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The Highest Place by relet 裁判長

June 1st, 2010 2:07 AM / Location: 60.094423,10.366115

INSTRUCTIONS: Go to the highest point of anything.

The highest place, not of a house, tree, city or mountain. But the highest place of my district where I could possibly walk a line.

When I saw a picture, not unlike the following, in a tourist folder, I knew I had to do it.


Mørkgonga, Norway

* "The dark path"

I have never set up a highline before. I know how to secure myself from years of climbing experience, and about the importance of redundancy. And I had read about the things to consider on the almighty Internets. So I felt pretty good about this, and a bit scared.

I packed my gear into a crammed 35l backpack, drove to the foot of the mountain and started the hike. It took about an hour to reach the location, with most of the climb going through loose debris. I found a hiking stick along the way, propped up to a tree right where the most difficult part of the climb began. Looking at the climb, I was very tempted to borrow it for the day, but then the person who lost it might have come back just today to search for it. I thought, you just don't do that kind of thing in this country where people display such an amazing level of trust in anyone else.

I reached the top, slowly and steadily. The canyon is about 15m wide, and 50m high at the face of the cliff, with a great view on the fjord some 600m below. The path mounts up through the canyon. I set up the line. I will not slack-babble much about the setup.


I climbed on the line. Stood up. And jumped back down again.

The difficult part of this is to convince your mind that falling is not an issue, once there is no ground below you. I did that. I climbed again on the line, stood up, and jumped back down again.

I repeated the exercise a few times, until it started to drizzle a bit.

I hooked myself onto the line, pulled myself to the middle of the canyon and spent some time looking down. I pulled myself to the other side. From that side, you had a much nicer view in the distance, which distracted me a bit from the view down. During the first attempts, I realized that the line chafed on an old tree that lay on that side of the canyon, which impeded it to swing to the one side. But only barely, and it would stop once I had taken two more steps.

Eventually, it worked. I walked. Once walking, it was all good. I knew, I would not want to fall, because it is very exhausting to get back up again, but that it was safe. The walking itself is suprisingly unspectacular, once you have your mind at ease.


I repeated that exercise a few times as well, to get the hang of it. As it happened, I did not fall. I just cut my foot on a bit of wood when jumping off the line, but that'll heal.

When I was exhausted, I started to wonder how it would be to fall, because that is something you should have done as well. I walked to the edge of the cliff and dropped. It was nice, and bouncy. Only then however did I realize that despite having a few knots to hold on in my catching leash, it would have been a lot more exhausting than planned to climb back up to the line when actually hanging two meters below it, having only a thin climbing rope to hold to. I managed to do it once, but decided I wouldn't try again. Next time, I will be better prepared for that.

Anyway. Here is a video, shot by a water- and shockproof, but very unsmart small camera. The high contrast between the dark canyon and the sky didn't work out very well.

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posted by Ty Ødin on June 1st, 2010 4:10 AM

"When I was exhausted, I started to wonder how it would be to fall, because that is something you should have done as well."

Out of every task I have tried, every praxis I have ever seen, and every photo I have viewed on sf0 I feel this sentence embodies the reason that I am here. Not only to push in the predictable directions of success, but to push in all directions, including downwards. A well deserved 5!

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posted by relet 裁判長 on June 1st, 2010 12:14 PM

Thank you for these words.

(and: Falling without the impact is fun!)

posted by Samantha on June 1st, 2010 12:30 PM

words fail me.

Mørkgonga, Norway
posted by Brock Dubbels on June 12th, 2010 2:56 PM

That is funny -- I lived in Trondheim-- I wonder if I ever knocked you over with my backpack or sat next to you on the bus?


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posted by relet 裁判長 on June 13th, 2010 5:44 AM

I wouldn't think so. I have only moved here three months ago to do some tasking.

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posted by done on June 13th, 2010 11:15 AM

Are you from Berlin originally? And: Where in Norway are you living? And: Are you planning on visiting Stockholm some time in near future cause I'm here for work this summer and I will also be in Berlin end of July : )

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posted by relet 裁判長 on June 14th, 2010 4:28 AM

Yes. I live in Hønefoss, and travel back to Berlin occasionally (like just now). I don't plan far into the future though. If you have any grand plans that involve co-taskers we should definitely meet there or here or then. :)

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posted by Pixie on January 30th, 2011 9:26 PM

Breathtaking and surreal and beautiful. Thank you for doing this, and for letting us see it

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posted by bent on March 20th, 2013 11:24 PM

Amazing, thank you for sharing brave soul.