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areyoumydude


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Shawn set up two highlines at the PBB last weekend. A 75 footer and a 94 footer. Shawn walks a highline or should I say works a highline like it is 3' off the ground. he was surfing and busting air. Major props. Josh Cross also walked both lines. Peace


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haha, sounds awesome! :D Gonna have to meet up with some of you experienced slackers sometime and learn a thing or two. :)


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Yeah, Shawn talks the talk, and walks the walk. Sorry I missed you guys at the PBB. Sounds like it was rad. Shawn, Keep it up!


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A minor correction to what areyoumydude had to say,one line was 74' the other 95'. The rest is true. A couple of other people walked the 74 footer including Dylan Buffington.
Shawn put on an awesome show including getting air on the 95 footer. He got air then came down on the line to catch air a second time, on the second landing he jumped off and took an intentional leash fall, bouncing and swing, I'm sure he was rushing.....we all were. Thanks Shawn, it was fun just to watch.


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you know what's stupid? slacklining! hahahahha


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Metolius Shawn shocked us all with his advanced highline abilities, his skill at rigging and walking them was unmatched. I look forward to seeing what he achieves in the future... :shock: Yikes!

Stay out of jail Shawn...and KEEP ON SLACKIN'


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Right on Shawn. Keep it up and come out to Moab. I've got plenty of ideas for highlines.


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Shawn,
Jumping on highlines, dang man! Thats pretty dang sick...gives me something to aspire and eventually work up to. I got your crazy leg down good tho!


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you know what's stupid? slacklining! hahahahha

Congradulations. For that asinine, stupid, worthless comment, you can take some time off from posting time-wasting crap. It's posts like yours that drive people like Gill, Long, Jody, Mike, etc away; go climb and actually learn something about this sport. It'll do you some good. Or, read up about it on the site. But don't post until you really have something good to say. 8^)


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My reasons for posting that were not just for that post alone, but that all 28 of his posts on "littlebillie" have been literal crap, and almost all of his 29 posts on his other username (littlebilly) have also been completely worthless.

Great job at the competition Shawn! I wasn't there, but going off of what I'm hearing you were a hit! :)


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Shawn, it was good to party with you at the PBB. You were inspiring on the line and in conversation. Keep your head as high as your feet. SuS


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Hey Shawn, You kick ass man! I hope you got my phone number i gave to your buddy Seth. Thanks for the Rigging again, you know iam always appreciative! Call me this summer if your headed up north, ill be there for a few months! Peace my Brother!-Jereme


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Supposedly this guy did prison time for slacklining in Joshua Tree. :shock: Anyone know anything about this?


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http://morffed.com/images/2004/aatop05.jpg


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all i know is i saw him walk a 40 or so foot lowline (about 5 feet off the ground, over a gravel parking lot...not soft grass by any stretch) blindfolded. aside from the blindfold, you wouldn't know he couldn't see until he came off, and didn't know where the ground was.

shawn=the man.


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Yeah, veganjosh, later that morning he free soloed the 35 foot birthday gap highline, Larry has it on tape.
When I was in Josh Tree at Xmas, i videod Shawn free soloing the climbing route, "bird on a wire", on the lost horse wall.


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Yeah, veganjosh, later that morning he free soloed the 35 foot birthday gap highline, Larry has it on tape.

i saw the vid later that night back at larry's. it was freakin amazing. spooky with how the grainy nature of the camera's low res made the thing look, not to mention the ballsy freakin solo of the damn line.


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Josh, are you going to red rocks this year, looks like alot of our Moab crowd will be there?


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Josh, are you going to red rocks this year, looks like alot of our Moab crowd will be there?

moeglich. wann ist das?


