After 26 hours in the car we finally arrived in Fruita, CO. It was late in a night, but we managed talked a bit with Terry and then went straight to bed.
The ride from Austin,Texas to Terry's house was truly exhausting. Faith was driving most of the time. It took really long to get out of Texas, then we almost ran out of gas in New Mexico, but had the pleasure of meeting two German ladies who worked at a convenience store in the middle of nowhere, New Mexico, who were kind enough to be a part of our video. After driving through a mysterious snow storm, we finally reached Utah and then Colorado.
Somewhere in New Mexico ... (photo by Jordan Tybon)
By that time the temperature outside our car had definitely dropped down. Unfortunately our car doesn't have a heater so the temperature inside was the same. The three of us put all the clothes we had on and went inside our down sleeping bags.
Our packed car. You can see warm clothing and the sleeping bag ... (photo by Jordan Tybon)
It was freezing cold in Fruita. We were happy that the drive was over and we can sleep on a real bed.
Some of many gas stations ... (photo by Jordan Tybon)
The next day, the 29th of November the Somewhereelseland team went to Moab in Utah. Before we left we packed all the gear and food needed to survive in the desert. Janek walked the short "Terry's backyard highline" free-solo and "Terry's Backyard 120 feet highline" with the 'shackle-leash'.
We bought a few more things to eat on the way and after 1,5h drive we were in our place, manoeuvring the weighted down civic over the bumpy, rocky and muddy road.
The first two people we just met an the parking were Dylan and Nick. Of course Dylan was carrying guns as usual, but I have to admit that time it was kind of a good idea. In the area close to the highline place there was a manhunt in action for a crazy guy, so we could possibly have had a murderer running around somewhere in the bushes.
After we got to the highline place it was almost dark. Faith and Janek managed to walk 26m (85 foot) long and 30m (100ft) high "Blame Canada" Highline OS&FM with the 'shackle leash' (a piece of rope tied into both ankles underneath the line). Two days later both of them walked this line free-solo.
Faith free-soloing ... (photo by Jordan Tybon)
Jordan walked super loose "Canadian Bacon" Highline rigged with 1" threaded tubular and the dynamic rope in the belt-loop swami!
Next morning Janek started with free-soloing two small highlines (both 11m long and 40m high).
Faith, Jordan and Janek walked all the other lines besides the 60m long "Give Up" Highline in the swami-belts, ankle leash or double ankle leash. Faith and Jordan had really good tries in swami-belts on the 60m line. Although it was super cold,snow was coming and it was windy and the line was really heavy. Jordan fell few meters before screaming out some words we will not publish here ...
We had about 25 people at the same time as us and bunch of people had left before we came. We think all together it was about 40-50 people, so GGBY highline gathering is getting bigger every year. We must to say it was insane beginning of the trip. Not one of us used a harness, Faith and Janek walked their longest free-solo and each of us pushed our limits walking long heavy and loose lines in the swami-belt.
We saw Andy Lewis walking 40m long and 35m high "Shakes McCoy" Highline free-solo. That was some impressive stuff.
Andy and the longest free-solo ever ... (photo by Jordan Tybon)
Mich Kemeter also walked 26m long highline free-solo multiple times and cruised the other lines including 50m long "Shakes McGee" Highline using super long ankle leash.
Julien almost send 60m long monster line using shackle leash as protection. Tancrède Melet finally sent the "Give Up" Highline. Congrats man! That was an awesome ascent! He also became the first known highliner to try the noose-leash. We missed it but heard about it afterwards.
Tancrède sending ... (photo by Jordan Tybon)
Faith sent also one of the short lines "Brent & Canyon are pussy’s until they send this line" Highline on sight free-solo!
During the highline meeting in Moab, Kyle from Sender Films was shooting some sick highline footage with Andy Lewis. Watch out for the upcoming movie!
Faith had a great idea for the photo - six naked people walking on six parallel lines. We had Faith, Janek, Pierre, Julien, Mich and Andy on all the lines. Here is the photo below:
(photo by Jordan Tybon)
Andy and the true 'balls and chain' send ! (photo by Jordan Tybon)
We met a lot of old friends and bunch of new crazy people. It was a great time! Most of the attendees have already gone home. Somewhereelseland crew is resting right now in Terry's place waiting for the good weather and hanging out with Brian, Kyle, Pierre and Andy. Tomorrow we will come back to the desert to rig and send Jordan's highline 55m long exposed project which we already bolted. Our gear is stashed in the small rock caves, waiting for us. Heinz Zak has arrived and will come with us.
All six lines together ... (photo by Jordan Tybon)
Keep your eye on upcoming news from the next visit in Moab!
Peace & SlackOn!