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stuck


Aug 25, 2003, 11:49 AM
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This is for highliners like therealbovine and Ammon:

What do people normally use for highline anchors in different instances? Could you give me some examples? How about the Indian cave gap, the lost arrow spire?

I'm not trying to set up a highline, I'm just curious as to what is needed to withstand the force of a line that tight.

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therealbovine


Aug 26, 2003, 8:05 PM
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MIsha

ththeirseally no perfect answer to your question. Highlining is done by so few people (rigged by few) and is always rigged differently. Ex: The Lost Arrow itself is equiped with bollts that were placed by climbers which makes this end of the line pretty straight forward to rig. Always back everything up. I've seen highlines rigged with climbing gear, trees, telephone poles, vehicles and concrete columns. It seems like most people stray away from questions about highlines because they are scared people are going to get hurt. Well, no one has died yet. My thought on the anchor is redundancy and protect the line and anchor slings from abrasion. Rigging should be done by very experienced persons only, and double and tripple checked by all who walk the line. Good Luck!


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Sep 10, 2003, 8:55 PM
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That's a pretty good answer, Sean.

Most of the popular highlines have at least four bomber points to anchor (bolts are common). In most cases they're bolts on one side and natural protection on the other.

The Lost Arrow Spire used to be anchored to a flake on the rim side... but now has bolts to back up to.

I personally would never rig a line that has less than three bomber points. Marginal anchors is totaly worthless in highline rigging.

Some people rig to a rocking boulder for the Chongo Gap in JTree. I don't think that's very safe. It would only take a few times for the boulder to rock onto the anchor point before it chews its way through.

Pad your edges VERY carefully. Remember how easy it is to cut a tensioned piece of rope with a knife.... the same goes to a tensioned slackline and a sharp/dull edge of rock.

Good luck... and walk safe.

Cheers, Ammon


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