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Moab Highline Festival

Ryan Robinson
Utah
ryan ronbinson moab highline festival

Over Thanksgiving, Travis Burke and I had the opportunity to trek out into the Moab desert for a highline meet up. People came from all over the world to highline at the Fruitbowl, a perfectly gapped slot canyon that provides us lines from 20 feet all the way to 700 and beyond across. This year the Moab crew decided to rig up a massive spacenet consuming 2,000 square feet of space positioned out in the middle of a gorgeous canyon.  Needless to say, it was a sight to be seen. Nothing this big has ever been established and getting it up and running took the effort of over 50 people pushing and pulling this behemoth of a line until it was situated and tensioned. The legs ranged from roughly 175 to 305 feet, the entire system dangling 450' above the red rocks below.

Because I'm into suffering and torture, I decided it was only suiting that I get on the longest leg of the line first.

It was absolutely the most intense and challenging experience I've ever had! Why? On every other line I've walked there have been two static, bolted, non-moving end points to which the highline is tethered. On this system, however, the far anchor was tethered to a net that moves and sways and bounces and floats and pushes and pulls... I felt like I was getting sea sick out there as my eyes couldn't seem to find a fixed point upon which to focus! I finally did make it to the net having walked it with a few falls.  If you've ever seen paracord you know that it is as thin as wire, and being suspended in space on a net through which you can see more ground and space than net... that's a heart pounding experience I'll never forget.

ryan ronbinson moab highline festival
ryan ronbinson moab highline festival
ryan ronbinson moab highline festival