On the side of a volcano in the middle of the Indian Ocean, Nathan Paulin set a new slackline world record: 403m long, high above the Cassé de la Riviére de l’est. With 250m of air underneath his feet, it was no walk in the park. See the video below to see the experience from above, beside, and of course, in the middle.
Update: The day this story was published, Nathan has just set a new world record highline at the Natural Games in Millau, France – 469m!
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With the help of six friends (and some rope), Paulin brought the line across the gap and anchored it to two trees.
If you’re thinking that this slack line looks a little more slack than others, well, you’d be right. It has about 25-30 meters of sag in the middle – with good reason. “The oscillations of a looser line are smaller, and not as quick,” says Paulin. “It’s easier to make the crossing when the line is loose.”
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After a day of practice – during some of which the path on the line was entirely obscured by fog and clouds – Nathan was able to make the crossing on his first try of the day. In total, it took him 23 minutes to walk the 403m. What was going through his mind? Certainly not falling. “I visualised myself at the end of the line,” he says. “And I don’t visualise a fall. Because if you imagine you fall, you will fall.”
Filmmaker Quentin Sixdeniers plans to release a medium-length film about the project soon. Find out more on his Facebook page.