Hayley Ashburn balances on a tightrope buffeted by winter winds


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/09/15/hayley-ashburn-balances-on-a-t.html


#2

Hard to take all that crap about fear seriously, considering that she’s actually tethered, and in no real danger.

I’d be more impressed if she was crossing this…


#3

Fear is the mind killer, but a 2800 meter drop is the body dasher.


#4

That’s a slackline, not a tightrope.

I’m disappointed that there was not credit/thanks/mention to Frank Herbert for writing the narration. Big boo on the people who put that video together for ripping off Herbert.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bene_Gesserit#Litany_against_fear

Edit to add the link.


#5

Maybe they edited it, but the credit is there now.


#6

I just watched it again both the embedded one and on vimeo. I don’t see the credit. I could be blind. What time does it come up at in the video?


#7

I don’t think I’ve cried over the Litany before. Maybe I’m just weepy today but that was amazing.


#8

Post some pics of your next exploit, slackline king.


#9

I’ll just put it this way. I’ve had more airplane take-offs than landings.


#10

Not the same game. You only have to step off once, then you’re done. No proximity to rocks, etc.


#11

It’s well enough known that they can’t expect anyone to think it’s their own original passage, so I don’t consider it “ripping off Herbert.” Like you don’t have to credit Jesus whenever you quote the Sermon On The Mount.


#12

“Blessed are the Plagiarists, for theirs is whatever the hell they say is theirs.”


#13

Ah. Not in the actual video, but underneath it on Vimeo.


#14

Which part of “she’s using a tether” did you not get? If she slips off, the worst she’d get is a wedgie from the harness. I’m not negating the considerable skill she’s showing, but the whole “fear” thing comes off a false, once you realize she the threat of falling and hitting anything is virtually zero.

Just FYI, there are around 20 skydiving deaths a year. Last slackline death I can recall, was caused when a mountain biker hit a chest-high slackline set up by some college students in Utah. Oh, and slackliner Dean Potter died last year - from basejumping.


#15

I understand the tether completely, and I didn’t need you to point it out. I was talking about the psychological difference between pitching yourself out of a plane and walking on a shaky line. Whatever though dude. more power to your ego.


#16

I never intended to make this discussion personal. You did that with your snotty “Post some pics of your next exploit, slackline king” comment.


#17

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