Slacklining is not for the faint-hearted, especially when it involves walking between the top of two buildings which are taller than the Eiffel Tower.
However that's what seven daredevils have done, setting a new record for the highest urban highline walk with harness (ISA-verified) by walking across a line 350 m (1,148 ft) above Moscow.
For those who aren’t familiar with the term slacklining, it is the act of walking or balancing along a suspended length of flat webbing that is tensioned between two anchors, similar to tightrope walking. The ISA stands for the International Slackline Association, a federation which helps support local groups.
The event organised by Anna Vlasova of Slackline Tribe (Russia) and the Moscow Seasons Festival took place on the 873rd anniversary of the founding of Russia’s capital city with athletes from all over the world attempt the record, including Russia, Germany, France and Canada.
The slackline located across Moscow’s business district stretched 216 m (708 ft) long between the OKO Tower, the second tallest building in Europe, and the Neva Tower, which is still under construction but is set to become the tallest building in the continent.
The seven athletes smashed the previous record, which was held by German slackline athlete, Alexander Schulz who walked 217 m (712 ft) along a slackline located 247 m (810 ft) above Mexico City in 2016.
One of the daredevil athletes who completed the record even performed yoga moves on the slackline while he hung between the two Moscow skyscrapers.
The seven slackliners who achieved the record are:
- Murzaev Vladimir (Russia)
- Nathan Pauling (France)
- Mia Noblet (Canada)
- Friedi Kuhne (Germany)
- Skripko Gennagy (Russia)
- Gribanov Alexander (Russia)
- Kagin Maxim (Russia)