1617' Long Highline on Castleton Tower in Moab Utah!!!!!!
After hearing about the line rigged between Castleton and rectory I had to go out to Moab to see this thing for myself! I left town with Aaron Ares and headed there! Ive been training super hard lately and figured it could be a good opportunity for me to go play on a really big slackline! We drove about 8 hours out to the desert and hiked up to the base of the tower the next evening. The day passed by quickly as you have to hike up a few miles, and jug up 400 feet to get to the anchor. There was a line of people trying to attempt the line with very serious intentions of walking the entire length. (This was about an 1.5 hour commitment to cross this beast!) On lines this long, the best way to get back to the anchor is just to walk the entire thing, sliding on a line slide would tire you out very quickly because of the gnarly slope! So I respected their project and returned down the spire. It was so incredible to be at this line and witness the attempts! I watched several crossing by Theo Sanso and Guillaume Rolland- Just leave it to the french! They CRUSHED! Very inspiring to watch them walk this just absolutely ridiculously long, nasty, beautiful,saggy,epic, exposed highline!!!
The line was so off level (maybe 85 feet?) not to mention the near 100 feet of sag- So walking near the anchors is pretty much like walking up a steep slope.
Aaron and I woke up the next morning and sat to a nice breakfast in Moab and then headed out to the fruitbowl. At Castleton Tower I reunited with a slackline friend Anthony Boulay. Along with Anthony was Julien Desforges from SlacklineMontreal. They told me they would be rigging up some lines at the fruit bowl so we joined them for the day. When we arrived at the bowl we met another highliner named Pete Thompson.
Together we rigged "Deans Line(140'ish) " and "Big-Melons"(190'). The 190 was rigged on Aero main and Tubular backup. Main line was barely tensioned. It was a very nice lightweight setup to walk across a great gap 500feet up. Check out the time lapse from the day below! We had a great day with Anthony, Julien and Pete but returned back home Sunday Night. Im home for the next 5 days but then returning out to Moab for GGBY and more desert shenanigans!!!!
Highline Shenanigans in Moab - Pre GGBY
GGBY - Actually stands for Gobble Gobble Bitches Yeah! And that means that hundreds of highline slackliners will be gathering together in Moab, Utah for the festival at the end of the month. It's an incredible time filled with tons of new faces, great exposure, dance parties and more! I actually learned how to highline at the festival 3 years ago! Its crazy to look back at my progression.
I plan on rigging the 556' at the bowl on my brand new 1110' piece of t18 doubled up! ( Thanks to Balancing Earth Slacklines!) After a few days at the gathering I'm in search of some desert tower lines with trustee ole partner Davis Dailey! I'll keep you posted on the progress.
Lessons I learned today - Patience is an extremely powerful tool to manifestation. You know you are in the right place at the right time when everything you want to happen starts happening.... Dreams do come true. DREAM BIG.
Teaser film from our recent trip to yosemite!
Recap on some of the highlines we rigged! - Below info on Lost Arrow Spire, Yosemite Falls 256'!!!!
Yosemite is truly an incredible place!!The 2000 foot tall granite walls combined with the mystical sunsets, vegetation and wildlife truly make you feel like your on a different planet! The highlines this trip completely altered my respect for the element of exposure! The lines also provided an opportunity to get out of my comfort level, and discover what happens within the mind 2000 feet above the valley floor suspended on 1" wide webbing. I came home to colorado very humble, and grateful for the opportunity to spend so much time doing what I love!
Lost arrow and Yosemite Falls expedition
We packed up lots of slackline equipment, food and camping gear to spend 6 days straight on top of the falls and spire! We lucked out and were able to access the spire very easily thanks to the help of our Australian climber friend Tim. He fixed the tyrolean to the spire the night before in the middle of wind storm! This guy was a badass and super grateful he helped us out.
BETA; The classic spire line went up super quick! When I arrived to the spire I was a bit disappointed by the amount of bolts on top of the spire but understood the history of the fixed hardware put in.
Static side we used 4 bolts and on the flake side we used 2 #3 camalots and 2 #4 camalots in the crack. We backed up the entire rig with the static rappel line. The anchor looked really good and raged! Davis, Alejandro, and myself got the onsight full man. My second walk, I took off my clothes and walked the spire naked! Later that night I also tried walking the line under the full moon! Truly and incredible experience!
The 256 foot long highline at the spire was recommended to me from several friends- we had been told it was the most exposed line in the park. (Definitely was out of the lines we rigged)
The nose side has 3 Bomber 50 kn glue in eye bolts that work great for the line. In order to reach the bolts we threw down a 100 meter piece of static rope down the granite cliffside. The tensioning side was 4 bolts out at the farthest point of the cliff. The rig was so exposed and beautiful! As soon as we rigged the line, alejandro gave it a crossing with a few falls. I was next and walked the entire 256' line ONSIGHT! Davis followed with a crossing with just a couple falls as well. We raged the line for 3 days!
"Yosemite Falls X2" 256' 2000 feet high!
So many new friends were made, dreams were lived and a piece of Yosemite forever resides inside my heart. I'll see you in the spring Yosemite!