Amazing Life Offbeat

By Federico Cornetto and Mike Jones

 

A daredevil smashed the world record for the highest urban highline crossed, even finding time to perform yoga above the city.

On September 7, German slackliner Friedrich Kühne and six other people completed the Guinness World Record for the highest urban highline ever walked, by trailing across a 349-metre-high rope tied between two skyscrapers in Moscow, Russia.

Friedrich interviewed himself with a selfie stick and practised yoga as he hung in the air between the OKO Tower, the second tallest building in Europe, and the Neva Towers, still under construction and set to become the tallest buildings in the continent.

Friedrich said: “I don’t normally film myself with a selfie stick while I am on a rope, but on this one I couldn’t help myself.

“I wanted to capture some of the incredible exposure that I felt while I was walking on the highest line that has ever been walked between two buildings.

“It was an experience that I wouldn’t have been able to properly describe with words.”

The previous record for the highest urban highlining is held by German slackliner Alexander Schulz, who walked at 246 metres over Mexico City in 2016.

This year, seven athletes from Russia, Germany, France and Canada walked the 245-metre-long and 349-metre-high line – 30 metres higher than The Shard in London – to beat Alexander’s record.

Russian photographer Sergey Shakuto, who captured some stunning snapshots of the daredevils balancing on the rope, said: “It was an almost impossible event, because in Russia it is incredibly difficult to get permissions for this.

“I managed to do it in one day with a drone and I was not afraid to take dangerous positions making my pictures so unique.”

While speaking to the camera on the rope, Friedrich Kühne said: “I am extremely grateful and happy that I can get on this line, thanks to the amazing Slackline Tribe Moscow, who have worked hard to get the permissions for this.

“I cannot help but be reminded of Man on Wire, the documentary about Philippe Petit, who walked a wire between the World Trade Center.”