An­other way to hit the high spots

The Straits Times - - OPINION -

Th­ese dare­dev­ils were cer­tainly up for an ad­ven­ture last Satur­day as they per­formed grav­ity-de­fy­ing acts on top of the Mole­son peak in the scenic Gruy­eres re­gion of Switzer­land. They were par­tic­i­pat­ing in the High­line Ex­treme event, which ended yes­ter­day.

High­lin­ing is an aerial ver­sion of slack­lin­ing, and in­volves par­tic­i­pants mak­ing their way across a flat ny­lon web­bing stretched many me­tres above the ground be­tween two an­chor points. It is dif­fer­ent from tightrope walk­ing in that the line is not held rigidly taut, but is al­lowed to stretch and bounce.

The fifth edi­tion of the event brought to­gether 25 of the world’s best slack­lin­ers to the 2,002m-high moun­tain, where they could choose from six dif­fer­ent lines rang­ing from 45m to 480m.

Bal­anc­ing on slack­lines is a train­ing method used by climbers to im­prove their sense of equi­lib­rium.

To avoid the dan­ger of fall­ing down, ath­letes are se­cured with a rope.


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