Even Alexander Schulz had a hard time believing what he had just done. The German set a slacklining world record, walking across a one-inch slackline stretched the length of more than four football fields.
Schulz, 23, walked 375 meters (1,230.3 feet or 410.1 yards) between two limestone towers located in Yangshuo, a small town in the middle of jungle known for its numerous and strange mountain formations.
Barcroft TV tells the story:
Originally, Schulz, who was in China for a slackline event, was targeting a site that would allow him to slackline 350 meters to comfortably beat the world record of 305 meters set by Jerry Miszewski.
After three days of searching, Schulz and his team found an ideal spot they thought was about 350 meters. However, a laser measurement determined it was 375 meters and his hope of setting a world record was lost. He thought it was way too long.
But Schulz figured he might as well give it a try anyway. What the heck.
He fell and was caught by the safety line several times over the first few days before he was finally able to relax mentally, enough so to make it halfway across without falling.
"From the middle on, I had to concentrate on deep breath, slow walking, and being in the moment," he wrote on the One Inch Dreams website. "The most important thing was to get away from the fear of failure in order to be fully relaxed and able to react to the oscillation of the line after smaller mistakes. I thought: Even up to here it is a big success, if I fall now.
"The longer I was on the line, the harder it was to keep up the concentration. Twice I thought it’s just still so long, but I had to tell myself: I still got the chance to send this line, so let’s not miss it, and concentrate!"
Two-thirds into his walk, the wind came up and started heavily shaking the line. Still, Schulz persevered.
"Thirty meters before the end, the wind was gone, but the fear of failing so close to the goal came up instead," Schulz wrote.
Fortunately, he managed to hold the negative thoughts at bay and after 40 minutes of slackline walking, Schulz finally reached the end and grabbed the rock, letting out a loud scream of joy.
He looked at the camera and said, "What?" After a laugh and taking in the moment, he added, "Is this real? I don't know…
"I can't believe what has just happened."
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