Taking a little over two minutes, Dean Potter crossed a distance of 40 meters on a slackline stretched above Enshi Grand Canyon in Hubei, at a precarious height of 1800 meters above sea level. Potter (who we’re pretty sure had Man On Wire on his Netflix cue at some point) crossed the canyon without the aid of a safety harness, and broke down in tears after completing his feat of bravery.
Potter has done similar canyon-crossing feats in the past, and was also named an Adventurer of the Year by National Geographic in 2009 for performing the longest BASE jump ever. He seems like the free-spirit type, and can be seen listening to music on headphones while stepping on the slackline across the canyon.
On his website, Potter claims that he’s considered a criminal in his hometown of Yosemite, California, “for pursuing the dream of human-body-flying.”
According to the Telegraph, slacklines are considered a grade above in difficulty compared to regular tightropes, since the line is not completely taut and is generally less stable.
We wonder how long it’ll be before a netizen campaign that calls for one of those NBA halftime show Chinese acrobats to cross the Grand Canyon (while riding a unicycle and balancing a stack of bowls on their head) gets started.