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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

Highlining Commercial for Icebreaker Merino Wool Clothing

Recently Ethan Holt and I were casted as the highlining/yoga talent for an Icebreaker’s (merino wool clothing) commercial at Smith Rock State Park. The line we were assigned to perform on was the original Monkey Face Highline, which at this point is an easy stroll in the park for both of us but is nonetheless a very special line in its own right. The history surrounding this highline is in many ways the birthplace of Ethan and I’s strong friendship as slackliners and is also the location of the first highline established at the park in the late 1980’s. I recall many years ago now, standing by the edge of the line offering encouraging words to Ethan as he was scared and intimidated by this line, trying to find the courage to take another step toward success. So much has happened since that day as many lines have been rigged and walked on both our parts. Ethan never ceases to amaze me as he is continually progressing in his balance and walking lines of greater lengths with absolute easy and calm meditation. This recorded event was our first experience filming for a commercial and was also very nostalgic since it was the first highline we both walked in our ever growing list of conquered highlines. The Monkey Line is by no means the hardest higline to walk at Smith Rock, as there are now 18 other lines here to measure yourself against, but it continues to be a classic that every slacker must experience at some point on his/her balanced path of life. I hope the message conveyed is both thoughtful and true to the slacklife and human spirit.

Brian Mosbaugh

 

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