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Monkeys in Brazil Part 2: Hot and Sweaty Immersion

Finishing up the second week of our expedition in Brazil, the Moab Monkeys continue to rage in the jungles and high above Rio de Janeiro in new locations. Sun exposure, heat exhaustion and high humidity have brought on a different set of challenges during these missions, but luckily rest days have offered enough shade and beach lounging at Itacoatiara and the classic waterline of Pedra da Baleia. Our migration from the heart of Rio’s city to the surf town of Niteroi has opened our travel experience to a thriving community of psyched Brazilian slackliners, who represent some of the best trickliners in the world. Through our collaborative efforts we’ve established a new 45 meter highline (“Sol Opressor”), repeated an old 47 meter project (“Tartaruga Sinistra” currently the longest highline in Brazil) and spent many days tricklining and longlining into the sunset on the beach. Thanks so much to the Brazilian monkeys, Catraquis Crew and everyone else who has offered their hospitable love and support along the way.

 

~Brian Mosbaugh

Project 365 with SkySight

 

Above is a brief trailer of some local Moab BASE jumping and highline footage compiled between Slackline MediaMoab Monkeys and the epic SkySight team for a SONY advertisement. The Monkey team has been working with this professional group to capture some of the most breathe taking and inspiring extreme sports aerial perspectives. I’m excited to be surrounding myself and working with such motivated and talented individuals in life. Every person has contributed something special to this project and I very much look forward to the adventures to come from all our hard work and raging in the cold. As history tends to repeat itself, the continuing cycle of adventure is guaranteed to mature into the next step of what is shaping up to be an amazing year so far!

 

For more information concerning SkySight and the awesome work they’ve been producing, check out the links listed below. Make sure to “Like” their pages and follow up on continuing projects as they capture life from new unparalleled aerial perspectives never before seen!

To Check out more of what the Moab Monkeys of extreme athletes are up to around the world, subscribe to our new EpicTV channel under Moab Monkeys and stay up to date with our adventures on Facebook.

~Brian Mosbaugh

Monkeys in Brazil Part 1: Of Spirits and Gravity

The Moab Monkeys have officially launched the first video edit from our adventures in Brazil and it’s scheduled to be one of many more coming your way! Scott Rogers and I are excited to be extensively documenting this experience so that the rest of you can hopefully be inspired by our adventures and give some support to our monkey missions by watching, subscribing and sharing the YouTube channel. In the first week of our highlining and BASE jumping expedition in the southern hemisphere, we’ve been raging around with the awesome locals here and completing many adventurous pursuits. Amongst them, we repeated the Classic Gavea Stone highline, which was established by wingsuit/BASE jumping professional Hugo Langel Van Erven in 2006. We also opened a new highline atop the Four Summits above the city. The line was entitled “Brazilian BBQ” in the end and was successfully rigged and walked in a loose fashion due to the fragile anchors we had to utilize. This line was positioned in a beautiful location with the city of Rio de Janeiro in the backdrop and the beautiful salty ocean alongside it. The statue of Jesus could also be seen from the line in addition to other famous landmarks such as the Sugarloaf and other noteworthy natural and urban features. More ideal anchors would have of course been preferred, but when adventure rigging in the hot and humid jungle by steep rocky cliffs, beggars can’t be choosers. You ultimately take what Mother Nature gives you and hope for the best, backing up all your anchor points as best you can.

 

In addition to all the balanced feats accomplished so far, such as the waterline near Favela da Vidigal and highlines on Pedra da Gavea, Scott Rogers and Hugo have been BASE jumping from various points atop the 2,800 foot tall granite monolith almost everyday. This trip so far has been action packed and the Moab Monkeys are proudly raging hard! Watch the video to get a better idea about what we’re doing down south and the creative pursuits we’ve been pursuing. I hope you enjoy the short film, please subscribe to us at Moab Monkeys on Facebook for progressive updates on the trip and of course to our YouTube channel which is sure to flourish as missions get bigger and Brazil gets hotter.

