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Slackline
Joshua Tree National Park on a cold and windy afternoon in December of 2010.
It's not me guys, It's an unknown climber and using a safety leash would have been a good idea
Short History: The very first time I saw something like this was in 1970, in Yosemite's Camp 4/ climbers campground. It consisted of a chain, 30 feet long, hung between two trees about 3 feet off the ground. Jim Bridwell , a Yosemite icon, and his buddies used to walk on it as the chain swung left and right like crazy. Everytime my buddies and I went there, we tried it too.
At least a decade later, the chain had turned into a one-inch-wide nylon webbing stretched between two trees. It was now called "Slackline."
Then, people started to increase the hight, 10 feet, 20 feet,... hung between two rock formations.
The latest, as far as I know: A famous Yosemite climber, D.P. without any safety measure, has walked the slackline stretched between Lost Arrow Spire and Upper Yosemite Falls Wall.

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MarmadukeSome more Info?

Marmaduke

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Nice shot Marc, but what's this all about?
Posted Jan 6, 2011 2:30 am

MarcsoltanRe: Some more Info?

Marcsoltan

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Hi Troy, First of all, this is not me. It's an unknown climber.
Slacklining is walking on a one-inch wide webbing hung between two points. I'll add some history to the caption.
Thank you for checking it out.
:-)
Posted Jan 6, 2011 10:18 am

AfzalExcellent

Afzal

Voted 10/10

and very special shot! Really a great shot! Thanks for sharing such special shot with us.
Best regards, Afzal
Posted Jan 6, 2011 2:39 am

MarcsoltanRe: Excellent

Marcsoltan

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Thank you very much, Afzal. I feel lucky to be in this area to see this guy and his friends set up the system and walk on the slackline.
Best Regards,
Marc
Posted Jan 6, 2011 10:20 am

ojoo my..!

Voted 10/10

Hi Mark. I'll explain about my "Ladis (Tirol, Austria) Wanderpass" if you explain what's going on in this shot! Deal? :) :)
Posted Jan 6, 2011 5:32 am

MarcsoltanRe: o my..!

Marcsoltan

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Thank you very much for adding the explanation to your "Ladis" photo. I'm going to do the same for this photo.
Give a me a bit of time to do it. Thanks, :-)
Posted Jan 6, 2011 10:23 am

rdmcCRAZY....

rdmc

Voted 10/10

.... what's with this?
Posted Jan 6, 2011 10:19 am

MarcsoltanRe: CRAZY....

Marcsoltan

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Hi Roxy, You would be glad to know that it's not me walking the slackline. I am too old and wise for this kind of thing.
I've added an explanation to the caption.
:-)
Posted Jan 6, 2011 11:17 am

goldenhopperProtection?

goldenhopper

Voted 10/10

Mark, normally they wear a harness with a short line for falls in situations such as your photo here, but I can't see any protection. Did you notice if he/she was wearing a harness? Great Photo as usual!
Posted Jan 7, 2011 12:33 am

MarcsoltanRe: Protection?

Marcsoltan

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There were five or six guys doing this and they all used safety leashes except for this guy. I took about ninety photos of the set up and the walk. I'll post a few of the photos at a later date.
BTW, I see you've gone back to your original name.
Thanks for the compliment,
Marc
Posted Jan 7, 2011 1:32 am

NoonduelerI think this could be

Noondueler

Voted 10/10

Dean Potter Marc. He's the base jumping speed climber. (El Cap, The Nose in 2:36 min with a partner Nov. '10).
Whatever floats yer boat!
http://www.prana.com/blog/2009/05/22/dean-potter-on-the-line-solo-at-taft-point/
Posted Jan 7, 2011 2:19 am

MarcsoltanRe: I think this could be

Marcsoltan

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Windsor, If you read the last sentence in my caption, you will see that I know a thing or two about Dean Potter. This could be him, but I doubt it. Dean Potter is very tall, this guy wasn't that tall. There were tall guys in the group that walked with a safety leash. I took 90 photos of the whole process and the different guys that walked. I'll post a few more pix in the future.
Posted Jan 7, 2011 10:42 am

EricChuNice photo, Marc...

EricChu

Voted 10/10

...but thank God that's not you on it...I would have died of fright! :-)
Cheers,
Eric
Posted Jan 7, 2011 5:14 pm

MarcsoltanRe: Nice photo, Marc...

Marcsoltan

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Thank you, Eric. I may be old, but I haven't lost my mind yet.
I am planning to be around for a while longer.
:-) Marc
Posted Jan 7, 2011 6:42 pm

AdeelBeautiful

Adeel

Voted 10/10

and amazing shot!
Posted Jan 8, 2011 2:25 am

MarcsoltanRe: Beautiful

Marcsoltan

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Thank you very much, advlov. I was lucky to be there when this guy walked on the slackline.
Cheers,
:-)
Posted Jan 8, 2011 11:30 am

dmikiIf you zoom in

dmiki

Voted 10/10

on the guy, (s)he's got some kind of surrounding halo - or are my eyes deceiving me?
Posted Jan 10, 2011 7:36 am

MarcsoltanRe: If you zoom in

Marcsoltan

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No, your eyes aren't deceiving you. He is an angel from heaven.
I think the backlight may have caused the light effect, or that he may really be from heaven.
Posted Jan 10, 2011 10:47 am

emfrykiller

emfry

Voted 10/10

Hi Marc, we were there that night too! We were driving by and pulled over to snap a few photos but just caught the tail end of a female walking it. It was cool to watch though. Great shot! The lighting was perfect for that shot.
Posted Jan 13, 2011 7:53 pm

MarcsoltanRe: killer

Marcsoltan

Hasn't voted

That was pretty crazy seeing that one guy walk without a safety leash, especially since it was windy . I guess we must have left before the girl walked. She must have joined them later because I saw them set up and everything and there were no girls with them then.
Posted Jan 13, 2011 11:09 pm

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