October 19, 2017

Highlining is magnetic towards awesome people. They must rationalize frightening scenarios, and find peace and recreation in doing so. They seek out beautiful pieces of nature, where they can challenge themselves to no end. They love that goals are calculable and progress feels absolutely incredible. The mind is challenged even more than the body. It is sharpened when focus becomes so hard that your position, balancing on a tiny rope high above hard rocks, becomes irrelevant. There is only the line and the mind. Because of this, I have lots of new friends. One of them, Joel, gave me a call to invite me to come walk his rig at Earn Your Stripes. A mellow 40′ line around the Cocaine Gully at Smith Rock. It would be the perfect time to use the Xp2 and film some aerial video of my favorite new habit. I brought Wes and we scrambled up Aggro Gully with the heli on his back. The light was golden and we got some beautiful shots. The XpG brushless gimbal takes the footage to new levels. Wes is an amazing pilot. Great evening. 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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