Vertigo At Victoria Falls: Balancing On a 328ft-High Slackline Beside the World’s Mightiest Wall of Water


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Image: Jacques Marais / planettalk

Imagine trying to balance on a stretch of nylon webbing that’s just an inch in width. Now imagine walking 298 feet across said webbing, suspended above a 328-foot drop in front of the biggest screen of tumbling water on the planet. For many, it might sound like the stuff of nightmares, but for a couple of Europeans, such a challenge was their dream – and a dream that was realized in remarkable fashion in 2014.

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Image: Jacques Marais / planettalk

Step – or perhaps edge – forward those men in question: Lukas Irmler, a 26-year-old artist and professional sportsperson from Germany, and Reinhard Kleindl, a 34-year-old Austrian writer and athlete. The pair share a passion for slacklining, which is a balancing discipline dissimilar to tightrope walking in two important ways. Slacklining utilizes flattened webbing rather than a strong metal rope; plus, the webbing is far more flexible and simpler to manipulate to a preferred tension level.

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