The Landcruising Slackline Team
Anneke van Zuethem - Dresden - Germany
I am working in architecture, design and urban engineering. No matter where, the slackline comes with me, and if the guys are still there - well then is the right mood guaranteed.
Mich Kemeter - St. Marein - Styria - Austria
Raised in Upper Styria, the green heart of Austria, i started a career as national team pistol shooter from 2007 until 2010.
I have come to slacklining in 2007 and found my well-being in highlining.
Highlining is my way of meditation, where i can experience new feelings. At free-solo ascents of all kinds, wether it is sportclimbing up to the grade 8a or on 30m long highlines, the exercise of my own abilities is a very special way to unify body and mind on a very high mediative level.
Challenged by the drive to tread new ground, and that on the most beautiful places over the world, i learned the inner strength of my own center by the school of life.
Freesolo highlining is particulary intense for me cause it activates all power and motivation resources to set me in higher spheres and concentration, where i become aware that its just a cakewalk as elsewhere with safety leash.
"Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake", written by H.D. Thoreau and can confirm that so far.
Bastian Aldehoff - Cologne - Germany
I am most interested in the sheer forces and the continuous fight of longlining and the exposure of highlining. I specially enjoy the surfing and bouncing on long and dynamic lines.
The beginning is difficult and shaky, but if you overcome this imperfections, the static world is lost while gliding inside the world of perfect flow. All fears, hardships and the everyday stress fall off and you enjoy the moment.
I am currently student at the University of Cologne and i am climbing beneath slackline. If my studies give me the time - I am on the road to the various slackline festivals in Europe.
Bernhard Witz - Bern - Switzerland
When I started slacklining, I could not imagine to do this sport once some 100 meters above the ground. But the boundaries in the slackline sport are moving very fast now, and i like the idea of connecting the mountain sports with slackline. Two generations after Scott Balcom walked the first highline in the Yosemite, we are pioneering the sport now.
History evolves again. While it was a vertical competition in the 20th century to do the first ascents of big rock towers, we playing now in the horizontal dimension. Who will be the first to walk prominent highlines?
Similar to the early rock-climbing scene, when climbing proffesionals from around the world met in Yosemite, an international community of highline cracks continues the story.
I was born in 1982 and grew up in the swiss canton of Bern. I studied "New Media" at the Aniversity of Art and Design in Zurich. I have an education as industrial climber too. After my graduation, I made many travels in Europe and to the USA. When I am not in the mountains or on a journey, i am working as a freelancer on different places.
It is an honor for me, to be the first Swiss inside the Landcruising Slackline Team and I am looking forward to realize new projects with Landcruising together.
Christian Rojek - Berlin
It was one of the few days of November, at which the sun over Berlin shone. While searching for suitable subjects for the camera, my self was initially a subject, a pair of clowns with balloons fell over me ... film project ...aha...
But i did not have to look so far, there was a flickering line over the beach volleyball field with a silhouette of a slackliner. Fantastic!
I was encouraged again and again to have a go on the line. Thougts about a balance beam from the school sport came to my mind. But they did not let upm so i started with my first wobbly steps. It was immediately clear that many more steps would follow. I was particulary fascinated how much "unexpected" life was in the line. Instead of rigid belancing, there was a constant flow of movement.
It´s been a few years ago, but the fascination remains unbroken. Every day is different, every line a new challenge. Sometimes it feels like one unity, in complete silence you float through the landscape or enjoy the swings in simple harmonic motion. But there are times too where it feels like a boxing match, you have to dodge the blows and break the oscillations while keeping the balance.
Especially the long- and highlines did it to me. Longlines own something strong mediative, you can deepen inside your self without thinking of anything in particular. It is highly concentrated, just one foot in front of the other, and being aware of what is coming to the body. The dynamics of the line are slow and very powerful. There is enough time to feel and react.
Highlines are mainly a game inside the head. Normally you have not be there over the abyss. Everything is shacking and there is nothing to hold on, nothing to look for. On the other side it is pretty damn nice inside the void. A space that only few will enter. You will be only a visitor, the wind is blowing around your face, setting your steps carefully, wide open eyes showing fear ore sometimes there is a big grin on the face.
Matthias Held - Munich
What i am doing when i am not on the slackline? The alps can be reached from Munich very quickly. Mountaineering and climbing in the summer, ski touring and telemark skiing in the winter. Since this is all together not for free, i work as landscape gardener, ski instructor, outdoor seller, director and if there is some time remaining I lead the youth of the German Alpine Fedaration into the mounntains. As an avowed equipment junkie I founded in May 2008 "mind your step - slacklining".
Mike Ueberschär - Dresden - Landcruising Foundation Member
Spring awakening 1983 in the „green heart“ of Germany …internships and orientation in the social, pedagogical and cultural area …What holds the world together inside“? – studies of geography at the TU Dresden …Beeing outside, travelling, friends....First steps on the line in 2005...
Stefan Faidt - Dresden
There is so much to discover and I am inspired to experience the slackline with the kids. Just like the kids and we all the slackline will grow with us. I want to give back by enabling many people to meet this wonderful and diverse experience of the line.
To see the line growing over the course of time and to increase by the combined experiences - to give life a new kind of length - that is what i am glad about.
Sebastian Flügge - Dresden
Since that time, I am fascinated by the beauty of nature and mountains.
My first slackline was a consumption in February 2008. The winter seemed to be endless, I stucked in the middle of learning for an important test and my body craved for movement and fresh air.
Since then I am infected. From the beginning it was the walking and balancing, that fascinated me. It was an old childhood dream to fly over the green meadows.
What else I am doing? I don´t keep the climbing out of my focus, it completes the slacklining perfectly. Now and then i dive into depths of saxon waters and quarries. Again the slackline is always there to bridge the times between the dives.
I am also long-term student of computer science and try to support the Landcruising project with my knowledge of information technology.
Felix Maul - Dresden
Today i am walking the adult lines. Thirty, forty meters long and one-two meters high and bouncing the hell out....
Slacklining has become very important to me and i ask myself from time to time: what is for me in the first place - climbing or slackline? In the past there were a lot of towers which wants to be climbed, but now there are also towers wich wants to be highlined. Actually both is pretty cool. Firstly i go climbing until my finger skin is down and afterwards i step on the highline.
Grischa Rulle, Helmar Fasold and Daniel Pfitzer
We are three friends who give Slacklining a high priority in their lives. Two years back we got to know each other on the line. And since then we always complemented us very well and brought us forward.
We setup our first highlines only with climbing experience an a lot of experimental character. Johannes Olszewski lead us to the big projects. Meteora 2010 was definitely a diving board into the world of real highlining.
The rest was more a random no-brainer. We had a lot of time and less money. Perfect conditions which make this sport what it is. Travel, new contacts, adventure and not a day without a new project in mind...