Photos: the world's sickest slacklines

Slackliners are taking their sport to new levels – and new locations. Don't look down...

There's nothing lazy about these 'slackers', but to the unitiated, they certainly look crazy. The niche sport has risen to new heights as balance experts tie up open-air traverses in incredible new places. Below, we showcase some of the best images we've seen. Photographer Krystle Wright shares some of her favourite shots along with a few from climber and slackliner Hainz Zak. Then there's a selection from this year's Red Bull Illume Image Quest, and one epic moon-lit shot from climber Dean Potter.

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Light on the line

Light on the line

LED lights showcase the movements Chris Rigby needs to balance walking "Just Like A Dream" highline in Cosumnes River Gorge, Placerville, Ca. The line is 75m long with 8 feet of sag standing in the middle, with 800 pounds tension on 2 stacked pieces of 1 inch wide Type-18 nylon webbing.

© Krystle Wright
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Looking down the line

Looking down the line

Krystle Wright brings the feet into focus with this close-up. Slackliners will typically balance the line under the centre of their foot.

© Krystle Wright
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Life on Mars
high lining

Life on Mars

Moab, Utah offers a variety of slacklining options in the famous 'Red Cliffs' region.

© Krystle Wright
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Picture of a pro
Emily Sukiennik highlining between an arch

Picture of a pro

There is such a thing as a 'professional slackliner' and Emily Sukiennik is just that. Here, she highlines an arch in the Moab Desert, Utah.

© Krystle Wright
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Swinging through the trees
Ben Plotkin-Swing performing on a highline between the trees

Swinging through the trees

Ben Plotkin-Swing walks a 67m highline through the California Redwoods during the Humboldt Highlining Festival.

© Krystle Wright
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Spot the highliner

Spot the highliner

A small crew including Andy Lewis, Jerry Miszewski, Preston Alden and Ryan Robinson establish this new 180.1ft highline on the coast of Northern California called "Poseidon" for short. (Don't ask about the long name.) Here, Andy Lewis walks a 180.1ft high line.

© Krystle Wright
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Highliner
Red Bull Illume 2013 Top-250 Martin Lugger

Highliner

Athlete Florian Ebner walks a daring line over the Lienzer Dolomites in Austria in this Red Bull Illume finalist image.

© Martin Lugger/Red Bull Illume
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Eyeing the highline
Red Bull Illume 2013 Top-250 Harald Wisthaler

Eyeing the highline

Armin Holzer eyes a slackline crossing in South Tyrol.

© Harald Wisthaler/Red Bull Illume
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Walking on water

Walking on water

Heinz Zak traverses a waterline over the Riffelsee, with the iconic Matterhorn peak in the background.

© Heinz Zak
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High above the treeline
Red Bull Illume 2013 Top-250 Alexandre Buisse

High above the treeline

Mich Kemeter freely traverses in Yosemite National Park.

© Alexandre Buisse/Red Bull Illume
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Dean Potter slackline in Yosemite

Dean Potter slackline in Yosemite

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