This is a gift economy style of education for extreme sports!
When everyone chips in something, we get magic! I couldn't list the number of people that have helped with their time, talent, gear, platforms, education, and money. When I have put one foot forward, 10 other people have also. 4 years, 300 videos, 1400 break tests and several ebooks later we are growing to be an incredible independent resource of information. We want to keep answering every question that goes through ones mind when they are depending their life on gear. We value standards and want to help teach what they are and how they are achieved, but we also love testing things outside the box! Help us continue to discover and make education on how to stay safe free for everyone around the world.
This channel survives off donations. Thank you to those who have donated so far!!! You all know I love transparency so here goes... I spend about $1,500 a month on editors, break test machines (improving and fixing), gear to break, website expenses, and general expenses. I am grateful to Bobby Hutton who helps me the most and for free. And about 100 other people who have donated their time and probably another 100 people who have donated gear to break. Ads on YouTube are helpful but only have historically been around $100 to $300 a month in the last 6 months. My patron donations finally match my editor costs so I don't go in the hole just creating the episodes. Posting twice a week has not only been received well but important for me to release all the content we are creating. In the last 4 years of doing this channel, my goal was to break even and make all the highline rigging knowledge available in one place. $10,000 in donations over 4 years has been insanely helpful... but I also have $30,000 into it. I have a feeling I'll always put 200% of your donations back into this channel because we have way to much fun doing this!
We believe information should be available and free when it saves people's lives. So everything is free on our website. The Bolting Bible is everything available online about climbing bolts in one place and in several languages, Highline University will have rigging courses in the same style and format as the Bolting Bible. Slackline Groups Map is to help people find slackliners near them to get plugged into this community. Slack Snap and Bolt Busters is/will be integrated into the Bolt Bible and Highline University, which combined is over 1200 break tests. And of course our episodes which come out now twice a week, always aiming to entertain AND educate.
I paint houses for a living at Jenks Painting. I have one employee and try to get home around 2pm each day so I can work until I go to sleep working on the channel. I make a living and don't need to earn money from this venture, but need HowNOT2 to be self sustainable. The energy I put in is my way of giving back, as many people have done in slacklining and climbing. I enjoy learning, educating and getting to know so many of you! There are several ways below you can donate below. Believe me, the more highline money we get here, the cooler the stuff will get!
I appreciate you!!!