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I will tell you who Metolius Shawn is!
His real name is Shawn Snyder, and he is one of the worlds best Highliners, with out a doubt!
Scott first walked the the Lost Arrow Spire, But it was Darrin Carter that assumed the crown! Then Darrin gave some skinny kid he met in Hidden Valley camp ground, a slackline lesson. And with that Dean Potter took it from there. Shawn learned early on from Dean.
And since then has done more to further sport of highline over the years then anyone that I know of!
He has had some probelms along the way, his temper can be quick, and he has problems with athority. Do you see a patern here?
But the Shawn that I have come to know over the years, is trust worthy, brutaitly honest, and when he is on, more fun to be around then anyone else I have ever met!
I have enjoyed the opportunity to road trip with Shawn on many an occation, so believe me I know of what I speak!
No one is more commited to the dirt bag climber life style than Shawn, and few have been on the circuit longer!
I could fill this forum with Shawn stories. But that will have to wait until my memoirs!
What is important is that if you kids, that happen to run into Shawn in Josh or anywhere else for that matter, be respectful, because you are in the company of a Hall of Fame Highliner.
In parting, I will leave you with one recent Shawn Story.
When I first started corresponding with Corbin years ago, He was always asking me about Shawn. I knew that Corbin wanted to Highline with Shawn, I did my best to set it up. But three days before we showed up in Josh, the Tool hauled his ass out of Hidden Valley to the big house!
Then this year just before Thanksgiving. Corbin calls and says he is in Josh. I gave him the best number I have to contact Shawn. But Corbin doesn't make the call!
The next day Corbin and his firends are out in the Wonderland doing some climb, and as they top out, they see this highline being pulled up between the Astro Domes off in the distance!
So Corbin, Raps off, and walks over to, as he phrased it "Dan the Morman, and Ex Con Shawn rigging" a hundred and forty foot highline!
So the Young Dawg intorduces himself, and asks for chance to walk their line. They replie sure! "You can go first!"
After a whipper, the Young Dawg smoked their line!!!!!
Man I wish I could have been there to see the look on Shawn's face when
this seventeen year old shows up, and promptly smokes his hundred and forty footer, before he does! I am absolutly positive it was a grin from ear to ear! Because no one cares more about the proliferation of highline more than Shawn!
Well I'm not sure if that was a Corbin story or a Shawn story, but I have been dying to tell it!
And Please, if You Have The Opportunity to Hang With Shawn, You Are Truly Blessed!! Give Him The Love and Respect that you would to a Legend in his own time!
Shawn is still my firend, and I will continue to love him unconditionally no matter what!!!!
Unc


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And CC once again great pic!


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Unc is perfectly on target. Shawn and I could not be more different. He is a rad highliner to the highest degree, and a fearless climber, often free soloing climbs. I am a race car engineer/driver, who slacklined but hadn't highlined, and i got into slackline completely separate from climbing. In fact, as unc likes to put it, I had never climbed anything taller than myself.
I have been so busy with other pursuits, i never even had experienced the dirtbag lifestyle before.
Obviously Shawn and I come from different worlds. And somehow by the 2nd day we ever hung out together, and ever since, we have been good friends. Occasionally Shawn gets a bit defensive of his place in highlining history, and probably for good reason. The way it seems to me, the sport has grown exponentially lately, and now sponsors and businesses are coming into the sport, and those things will change it. Shawn may have a fear that the pure, early, uncrowded days of highlining are gone, but i don't think so. I think with money to travel, highlining can and will be taken to many more new places, never walked before, than there are established highlines. I think with the right small, motivated group,we will regain the "out there", "by ourselves", origins of highlining.
Shawn is a little more cynical about change and growth than most of us, but that stems from his unwaivering devotion to the dirtbag lifestyle.
I had heard some bad things about Shawn before I met him, and if those things were ever true of him, he has certainly changed. He has a motivation to do good, a need to only take when he is able to give in return, and he has accepted the presence of all these new highliners and slackliners, even non-climbers like me, with a pretty good attitude.
He has shared rigging techniques and highline walking techniques with a small community of us, and his experience and knowledge has proved invaluable to many of us in our own pursuits.
I am happy to call him a friend, and despite his hardcore activities which lead to a perceived hardcore attitude, he has enabled a friendship with me, perhaps the least hardcore climber around.
Shawn was an original member of the "highwalkers" which was he, Braden and Darrin Carter trying to get a highline thing going, back in the day. It never took off, and those guys have mostly been separated for the last several years. As a nod to our past, and with mad respect for the skills of those 3 guys, I have invited any and all members of the original "highwalkers" to join or hang out with the Gravity Highline Team. Shawn is interested in being affiliated with our group, and to Darrin and Braden, I extend an open invite to join us anywhere, anytime.
I know without the efforts of guys like them, Dean Potter, Timmy O'Neal, Adam Grolkowski, Scott Balcom, Chongo and others there would be no place in this world for the Gravity Highline Team. Thanks for bringing our sport to the level it currently enjoys. Shawn will be with our highline team in Red Rocks this year, maybe Braden or Darrin will show up someday too.


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thats my brother shawn snyder that everyone talks about. he is so great @ doing slacklining. he showed me how but i still need work lol

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