October 19, 2017

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.

Ari is a professional athlete, author and filmmaker living in Bend Oregon. He and his wife organize adventure travel trips around the globe.

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