Extreme Slacklining Between Two Hot Air Balloons

Last month, two of Brazil’s foremost highliners set sail for the skies. Their mission: to string up and traverse the highest slackline in the world. And they would do it in the whimsical fashion so baked into balance culture, supported by a pair of rainbow-colored hot air balloons.

From 1,860 metres above Earth, Rafael Bridi lifted himself over the hot air balloon basket and planted his bare feet on the narrow, 2.5cm tightrope. With a grin on his face, the 34-year-old daredevil smoothly cantered across the webbing.

The feat, captured on Bridi’s GoPro Max, suspended him at a height twice that of the world’s tallest building. His balancing act shattered the previous highline record and landed Bridi’s name in Guinness World Records.

Take a look.

Jilli grew up in the rural southern Colorado mountains, later moving to Texas for college. After seven years in corporate consulting, she was introduced to sport climbing. In 2020, Jilli left her corporate position to pursue an outdoor-oriented life. She now works as a contributor, an editor, and a gear tester for ExplorersWeb and various other outlets within the AllGear network. She is based out of Austin, Texas where she takes up residence with her climbing gear and one-eared blue heeler, George Michael.

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