Larger than Life Highline “Leviathan”
“This is one of the most exposed highlines in the world! Smack dab in the middle of Moab, Utah’s amazing Fisher Towers both Echo and Cottontail Tower have beckoned to be highlined for years. Both rock features are 800′ tall and poised with an obviously perfect highline gap between them. The only problem when confronting this type of project was that it appeared too massive at first, giving it more than a dream like thought; ‘Wouldn’t that be a sick highline?’ Despite the odds and difficulty I headed the battle to establish highlines throughout the Fisher Tower range with a few local monkeys living in Moab. Since January of 2012, every major tower in the Fisher’s area had a highline with the exception of Echo and Cottontail. The Titan- ” Test of Fate” (35′ long, 600′ high) established in October of 2011 with the F/A team- Hayley Ashburn and Andy Lewis. Ancient Art- “Artistic Expression” (50′ long, 400′ high) established in October of 2011 by F/A team- Andy Lewis, Scott Rogers and Flo Hansen. The Cobra- ” It Had To Be Snakes” (50′ long, 50′ high) established November of 2011 by F/A team- Andy Lewis, Jan Galek, Scott Rogers, Jordan Tybon, Faith Dickey, Jeremy Louis, and Braden Mayfield. The King Fisher- “The Erotic Narcotic” (90′ long, 300′ high) established December of 2011 by F/A team- Andy Lewis, Jan Galek, Scott Rogers, Jordan Tybon, Faith Dickey, and Hayley Ashburn. Last of all there’s The Minotaur- “Cow Boy Style” (30′ long, 300′ high) established January of 2012 by F/A team- Ryan Matson, Andy Lewis, Hayley Ashburn, and Scott Rogers.
Echo/Cottontail tower was a different project entirely. It had a longer and harder climbing approach than all the other projects; consisting of 14 pitches of c2- c3 aid climbing. It also had a significantly longer gap in comparison with all the other projects, which we didn’t know initially but estimated it to be over 200′ long. In awe we usually just passed by the towers on our way to another project, but when April of 2012 came around we charged it! The entire project took all the energy everyone could muster. The entire team consisted of more than 7 people but Scott Rogers, Hayley Ashburn, and I were the main riggers involved. Just to climb, haul, and fix ropes up to the summits of both towers took a solid week of hard effort to establish. Even after arriving at the summits we realized that the smaller of the two highlines was 70 meters (~225′) long. The bigger span also being about 85 meters (~280′) long!! Over the entire month of April in 2012, and with the help of many friends, I was able to session and send both lines! I ascended the height of more than 7 El Caps combined (i.e. 20+ summits), rigged more than 2,000′ of rope, and opened/jumped 5 new B.A.S.E. exits from the summits of Echo and Cottontail. Without the help of Alpha Mike, Ryan Matson, Eric Odenthal, Brent and Canyon Cain, Mario Richard, Hayley Ashburn, Scott Rogers and many different photographers and filmers I never would have had this chance, and I never would have gotten to film the project either. With the help of Archai Media, we only had around 24 hours to film the line and a B.A.S.E. jump, but for the most part this project was too intense to document in such a short time. We were all focused on staying safe and getting to the top… rigging the lines… and cameras were just not part of the picture. In any case, the project was completed and it’s with great honor and intense gratification to all my friends that I can write… Echo/Cottontail Tower – “Heinous Slacktisfaction” 225′ long, 800′ high, F/A Andy Lewis “Leviathan” 280′ long, 800′ high F/A Andy Lewis”
Thank you everyone! And please… enjoy the video =)