By Michael Scott
This adventurer certainly is not slacking – as he has claimed the record for the world’s longest slackline.
Samuel Volery snatched the title by walking 1210 metres across a valley, beating the previous record by 190m.
The daring walk took him 74 minutes to complete, and he listened to music the entire way through.
Samuel, from Switzerland, completed his attempt in Malatya, Eastern Turkey, on May 14.
The 32-year-old slackline company owner said: “I walked the line on sight – meaning that I did it on my first try.
“I listened to music as I was going along, otherwise it would have become really boring.
“I was listening to Frank Turner, Franz Ferdinand, 3 Doors Down and 77 Bombay Street.
“For training, I had a 400m long line up for 18 months close to my home.
“I tried several times to walk this line back and forth without falling.
“I also spend between 10 and 15 hours a week on slacklines and bouldering and practicing handstands to get better body tension.”
It took a team of 10 people to rig the slackline across the mountain.
They spent two days fighting high winds to create two anchor points on the mountain and pull the line up.
Samuel said: “We nearly failed because of the wind and we were extremely happy when the line was up.
“After the walk there was a thunderstorm, and we were aware of the damage such a storm could cause to the gear.
“The highline was actually cut during storm by electrostatic loading.”