above the valley floor. 22 years and 3 days later, Libby Sauter became the first woman to cross the lost arrow spire highline. This has become the most coveted highline in the world. Congratulations to Libby!