Offbeat Video

By Ellie Duncombe


This breath-taking drone footage captures extreme athletes performing gymnastics on a highline between two ice falls.

Perched 170 metres above the ground in a secret location near Grenoble, France, Lukas Irmler and Pablo Signoret do some Alpine acrobatics in February 2018.

Pic by Julien Ferrandez/Caters News

Dressed in red and yellow, German athlete Lukas precariously moves on to his shoulder and, supported by just the slackline, moves into a handstand with his legs split.

Braving temperatures of -15°C, Lukas and Frenchman Pablo traverse the 430m long line, even stopping to have a lie down at some points.

Pierre Chauffor, who filmed the stunt, said: “We’ve been so happy that we did it, it was a dream that came a reality.

“For Pablo and Lukas, it was incredible.

“The venue is awesome, and this crazy idea motivated them a lot.

Pic by Julien Ferrandez/Caters News

“Usually, a highline is on top of everything.

“But here, it was attached in the middle of a gigantic ice waterfall.

“So, it makes you feel even smaller than what you’re used to while being in such places.”

Organised by Pierre and his business partner Julien Ferrandez, from Ubac Media, it took several days for the team to set everything up, hiking with gear weighing 200kg and even digging an igloo to sleep inside at night.

Having checked the spot out many times previously, they stayed there for four days setting up the line and waiting for perfect conditions.

Pic by Pierre Chauffour/Caters News

The seven-person-strong team – including Pablo who holds the world record for longest highline – started to plan the project three years ago.

Julien said: “But as they said us it was one of the most challenging highline they rigged.

“With the cold, the alpine access, all the snow.

“Yes, they had to ice climb to access the line, which is not usual nor easy.

Pic by Julien Ferrandez/Caters News

“There was a risk that the ice melt, but as it was -15°C, it was ok.

“We did everything necessary to make it with no risks.

“We don’t like to play with our lives, we do it as safe as possible, and if we feel that it’s not safe enough for us, we don’t so it.”