Three Record-Setting Highliners Cross the World’s Longest Line; Lindsay N Smith; National Geographic


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After walking an unprecedented 1662-metre long highline over the Navacelles Valley, three French athletes become world-record holders.

Highlining is not a sport for the faint of heart. Each step forward takes serious concentration, a strong core, and enough willpower to put one foot in front of the other while balancing high above the ground.

Members of the French slacklining team Sangle Dessus-Dessous clearly have those traits covered. On June 9-10, 2017, four members of the team attempted the longest highline ever, and three of them completed the walk.

Much like tightrope walkers, slackliners walk across flat webbing—a woven fabric used in place of rope—that’s been suspended in the air. But while tightropes are run with immense tension, slacklines are looser and allow for some stretch and movement.

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