taft point-camp 4 & friends
davis and I rolled into the valley late Sunday night and ended up staying the night in the van. We took it easy on Monday letting our bodies recoup from the trickline event in Vegas.
We decide to start the trip up at Taft point the next day. We had 4 riggers so we rigged up both lines (170' and 100'ish?) in the afternoon . Werigged both lines on type 18 main- dynamic Rope backup. Last time I visited Taft point I only rigged the smaller line and seshed it super hard. This time I was able to experience the exposure of the 170' and was very thrilled! I walked the line onsight(meaning my first attempt at the line I walked it completely without falling) with quite a bit of sag!
Our buddy Alejandro from Argentina who we met in camp 4, met us up at Taft point as well. We were lucky enough to drive the van which alluded for a short approach. Alejandro on the other hand had to hike from the valley floor all the way up! Maybe 7 miles uphill?? Quite a hike and a great Slackline friend!
The falls are flowing! They have been dry since July but Yosemite received some intense rain this past week and has a good amount of water coming down the couple thousand foot rock face :) Davis, Simone, Ron, and Alejandro left this morning to rig the line- I had to wait back in camp due to a shoulder/elbow injury I acquired. So today I'm healing, and to be honest I don't think there Is a better place on earth than Yosemite valley to spend for a rest day!
Camp 4 is popping off! Davis and I keep joking around about it being a shanti town of climbers and Highliners haha There's a devil raccoon that keeps stealing people's belonging and trash, then he runs into the forest or up high in the trees. One guy got in a tug o war fight with the coon over his backpack!! We are coincidentally camped right next to a group of European Highliners that plan to stay for a bit longer and sesh some lines with us! We plan on rigging the big falls line about 260' with them.
We also had a great opportunity hanging with friends Amie, Dane, and Kate. Too many laughs and bad jokes.
Big slack lines, more friends, and amazing star watching along the horizon :).
Today was an amazing day. We had an awesome set up from noon to 6pm. We rigged off a tree(conveniently) and the static side was connected to 2 cement ballasts that weighed in at a few tons each. We only had to use a riser on one side which made the rig nice. We used the trickline webbing from Balancing Earth and really enjoyed it's bounce!
Here's s shot of the static side.
we raged hard all day!! I know we impacted thousands of people's life today with some Slacklining, The stoke levels were so high it kept us throwing big air nonstop. Doug negotiated the sausage cart some brats in exchange for a shootout during one of our jams.
Great success but man do I hurt...
OCT 14, 2015
One year ago, I was fortunate enough to be hired out for the Monster Energy cup to perform on some slacklines with the Rocky Mountain Slackline crew. Well, Im going back this year! In fact were leaving for Las Vegas tomorrow! And after the event I have already decided that I am going to stay on the road and hit up yosemite for some highlines._
Packing all this gear it ridiculous - Heres a rough list on some fun gear were bringing for the month long adventure
Bringing a few thousand feet of combined different webbings, 18 crash pads, few highline rigs, a few trad racks and another combined thousand+ feet of ropes.
Plan to rig - All the classic lines yosemite has to offer -I definitely am super stoked on the taft point 170, the new long lost arrow spire line (170-190 foot range not sure) and the newly established falls 200 plus foot highline and of course some monsters :) Who know what can happen when you have a new 1110 foot piece of type 18 from BalancingEarth!!!!!
I'll keep you updated on our travels and of course post lots of pictures and video. Especially keep up on my instagram @dakotaslackline
Until then here's some eye candy from this past weekend Highlining in the
The Jurassic Park Highline area has been one of my favorite highline areas for a long time. For quite some time we wondered if anything bigger could ever be set up than just the 90/100 foot long highline "wheres the goat." September 27, 2015 I walked a 300 foot long highline at Jurassic Park! I was super stoked to get the first ascent on this line. The exposure is incredible, the line is perfectly level and the rig is bomber! I named this line "ode to scarpelli." Bob Scarpelli is a huge inspiration with his climbing establishments and first ascents. He was always pushing the limits super hard so this line goes out to him! I was accompanied by Aaron Ares, Shane Hickman and Davis Dailey. He made a great short vid. Check it out here!
"Moose In the Meadow" 400+ Foot long highline Vedauwoo,WY
Over the past 2 months I have stayed pretty close to home. I have been eyeing out some bigger projects for awhile now, just was waiting for the perfect weather to start my attempts.
"Moose in the Meadow" - This is a 400+ foot long highline freshly sent in Vedauwoo. Vedauwoo is a magical area in southern Wyoming. Known for world class crack climbing, the area now has a world class quality highline established in the Blair area. The story behind the name is incredible- During the rigging, I was walking to one of the anchors and came just a few feet away from a Moose and her baby! Startled I slowly backed up and gave them space. Once the line was rigged, I finished the walk and starred in to the sunsetting meadow. There I saw the moose and her calf grazing in the meadow. This line was so incredible and the energy from nature was all around. This line made me feel very small and humble. While I was inching across this 400 foot long highline the moose was matching my steps far below... Credit out to Doug Main, Davis Dailey, Ron Doremus, Kaleb Collins, Simon Schaad, Sean Kirkpatrick,Bianca Anderson, Carl Marvin, Meg, Molly, Justin,