Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Highest cable wire walk: Swiss acrobat Freddy Nock sets world record
SILVAPLANA, Switzerland -- Using only a balancing pole, and NO harness or safety nets, Daredevil Freddy Nocks, 45, walked 5,249ft downhill from one mountain station to another
- setting the new world record for the Hghest cable walk.
Photo: High-wire daredevil Freddy Nock shuffles along a cable-car rope 10,836ft up without a harness. Photo: AP (enlarge photo)
The 46-year-old circus tightrope walker did not use a harness or safety nets as he hovered above the clouds in Silvaplana, Switzerland, reports the Sun.
The Guinness world record for the longest wakeboarding marathon is 6 hr 17 min and was set by Ian Taylor (UK) who wakeboarded behind a cable tow at Whitecap Leisure on Willen Lake, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, UK
Guinness World Records also recognized Juan Pedro Carrillo (USA), who achieved the most consecutive turns skipping with a rope on a high-wire with 1,323 at the Big Apple Circus Big Top, Bayside Expo Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
The Swiss adventurer set a world record for the longest tightrope walk over water after a 900-metre trek across Lake Zurich last April.
He shuffled along the cable for some 5,249 feet, starting from the mountain station - at an altitude of 10,836 feet - to the middle station, which is 8,865 feet above sea level.
Nock, who starting learning acrobatic skills at the age of four, successfully completed the walk on his second attempt, after bad weather forced him to stop earlier in the day.
In August 2009 Nock climbed up the steep cable on the slopes of Germany's highest mountain for charity, scaling the 3,264-foot-long line with only a balancing pole and not nets or safety rope (see below video).
During that climb, which took him 50 minutes, Nock gained 1,141 feet in altitude and - in front of 1,800 spectators - finished his climb 9,655 feet above sea level.
He raised $19,000 for a German charity which runs rural developmental projects in Ethiopia.