Two Californian brothers have set a new record for the longest highline ever walked across mountains in Yosemite National Park, CA.
Moises and Daniel Monterrubio, from San Francisco, walked a 2,800-foot-long line from Taft Point west across a series of gulleys 1,600 feet below. The previous record had been 940-feet long, also from Taft Point, but east.
Highlining is slacklining at altitude. The brothers wore a waist harness connected to a three-inch steel ring around the slackline. In the event of a fall, they wouldn’t plummet to their deaths, but would be left dangling and needing to pull themselves back up on the line.
The brothers had been thinking about attempting the walk for a year. With a group of friends, it took them a week to install the inch-wide slackline between the two anchor points, a set of granite boulders at Taft Point and a tree trunk at the other end.
“It was pretty intense and dangerous. But we made it happen.”
– Moises Monterrubio told the San Francisco Chronicle
Daniel crossed first, falling four times, followed by Moises who fell twice. The ultimate goal was to walk the full length without falling, which Moises eventually achieved, making it across in 37-minutes without falling.