Three and a half years ago I helped @ @ @ establish this 960’ line at Taft point... I was pretty new to highlining and had just walked my first 60 foot highline that day. I was so stoked to have sent such a ‘long line’ and also be a part of such a mindboggling-ly huge project. Back then, thousand foot lines were NOT the norm in our sport. In fact, I think at that time, Jerry was the only person who had ever even sent one. The exposure on this line was unparalleled. There was absolutely nothing like it. (Fast forward to present day and six people currently share the world record for highlining at 1.9km!)
Anyways, I remember sitting there with the tourists - speechless and stunned - watching Jerry attempt to send this line (the only one of us that would even try), thinking, “Wow. I wonder if I’ll ever be that good?” Swearing to myself, despite how unlikely it felt, that if I could even take a step on something like that someday, I’d be happy.
Three and a half years ago, all I could do was slide out on that line and shake in terror. I only got a few hundred feet out before I couldn’t handle it anymore and had to slide back in before completely losing my breath to fear.
This past weekend, we rigged this line up again (only the second time it’s ever been rigged), and I’m SO proud to say I made a full crossing both ways in one session! I don’t know how many times I fell, and I spent nearly three hours out there on the line, BUT I FUCKING DID IT! It took me 1:30 to cross the first way, and 1:10 on the way back! (I’ve only been on a ~1000’ line two times before this, and I’ve never been able to cross both ways before.)
And what’s even better than accomplishing something you never thought you would!? When all your friends do it too! @, @, @, @ all onsighted this line to claim the FA and set the new Yosemite record. Friedi onsighted it at dusk, walking half of it in the dark without a headlamp, and Lukas even walked it blindfolded! @ @ @ @ all managed to cross (walking with some falls) as well! What a hell of a life we live boys😍