Samuel Volery’s attempt to cross the longest highline, with 537m, got rudely interrupted after just 2 days. The line got hit by several lightning bolts and snapped.
The longest highline and an unexpected surprise
After just 1 day of rigging the longest highline, at the time, in the beautiful area also known as ‘Churfirsten’ stated in Switzerland, Samuel and his team managed to set up a whopping 537m long prototype. Samuel couldn’t help but to try the line at the same day, just so he could test the waters a bit. Because it was already quite dark, he only managed to walk for around 60-70 meters.
Next day the conditions were perfect. In the morning, a few crew members tried to walk the line, but after several attempt it seemed nearly impossible. Then it was Samuel’s turn. With great difficulty and a lot of stumbles, he finally managed to cross the line after approximately 2 hours! When it was getting dark they decided to call it a day, mainly because there was a storm coming so they had to shelter. Not knowing what surprise would await them the next day.. check out the movie for the whole story!
Tobias Rodenkirch is SLACKTIVITY co-founder and an enthusiastic slackliner and climber. With great passion and creativity he works on the development of new slackline material. He started slacklining in 2003 and founded SLACKTIVITY in 2009 while studying movement science.