23-year-old Alexander Schulz, a German highline walker broke the world record when he crossed a 1,230-foot long rope strung between two boulders in China. UPI reports:
He and his colleagues from slacklining company One Inch Dreams set up the line in Yangshuo. The daredevil spent three days attempting to cross the record-breaking line, which bested the previous record by 230 feet.
Schultz said wind and rain made the rope extra heavy and soggy, but the most difficult obstacle was his own doubt.
“The most important thing was to get away from the fear of failure in order to be fully relaxed and able to react to the oscillation of the line after smaller mistakes,” he said.
“The longer I was on the line, the harder it was to keep up the concentration. At the last third, wind came up and started shaking the line. I had to force myself to keep on walking. Thirty meters [98 feet] before the end the wind was gone, but the fear of falling came up like never before.”When I touched the rock at the end of the line, my first words were ‘it’s surreal, I can’t believe what just happened.'”