~Brian Mosbaugh

Aerial Adventure Perspectives

 

 

Since 2013 has rolled around, outside temperatures in Moab, UT haven’t been above freezing for very long… In fact, they’ve been hovering in the teens mostly and dropping as far as -15 degrees Fahrenheit at night! When it comes to the winter, and cold climate in general, I typically scare away running south to environments resembling summer and pretend the planet doesn’t tilt on its axis in a balanced way. This year, however, has brought on new changes and challenges and I’m finally starting to embrace, if not tolerate, these very cold conditions. My camera batteries are in revolt from the decision but remain relatively cooperative, allowing for some incredible feats to be captured with a little extra charging. One might assume I would take up a winter sport now and finally enjoy the mountains on skis or a snowboard, however, my passion continues leading me on a path of highlining, rigging and adventure filming/photography in this beautiful space of unlimited desert adventure. Since returning from Joshua Tree during the holidays, I left beautiful Utah in its typical glory of red cliffs and warm temperatures only to return to a different, yet subtly familiar landscape, which maintains a lingering layer of white and has given me a new appreciation for indoor heating.

Scott Rogers sending Mario during sub-zero temperatures in Moab, UT.

Scott Rogers sending Mario during sub-zero temperatures in Moab, UT.

The weeks have “flown” by as one project has led into the other, all of which have been full of new learning experiences and opportunities to meet amazingly talented people with a similar drive to document adventure sports on the cutting edge. Above is a brief trailer of footage compiled between Slacklinemedia.com, Monkey Den Media and the epic SkySightRC team which we’ve been working with to capture some breathe taking and inspiring highlining/B.A.S.E. jumping footage. I’m so excited to be surrounding myself and working with such motivated and talented individuals. Every person has contributed somethings special to this project and I very much look forward to the adventures to come from all our hard work and raging in the cold. As history tends to repeat itself, the continuing cycle of adventure is guaranteed to mature into the next step of what is shaping up to be an amazing year so far!

Scott Rogers sending Mario during sub-zero temperatures in Moab, UT.

Scott Rogers sending Mario during sub-zero temperatures in Moab, UT.

For more information concerning SkySightRC and the awesome work they’ve been doing, check out the links listed below. Make sure to “Like” their pages and follow up on continuing projects as they capture life from new unparalleled aerial perspectives never before seen!

To Check out what the extreme athletes of Moab Monkeys are up to around the world, subscribe to our new YouTube channel and stay up to date with our adventures on Facebook.

Daniel Moore getting his BASE on at the infamous Tombstone formation.

Daniel Moore getting his BASE on at the infamous Tombstone formation.

Daniel Moore getting his BASE on at the infamous Tombstone formation.

Daniel Moore getting his BASE on at the infamous Tombstone formation.

Daniel Moore getting his BASE on at the infamous Tombstone formation.

Daniel Moore getting his BASE on at the infamous Tombstone formation.

Ancient Artwork of a balanced kind

Ancient Artwork of a balanced kind

Snow capped Moab landscape

Snow capped Moab landscape

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

A Dream Manifested

Photo by Tyler Roemer

“What is it that confers the noblest delight? What is that which swells a man’s breast with pride above that which any experience can bring to him? Discovery! To know that you are walking where none others have walked; that you are beholding what human eye has not seen before; that you are breathing a virgin atmosphere. To give birth to an idea — to discover a great thought — an intellectual nugget, right under the dust of a field that many a brain-plow had gone over before… To be the first — that is the idea. To do something, say something before anybody else — these are the things that confer a pleasure compared with which other pleasures are tame and commonplace… These are the men who have really lived — who have actually comprehended what pleasure is — who have crowded long lifetimes of ecstasy into a single moment.”    ~Mark Twain

