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Thrill-seeker Zed Col­back took to a high wire atop West Cape Howe’s tow­er­ing cliffs at the week­end, but the dar­ing stunt drew the ire of au­thor­i­ties.

Walk­ing a wire more than 60m above West Cape Howe’s crash­ing waves isn’t ev­ery­body’s idea of fun, but it’s an­other day out for thrillseeker Zed Col­back.

He’s an Aus­tralian Ninja War­rior 2018 fi­nal­ist and out­doors­man, but Mr Col­back says his lat­est chal- lenge — wire walk­ing — has pushed him into un­fa­mil­iar ter­ri­tory. At times shaky and often daunt­ing, the long drop would give even the bravest peo­ple the willies.

“It was ridicu­lous be­cause it was our first time, we had no idea what it would be like,” he said.

“It’s not re­ally an adren­a­line thing, it’s more like push­ing your- self men­tally and fight­ing an­other war in your brain.”

Mr Col­back hopes to be able to master walk­ing the wire by the end of the year.

Although wire walk­ing may be breath­tak­ing, the De­part­ment of Bio­di­ver­sity, Con­ser­va­tion and At­trac­tions warned against peo­ple try­ing the ac­tiv­ity for them­selves.

“DBCA strongly dis­cour­ages these ac­tiv­i­ties due to the po­ten­tial risk of those both di­rectly in­volved and mem­bers of the pub­lic who may be spec­tat­ing on nearby cliffs,” the de­part­ment said.

Pic­ture: Clin­ton Le Chat

Thrill-seeker Zed Col­back hangs pre­car­i­ously above the crash­ing waves dur­ing a wire walk at West Cape Howe.

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