BASE Jump and Highline the World's Biggest Hammock

The Space Net is back, and it’s even bigger. Prepare to be blown away by the antics in this video.
The Double Spacenet BASE slacken and BASe jumping net strung across a gorge in Moab, Utah
Home in the heavens © Cody Tuttle/Wingate Motion
By Josh Sampiero

We know what you're feeling right now: curiosity and confusion. What is this thing? Who built it? Why is it here? How did they get it up there? Will it be there forever? Is it ... safe? Do people really jump off of it?

Well, watch the video below and take 100 seconds to feast your eyes and baffle your brain with one of the most impressive aerial contraptions ever built outside of a Barnum and Bailey's circus — the Double Space Net.

Of course, to have a double, you first start with a single, which you might remember from this story here. The first time was so much fun that "Sketchy" Andy Lewis — AKA "Mr Slackline" — and his crew (often known as the Moab Monkeys) decided they had to do it again, and they brought Wingate Motion along to film it.

So, let's answer some of your "how the heck ..." questions.

It's about 400 feet high

That's high enough to BASE jump from, of course. There are a number of ways to exit the Space Net, provided you're wearing a parachute. Through the net, off the rope, hanging by the hands or straight off the slackline.

It wasn't easy to build. In fact, it took 80 volunteer riggers two full days to pull the 21,000 feet of parachute cord, rope and webbing together over the canyon. Once it was up though, the fun was on. For those who couldn't walk slackline-style to the Space Net, a different sort of entry was required, shown in the photo below.

A climber rigging the The Double Spacenet BASE in Moab, Utah
Can’t slackline? This is how you get there © Cody Tuttle/Wingate Motion

The two Space Nets are strung together with a "dynamic highline," something rarely seen, even in the world of slacklining. It's a slackline with two moving anchors, which makes it even more challenging, as the movement of the line beneath your feet becomes even less predictable.

Adventurers relax on the The Double Spacenet BASE set up in Moab, Utah
It’s pretty airy, for a couch © Cody Tuttle/Wingate Motion

All together, the two Space Nets weigh around 200 pounds but they are able to support a crowd of over 15 people. Each of the seven "legs" of the Space Nets were monitored with dynometers to track the load, which peaked at 15Kn (that's Kilonewtons, converting to about 3,370 lbs. of force). How strong is it really? Strong enough that one guy decided to turn it into a big rope-swinging exit for a BASE jump — watch it again in the Instagram video below.

So where is the Space Net going next? As much as they'd like to rig it in space, they're not sure they'll get the appropriate permission from the International Space Station, so the team is setting its sights on 10,000-foot cliffs in Norway, or between buildings in Dubai. All we want to know is: how much does it cost for an entry ticket?

Andy Lewis is the creative force behind some of the world's best slackline projects. Find him on his website, and for constant slackline and BASE jump awesomeness, follow his Instagram.

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