The day seemingly started like all others, nothing drastically different from the rest, aside from the lingering anxiety and excitement from the previous nights sleep. Escaping from my tent into the crisp Fall morning air I realized today was THE day, the highline was finally rigged and awaiting its first crossing… This feeling of mixed emotions, of both elation toward the prospect of success and the stress of confronting a deep challenge, is something I often struggle with when a big line is rigged and the showdown is moments away. “The Kingline” of Smith Rock State Park has, in short, been on my life’s “to do list” ever since I started climbing at Smith 5 years ago. As I saw the obvious rock features towering above the climbing mecca I knew my destiny had been sealed. Ever since that day I had envisioned the two points in space connected with an imaginary line with every passing day I entered the park, it was quite literally staring me down and haunting my dreams. Rising up 500′ above the Crooked River, which snakes its way around the sculpted volcanic rock of Smith, the gap appeared to initially be about 200′ apart but was later discovered to be around 180′ instead. This distance was certainly going to be a revealing test of my balance, mind and willpower to stay centered and on the line throughout. Would I stand the pressure or fall from fear of success or failure? The day had not fully started and I knew the answers weren’t far away…

Photo by Patrick O’Neill

In the end, it was on my third day of battling The Kingline that success was met and a dream was fulfilled. The feelings I have surrounding this drama are of pure happiness and a complimenting sense of relief. The first walk had gone just as I had imagined, a lot of struggle leading up to a sense of calm completion. After a couple days of walking to, and beyond, the half way point I knew it was possible to finish. This realization always entails two conflicting emotions which I patiently try to juggle with in pursuit of success. It allows me to understand that I am able to meet my challenges head on with hard work but simultaneously brings me out of the momentary focus of being in the moment and not anticipating the outcome of my efforts. With every attempt on the line I had to pull myself from the excitement of finishing the walk until I was back on firm rock ground atop the opposite tower. The struggle to stay calm minded, detached from expectation, and steady with each step is often in contrast to the invading commentary of the minds filtering monologue. Your mind knows you can walk the line but somehow convincing your body to do so is always a delayed experience. There is often an indescribable gap between the visualization of success and the actual achievement of it that has to be gently coerced into manifestation. I’ve come to know these penetrating voices in my mind as “the committee,” where I imagine the many personalities of myself bickering back and forth around a table, incessantly talking when silence is all that is needed. Each voice tries to dominate above the rest and all that comes from this is distraction. The real challenge in staying continually focused on the line involves mastering the ability to silence the ranting noises and staying in the moment of the present uninterrupted. This is the technique I have learned to push past my limits, fears and anxieties in all walks of life. To embrace the present and bask in its ever changing potential for new experiences.

Photo by Patrick O’Neill

The reflections I’m now left with at Smith Rock are a combination of amazement and psyche for the future projects ahead. After devoting a great deal of energy, money and time to the development of the present 19 highlines in the park I feel as though I can finally leave with a clear and happy conscience. My journeys now lead me and Ethan Holt toward Moab, Utah to revisit old friends and many gaps in space above the majestic red sandstone of this beautiful country. What will manifest from here on is yet to be determined, but big goals await completion and new terrain remains unexplored in South America! The appetite is hungry for more adventure as I remember to live in the moment, be patient with my dreams and be thankful for those which have been met and conquered. I have now walked The Kingline full-man (in both directions) and have witnessed many friends giving their best on its beastly length. Without the help of Ethan Holt, Christian Krr and many others this line would not have been possible to realize.  I acknowledge and am incredibly thankful for the help and encouragement of friends and family around me who have led up to this exceptional experience. Without the team effort we are nothing, so onward and upward we will go.

~Brian Mosbaugh

Here’s an epic short clip, captured by Nick Braun, of my walks on The Kingline. This cinematic experience is brought to you by the local central Oregon company LineCam, a new and revolutionary filming technology destined toward a great future. Click HERE to explore news and other short films captured from this up and coming cinematic style. Please explore their website and make sure to show support by clicking the LIKE button on Facebook.

Also, you can follow the adventures and photographic work of Tyler Roemer by clicking HERE