She is so hard to woo, mainly from her complete indifference to your desires. Expensive gifts won’t pave your way either. Remove your pride like they were your clothes and let your sight become vague. Forget about your lust. The more you want it, the less likely she is to give it to you. The Mistress will not be tamed. Your only chance is to dance with her for but a moment. Good luck. She is beautiful, but she’s a bitch.
Being a jester in the court of The King can prove to be dangerous and painful. Respect for the void is not in focus; the line takes all that. Seeing birds from above. Trees look like toys. The river is just a ribbon below. We take ourselves to these places and walk a wobbly rope in space, in attempts to appease his majesty. Hoping he allows you to leave alive. Staying humble in fear that The King might have to humble you himself. Dancing your best with dreams of The King letting you sit on the throne, if only for a moment.
Need I say more? It was really hard to walk in those shoes but looking like a boss was easy. Jonathon Chandler snapped this pic at sunset. Check his awesome photos at http://www.jonathonchandler.com/
I used to be a raft guide on the McKenzie River. If the trip went along as planned, we would pull off the highway and give our guests a moment to admire my favorite waterfall on the planet, Sahalie falls. She is a beautiful 92′ fall, crystal blue water cascading into a giant punchbowl. The entire river is lined with old-growth trees, moss on every inch of rock and countless types of beautiful mushrooms popping up through the soil. Guest’s minds were constantly blown. The flow over the waterfall is always huge. The class V rapids above the fall give the water great momentum and turns the fall into a projectile tongue, launching into space off the cliff. It is one of the most magical places on the planet. I’m lucky enough to have seen it a thousand times, never loosing admiration of its power. It was in 2011 that Brian Mosbaugh rigged a highline over the falls and created a short edit of the adventure. I saw it and instantly became hooked on the idea of walking over the fall. At the time, I wasn’t a highliner, not even close. But I still dreamt of being above the falls on a wobbly rope. A few years later, with new skills, friends and gear, I orchestrated a mission to rig and walk the Sahalie falls line. I had 9 of us driving west when rain and hail turned us around. Three days later, we tried again. The weather cooperated and I was able to turn a long-lived dream into memories that I will never forget. The photo above is a screen shot from Wes’s Wildlookout Red Scarlet of my friend Conner Bennett walking late in the afternoon. Below is the aerial video from Jared Leisek at XPro Heli. Keep dreaming my friends.
When I was at the highline festival at Smith, there was one line that was scarier than the rest. It was really loose, almost 100′ long and spanned a gap in the cliff that was at least 300′ above the sharp rocks below. I watched a few friends walk it and mustered the courage to tie in and slide out. I slid out five feet on the line and almost got vertigo from the amount of air under my feet. The line was so loose that it felt like I was sliding downhill away from the anchor. I was so far from being able to even think about standing up and walking this line. It was an eye opening experience. The line is called Free Your Mind, and thats exactly what you have to do to walk it. A month later I got the call from Joel that he had set his rig on FYM and invited us out to walk and film.I was nervous but excited to push my limits and set a new personal record. Can you Free Your Mind? After a long and tiring battle between my mind and the line, I did, and my life hasn’t been the same since! This video is myself, Eric Rasmussen and Joel Pinnock shredding high above Smith Rock on a beautiful evening. Wes once again shows how good he is at flying and editing. Enjoy.