It’s quite a difference, one’s up the mountain, the other’s out on the line, midspace. Both a start for highlining.
Packing gear began three weeks prior to the Rocklands highline meeting, with rigging a good day and half beforehand. Special thanks to Ernest and Hedi for bringing the trailer load. Stalwarts Andy Court and Burghen got the new 35m tensioned ‘loosey goosey’ style Thursday evening, in time for a sunset wobble.
Next morning earlyish, backpacks got divided into right side and left side anchors with the crew to match. Slings were padded with tough stuff, ie. fire ho’s. Onward, upward we march, usually twice a day for the next week, but still the easiest highlines to step out on, for miles.
Rob and Jeff hands-on the pulley system and LineGrip. Late morning two 20m lines are ready. Peter from China can’t resist the one inch urge, seems Danie Moolman, gets bitten by the bug too.
String Theory 20m helps get the 45m webbing over to the other side. How well designed is that! Some complex natural anchors are set and then onto the 65m SmartSling rig. All done by 4pm. Andy Court, a dot at that point from the campsite, cruising along the sky, Jeff taking a good few steps and Andy Alex racking up the 45m leash falls to build his confidence.
Saturday starts with the legendary pancake breakfast, fresh from the farmer wives (and husbands). Scrumptious it is. The campsite is fuller than every Easter before. Letitia and Fabio from Brazil arrive late morning, specially in SA for this meeting. Some coaching on offer for them and other first timers. AJ and Ally included, along with plenty newbies trying to fathom the rush one gets out there. The Van der Riet family, flown in all the way from Jo’burg, with highliner son Jeremy. Hanlie and Peter drive 14hrs from Fiksburg, the dedicated Wolski’s, Marele and Charl, Dean and Liezel, ‘chest harness’ Charl Hugo, Albert’s dreds and Seb’s infectious enthusiasm, even Melri made it! And Jay, the Jesus man, from around the world again.
The turnout is phenomenal and not everyone can be mentioned, but each smiling face is most heartwarming. All generations are represented this Easter, from 76 to 3 years old, camping out with Ukulele songs and slacklines galore, the whole valley wide, Alpha farm to Charite’s place. Dogs in harmony too, Lennie, Enzo, Amber and Mika, Odeva, with the usual 3 black’n white camp ones. Twin cabin cats too. Happy times. Contentment.
Donna’s Muni and Toni’s Lyra add to the mix in the campsite. The StudioSlack keeps granddaughter MilaMay, 3yrs, amused and JP’s precious little girls’ giggle on discovery of the LineBuggy traversing gravity-slide, kitted out in a Elrid kiddie harness. Sharing it too, with the farm worker’s boytjies.
Waterline rigging late afternoon, with Burghen at the helm. Ridge offers to swim it, Charl Hugo checks the far A-frame anchor and Nick and Jesse provide necessary 60m line muscle power. Pro-active Ernest and Hedi found the dug-in rope to which we attach.
A record sunset highline gang of about fifty strong, all dotted on the rocks, a Didge, Stu’s chicken-head-sling photo capture equipment, and a ‘group solo’ down some cliffs, noted by Alex Bester and Ebert Nel, aka Team Pretoria. So many goings on.
20m girl power shiners Caitlin and Mary, with a continuous cycle of liners giving it their all.
A solid Double Drop Knee (DDK) from Rob on String Theory.
45m attempts by Jed, Paskal, Jeremy.
65m Andy, Jeff, Andy Alex working it.
Lapa bar night, entertaining chats to Valentin, the French animator guy who loves to draw stories, Chai from Bloc 11, Emma, James Dicks’ sister and curly tops Don. Marelie and Miguel, Thys’s adult children chat among us, with the Naude family close-by and part of the action, mostly the climbing type. ie. 3 by 7a’s in a morning’s work.
Sunday heard mention of naked, night-waterlining and midnight fire poi shows. Sponta-neous Acro jam pop ups, finally Jeremy’s goal send of the 45m. Andy Full Man-ed on the 65m. Lots of 20m firsts! Congrats.
Much dam fun in the afternoon, a few waterline steps for many on this kick-ass 60m. Epic falls, walking on water, with tension just enough.
Back to Highlines for the brightest Sunday sunset. Jeff powering through some inspiring training. Stu with his guitar, Leighton’s ham-btwn-rock-mock, and a sweet smell of Cederberg mountain tops.
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The goodbyes start. Til next time, park sessions to fill in. Gearing up, keeping up the pschye!