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Record-Setting Walk
News Bytes 06/22/2021 21 Comments

Two brothers from San Francisco have set a new record. Their amazing feat is for the longest highline ever walked in both Yosemite National Park and in the state of California. But for these high-flying brothers, helping their friends succeed was the biggest thrill.

In the past decade, the sport of highlining has flourished. Highlining is high-altitude slacklining, a sport similar to tightrope walking. It involves walking along a narrow strip of strong nylon webbing—usually an inch wide and a few millimeters thick. The webbing (similar to thick seatbelt material) is strung between two anchor points and serves as a kind of balance beam. Only highly experienced persons should attempt slacklining!

“Completing a line” means carefully walking heel-toe from one end to the other while wearing a waist-harness linked to a three-inch steel ring around the webbing. If walkers fall, they remain attached. But they have to haul themselves back up . . . or shimmy back to an anchor point while dangling upside down.

Earlier this month, brothers Moises and Daniel Monterrubio and a group of friends spent nearly a week rigging a 2,800-foot slackline across a series of 1,600-foot gulleys in Yosemite’s Taft Point.

The Monterrubios had been thinking about crossing the Taft Point void for a year. “Every time we’d go out there, we’d think about that line,” Moises Monterrubio says.

The brothers have a reason for their daring hobby. They are training to be rope-access technicians. Electricians, engineers, and other professionals must often work in to hard-to-reach places—especially heights.

Over the course of six days earlier this month, the Monterrubios used the help of 18 friends and fellow highliners to navigate their webbing through and across the landscape. The riggers hiked lines up from the valley floor, rappelled down from the cliffs above, and maneuvered through countless tree branches. Their anchors were a set of granite boulders at Taft Point and an old, thick tree trunk at the other outcropping.

The longest highline walked in Yosemite had been a 954-footer extending from Taft Point to an anchor east. The new line was almost three times that length.

At sunset on June 10, the line was set, and the brothers were ready. Daniel walked the line first. He fell three or four times in the wind but made it across. Moises went next. He fell twice but caught himself on the line above the craggy landscape.

For four days afterward, the Monterrubios’ friends took turns on the line. Most of them fell as well.

The group received permission from national park staffers in advance. Still, Monterrubio says, “It was pretty intense and dangerous. But we made it happen.”

The pride of a highliner is to conquer a line without slipping off. Eventually, Moises walked the line in 37 minutes without a fall. So did fellow highliner Eugen Cepoi, Moises’ mentor.

Moises seems to take a “Rejoice with those who rejoice” (Romans 12:15) attitude about his success. “The most rewarding part was seeing all my friends at the anchor excited about just having it done,” he says. “I value that more than crossing.”

(Highliner Daniel Monterrubio walks the 2,800-foot-long line above Yosemite Valley in Yosemite, California, on June 12, 2021. Scott Oller/Scott Oller Films via AP)

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1st comment

Wow, what an amazing achievement!

2nd Comment

Wow that’s impressive (and a little scary)

3rd comment

i wanna do this it sounds AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!

also HEY hi im back, had

also HEY hi im back, had gradparents for like a week

@ Micah D

Yay! Welcome back!

Cool beans

Wow! That would be fun to do, but a smite scary too. The view looks beautiful!!
@ Micah hey, glad you're back! How were your grandparents?

That sounds terrifying. I can

That sounds terrifying. I can't imagine falling off even if you're still attached. Good for them though. They have to have guts to do that.

Wow!

This is so cool! I wonder how old they are. It says they are ""boys" but that could mean any age from 15-21 ( I am assuming these guys are not 12 XD)

@ Grace

Lol :D that would be funny though, "12 year old boys walking across Yosemite Park" what do these guys parents think of them doing this??

impressive

these guys have guts!!!!

impressive

these guys have guts!!!!

impressive

these guys have guts!!!!

impressive

these guys have guts!!!!

impressive

these guys have guts!!!!

sorry

sorry about that i thought the button wasnt working

Whadya call four bull

Whadya call four bull fighters in quick sand? Cuatro Sinco!

And yes, I'M back too.

And yes, I'M back too.

@ David

I didn't get it, but when I told my dad he thought it was funny. :D
Huh? You were gone? Didn't notice... Jk :)

@f

most mexican bull fighters are spanish speaking. Cuatro means four, sinco (thoughnotcorrect) means sinking(in this context).

i would never do no matter

i would never do no matter what

i would never do no matter

i would never do no matter what

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