Two Brothers Just Set an Insane, Half-Mile Highlining Record Over Yosemite

Moises and Daniel Monterrubio set a few records in the process

A new record was just set at Yellowstone National Park.
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There’s something literally breathtaking about watching someone walk a tightrope in a space not generally associated with tightropes. The accomplishments of Philippe Petit — which included walking between the towers of Notre Dame and, in 1974, the World Trade Center — have become the stuff of legend in part because of the challenges they posed and in part because of the locations Petit chose.

Now, a pair of brothers has pulled off a similarly thrilling feat — setting a new record in the process. Moises and Daniel Monterrubio established records for the longest highline walked in both the state of California and in Yosemite National Park with an effort that kicked off on June 10 after six days of preparation.

Their journey began at Taft Point, where they attached a line and stretched it west. That line was 2,800 feet long — or a little over half a mile. According to KTLA’s report on the feat, walking on this line involved walking above gulleys that stretched 1,600 feet deep. That’s not terrifying at all, no.

The brothers had been planning this for a year, according to a report at the San Francisco Chronicle. KTLA’s report notes that they had the help of 18 friends and colleagues in preparing the line for their feat.

Thankfully, highlining involves the use of a harness which connects with the line — meaning that if someone falls, they’ll still be connected and can resume their journey. The article notes that both brothers (as well as several of their cohorts) dealt with falls during the time the line was up. Thankfully, everyone is okay, and some of them have a new record to show for it.

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