4,000 Feet Above the Earth, 2 Moving Hot Air Balloons with 1 Highline Sans Leash
Looking back at this incredible year of smiles and adventure, I have a moment of pause to reminisce about the wonderful fruition of many outdoor projects and the unfortunate demise of others. I’m reminded of how much life can turn on a dime and lead us in new wonderful directions when we least expect them to. As one door closes inevitably others will open, and this spontaneity of opportunities always makes me excited for the unexpected paths ahead. Out here in the crisp cool conditions of Moab’s fine desert, the Moab Monkeys have been raging hard and taking advantage of the incredible weather as the winter season slowly approaches. This is about the time I start making plans for travel to chase the endless summer, and this year it’s looking like Southeast Asia is calling, but in this brief moment I sip my coffee outside and look back at this incredible hot air balloon highline stunt which my friends and I pulled off under the radar outside Las Vegas. I recently realized I never published the 3 part series which covers the full story and build up to success, which Cody Tuttle and myself filmed and edited together, so without further ado here it is ladies and gentlemen…
Inspired by the incredible video produced by Seb Montaz and the “Skyliners,“ who made the first, but unsuccessful attempts, to walk the highest slackline between two moving hot air balloons in Spain, the Moab Monkeys along with Andy Lewis were psyched to give this challenge a go. This project was an incredible feat to tackle and through their initial exploratory efforts we were able to repeat it with some rigging modifications to make the highline a little more manageable to walk. The whole story of how this all came to be, how in 24 hours 24 different professionals were assembled in Las Vegas to attempt this stunt is an incredible tale to tell. In essence, we quickly organized our own team of world-class wingsuit pilots, BASE jumpers, highliners, Las Vegas balloon pilots, aerial performers, riggers and cameramen to give this experience a shot and it was executed with perfection. The end result was an awesome success of epic gravity sport shenanigans with an aerial Cirque du Soleil show high above the desert floor. Cody Tuttle and myself edited and released a short trailer of what happened on February 18th, 2014 but before you is the full 3 part series that tells the story in its complete form.