Travel and Adventure

Champion High Wire Performers Cross Between Frozen Waterfalls in the Alps

Thursday, 19 April 2018

For highliners Lukas Irmler and Pablo Signoret, the ascent up two frozen waterfalls with 400-plus pounds of gear is only a prelude to the main action. Working with a team at a secret location in the French Alps, they're completing an adventure they've been planning for years.

Their destination is the space between two peaks. It's an especially challenging location for the sport. More than 500 feet off the ground, the crew anchors a 1400-foot slackline into ice on each face. In slacklining, a nylon strip stretches with the walker's weight. But in addition to walking, the slackliners also pull off acrobatic tricks, creating a dramatic impression in the grand mountain setting.