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Extreme Highliners Weave a Massive Web Between Mountains

BASE jumpers and slackliners worked together to weave a 2000-square-foot web over the rocky Utah desert.

by Beckett Mufson
Dec 5 2014, 7:30pm

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If famed daredevil Evel Knievel traded in his motorcycle for a specialized kind of slackline walking called highlining, he might have taken part in something like Mothership Space Net Penthouse, a five-sided web of ropes that a team of BASE jumpers and highliners suspended between the rust-colored rock formations of Moab, Utah.

Masterminded by Andy Lewis and the extreme highlining/rock climbing/BASE jumping group, the Moab Monkeys, the Mothership Space Net Penthouse spanned over 200' on each of its five sides, and towered 400' above the ground, for a total of 2000 ft2 of high-flying real estate. Over 50 jumpers and rope walkers who converged on the Moab rock formations for two annual Thankgiving celebrations worked together to complete the intricate installation process, connecting slacklines across the mountains and weaving the central net over the course of three days.

The two celebrations, the Turkey BASE Boogie and the G.G.B.Y. highline gathering, normally converge on Moab to enjoy the rocky landscape through their respective extreme sports. This year, the two groups channeled their collective energies into the death-defying Penthouse. Apparently, the collaboration was great for both sides: highliners could walk from mountain to mountain over the net's sprawling support ropes, and BASE jumpers could slip through a hole in the web's epicenter to get a never-been-jumped-before diving experience.

Check out some snapshots from the extreme weaving experience below:

h/t Slackline Media via r/pics

Visit the Moab Monkeys' Facebook page here to see more pictures of their extreme sporting stunts.

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