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Life on the Line


Over the past many years I’ve been fortunate enough to live a simple life of travel and balance, meeting amazing people along the way and accumulating a massive collection of video footage and photographs. I try my best to publish and share these documented moments with everyone but the reality is I mostly prefer spending my time outside creating new memories rather than sitting in front of a computer processing hours of footage and crunching away on long stints of editing. I like to think that in modern times I’ve found a delicate balance between these two experiences, which has allowed me to support a life of continuous adventure, but not too long ago I was only living out of my car devoted to the outdoors more than any other thing in life. Which brings me to my meeting with a friend named Jon Lang back in Oregon, whom a couple years ago approached me with an interest to edit some of my archival footage to use in a college assignment back at Oregon State University. We started hanging out together and began bouncing ideas back and forth about starting a production company and how we could go about getting a bit more professional with our documenting habits and obsession, but to summarize a long story short, we eventually went our separate ways as Jon was pursuing a career in the free skiing world and I moved out to Moab, Utah where my life became sculpted by the awesome community and sandstone cliffs that I now interact with everyday.

The video above is comprised of my collected archival footage from an expedition to Thailand with the Moab Monkeys, highlines in Joshua Tree/Moab/Yosemite, along with some additional video footage Jon compiled of the first annual Smith Rock Highline Gathering I organized and the many deep water solo lines I developed in central Oregon with the help of many rad friends. Looking back on all these memories always makes me smile and reminds me of the footprints I’ve left behind and gets me excited for the new adventures to come. There’s been so much progression in the sport of slacklining over the years that it’s obvious the passion and pursuit of balance will always see leaps and bounds as long as this passionate community continues to devote their lives to its obsession and progression. Jerry Miszewski has been a huge influence in the community, pushing the limits of length, endurance and innovation with the sport while Andy Lewis has been exposing the world to his ‘slacklife’ philosophy with his many crazy shenanigans, world traveling pursuits and awesome combination of parachute sports alongside a one inch piece of webbing. Both athletes are featured in this short video, alongside countless other individuals who have also spearheaded the progression of slacklining in so many other ways. Much of this footage has been locked away with my collection of hard drives and has yet to be seen by the public until now. So, sit back and enjoy this fast paced edit created by Jon himself.

In closing, I just want to say that it’s been an honor sharing these smiling moments of balance in nature with so many talented artists and I look forward to the new friendships and adventures that wait on the horizon. Until that next line is established or plane ticket purchased, slackers keep up the high life and stoke of balanced progression. The world really is watching and we’re just having a good ol’ time cultivating a happy life of smiles, vertical challenges and real adventure with our closest friends and heroes. What a time to be had!

~Brian Mosbaugh

Sahalie Falls Highline

“In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.” ~Deepak Chopra

About seven years back while living in Eugene, Oregon, I came across Sahalie Falls in the densely forested region of the Cascade Mountain range. This waterfall happens to be one of three consecutive falls close to one another along the McKenzie River, recognized as the tallest and perhaps most inspiring of the trio. As far back as I can remember, I’ve always had a deep fascination and respect for water and its unrelenting power. This incredible force is capable of carving out entire valleys and sculpting new mountain ranges in a way our modern technologies and destructive capabilities pale in comparison. The cascading water is large and in charge, constantly changing with the seasons depending on glacial melt and available runoff from the surrounding mountains. During my first visits to this destination I was neither a climber or slackliner, lacking the vision to see it as a beautiful highline destination for the future. Jump forward many years, after improving my skills as a highline rigger/developer, and I had a new approach and set of mental tools to complete this project with my slackline equipment in my backpack. The privilege of walking above such incredible forces is certainly an experience hard to forget, and it remains one of my favorite settings to highline amongst.

Sahalie Falls

Ethan Holt takes in the lush green forest of Oregon’s beautiful wilderness

With a constant mist of water being pushed upward due to an updraft of wind, and the violent noise of water crashing 100′ below the line, it can be a somewhat unnerving experience to harness the appropriate focus for walking in balance. At the time of rigging this line for the first time, with fellow slackliner Kurt Staheli, I was still very much a novice “learning the ropes” so to speak. Despite being somewhat of a beginner, Kurt and I were inspired and able to successfully rig the line to get the first full-man sends (walking in both directions) and using all natural anchors as our fixed points for the highline. Although natural anchors aren’t alway present when equipping a new line, it’s something I especially seek out and take a lot of pride in when not using the aid of bolts or a drill. This ethic and style of rigging is, and always has been, my preferred method of establishing new lines… Since the recording of this video I’ve returned with many groups of friends to share the unique experience of hovering over falling water. Everyone whose been a part of this adventure has always left with a smile and new appreciation for Sahalie Falls’ natural presence, so I consider the expedition a great success and thank all who have helped rig and walk this incredible line.

~Brian Mosbaugh

Max Sterling takes in the power of the falls

Max Sterling goes for some exposure just before diving into the falls

Sahalie Falls

Ethan Holt don’t need no hands to balance!

Ethan Holt keeping it calm and cool

Ethan Holt staying centered