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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Fearless Female Highliners

No slacking! Fearless female highliners perform jaw-dropping moves 3,300 feet above Yosemite National Park

Being a thousand feet up the air, balancing on a thin wire does not stop these fearless females from performing ankle balances, squats and even the splits in front of the camera.

Professional slackliners Emily Sukiennick and Hayley Ashburn took to the ropes to perform at 3,300ft up in the air at Taft Point, California.
The amazing images were captured by photographer Jared Alden, 31, who was amazed at the girls' backbreaking moves.

A split personality: Female slacklining pro Hayley Ashburn does the splits on a highline above the Yosemite Valley floor at Taft Point
A split personality: Female slacklining pro Hayley Ashburn does the splits on a highline above the Yosemite Valley floor at Taft Point
I get very varied reactions to the photographs, but he main ones are "That's crazy", "I would never do that", "How do you get the line across?", "Are you wearing a safety leash"' and "Stay away from my children".
'Usually people are just over-reacting to my highlining images because they see something outside of what is ordinary and comfortable to them.

'If my highlining images can just inspire people enough to go setup a small simple slackline in their own backyard then I am happy-stoked because that's where it all began for me.
'Most people don't believe in themselves enough and say they could never do it but I believe many of these very people could actually do it.'
Fearless female: Hayley begins her journey on the tight rope, testing her balance in a squat high above the California valley
Fearless female: Hayley begins her journey on the tight rope, testing her balance in a squat high above the California valley
Hayley Ashburn walking a highline in a swami leash a thousand meters above the Yosemite Valley floor at Taft Point


Hayley Ashburn doing the double drop knee in a swami leash a thousand meters above the  Yosemite Valley floor at Taft Point
Drop it low: Hayley balances on the highline wearing a swami security line as she does a slacklining move known as the double drop with no hint of losing her balance
Yose-rious? With the Yosemite valley far below her feet, Emily Sukiennick tries her hand at the daring double drop at Taft Point

Emily Sukiennick doing the double drop knee a thousand meters above the Yosemite Valley floor at Taft Point
Yose-rious? With the Yosemite valley far below her feet, Emily Sukiennick tries her hand at the daring double drop at Taft Point
High on life: The girls' moves on the thin wire almost makes onlookers forget the beauty of the Californian national park
High on life: The girls' moves on the thin wire almost makes onlookers forget the beauty of the Californian national park
Hayley Ashburn doing the double drop knee a thousand meters above the Yosemite Valley floor at Taft Point

Hayley Ashburn doing the double drop knee a thousand   meters above the Yosemite Valley floor at Taft Point
Seemingly unmoved by the height or the fact that her only security is a thin leash attached around her waist, Hayley performs yet another double drop
Inspiration: Photographer Jared Alden used his images of Hayley and Emily, pictured doing a double drop, to get his  own wife to try slacklining
Inspiration: Photographer Jared Alden used his images of Hayley and Emily, pictured doing a double drop, to get his own wife to try slacklining

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