BUCK ON A WIRE

The Sunday Times - - NEWS - BELLE TAYLOR

MOST blokes cel­e­brate their bucks party with a wild night on the town, but Zed Col­back is a dif­fer­ent kind of thrillseeker.

The 25-year old climb­ing in­struc­tor was with two friends in Al­bany last week­end when he walked a high line strung 60m above the crash­ing waves of West Cape Howe.

“That’s what I find fun,” the dare­devil said, adding his bride-to-be had warmed to his “crazi­ness”.

“I just get stoked on it. That was more fun than any­thing else.

“I have a climb­ing har­ness on and a climb­ing rope that’s at­tached to climb­ing gear that is on the ac­tual line. So if you do fall, you just dan­gle on the rope.

He said his bride-to-be has warmed up to his crazi­ness.

“At first she’s all, ‘Nah, don’t so this’, and ‘Don’t do that’ but I tell her: ‘I do it safely!’ It looks ridicu­lous, but it is safe,” Mr Col­back said.

A spokesman for the Depart­ment of Bio­di­ver­sity, Con­ser­va­tion and At­trac­tions said while high-lin­ing does not re­quire per­mis­sion, it would ad­vise against at­tempt­ing the stunt.

Balanc­ing act: Zed Col­back high lines above crash­ing waves at West Cape Howe. Pic­ture: Clin­ton Le Chat

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