Sunday, January 01, 2012

Don't look down!

Via a blog with the cool name "OneInchGroup" comes this video that is not for acrophobes.

The first time I watched it, I had to do so out of the corner of my eye, and even then, my palms were practically dripping sweat:

24 comments:

Jeff the Baptist said...

I;m not doing that kind of crap in Yosemite unless Spock is nearby in his jet boots.

Sean D Sorrentino said...

Eff that. When you walk tightropes, you will eventually fall. No safety rope? No net? That's just slow motion suicide.

Brock Townsend said...

The bravest of the brave. Posted.

McThag said...

What Sean said!

fast richard said...

That got my heart rate up.

Sebastian said...

I don't notice that he is looking down either :)

Spud said...

Well...getting old does suck.

Lanius said...


Eff that. When you walk tightropes, you will eventually fall. No safety rope? No net? That's just slow motion suicide.

Eventually, you'll die too. A brief
look on bios of various tightrope walkers and the like suggests they don't fall to death that often.

Average life expectancy among them likely isn't much worse than among couch potatoes...

ZerCool said...

Oh. Hell. No.

"Three thousand two hundred feet down"...

So, let's see ... carry the one ... eat the pi... square root...

He'd have a solid 14-15 seconds to scream on the way down!

Joseph said...

Yet I can't get in my truck without buckling up without John Law getting in my business?

Anonymous said...

Flying Wallendas

and not only no, but hell no.

I have no wish to see the last 15 or so seconds of my life flash by before I splat by doing something like that.

Gmac

TJIC said...

I'm ready to vomit up my breakfast now.

OTOH, I can likely expect to live a grand total of 80 years...but I expect that he lives 80 years in four minutes, every time he walks one of those.
shooting and killing a third man, Sam Vanettes, who was attempting to break up the fight. Surprisingly, Long was actually arrested and held on $1 million bail. This is a good thing. Barely, though (yay! A cop w

roy in nipomo said...

Lanius said: "A brief look on bios of various tightrope walkers and the like suggests they don't fall to death that often."

Nope, usually once is enough.

rickn8or said...

Nawp. Sorry, not me.

I was too hard to raise.

Somewhat of a klutz.

Skeerd of heights too.

Cybrludite said...

::slip:: Oh shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii...::gasp::...iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii::gasp::...iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii...::thud::

Paul said...

Pretty cool. Not sure where ranger rick was as the set up had to take some time.

His concetration was total and he did not seem to be out control.

I would not want to do that, but it is his life, he can live it as he likes.

BobG said...

I get queasy standing on tiptoes; that flick made me want to crawl into a corner and hide.

caleb said...

Awesome. We've all got to go eventually, might as well have fun while you're at it.

Jennifer said...

Oh wow! I trip and fall on solid ground. But I suppose 14-15 seconds of pure terror prior to death is not as bad as slowly wasting away.
wv:poingi-as in the rope was poingi

Randy said...

Wonder if a market will develop for YouTube clips of dare devils who, well...., aren't as talented as their successful counterparts?

Six said...

I feel good about myself when I don't fall off the curb.

Justthisguy said...

When the Sweety and I were refugeeing from Wilma, we had to go over the (new) Sunshine Skyway bridge near Tampa. She was driving, and rolled down the windows and opened the moon roof, so as to have a chance to get out if we went into the water. I refrained from pointing out to her that a fall from that height would thwack us really good, and swimming is not an option for squashed bent dead people.

I did direct her attention to the remains of the old bridge, prolly not a good move on my part.

Yes, her knuckles were quite white on the wheel all the way across, to the point of giving her hand-cramps afterwards.

Crotalus (Don't Tread on Me) said...

8-/

Hat Trick said...

Dean Potter is a rock climber of some note. He started this slack line thing some 15 years ago by stringing up slack lines just a couple feet off the ground in the climbers camp in Yosemite and getting a lot of practice.

People like Sean have been predicting his imminent demise for over a decade. I'm not saying that he'll never fall but he has an incredible sense of balance and body position.