French daredevil discusses his extreme feats set against beautiful Utah backdrops

Posted at 10:23 PM, Nov 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-26 00:23:14-05

MOAB, UTAH - A little more than a week after pursuing a world record, world-renowned slackline walker Theo Sanson is grabbing headlines once again for something he's working on in southern Utah.

"Ahh, it's so much fun!" exclaims an excited Sanson.

The Frenchman estimates he's working with slackline walkers from 20 different countries to build a "space net," which is essentially a hammock that sits thousands of feet in the air.

"Some people say we have a death wish," Sanson laughs. "But we are very careful and calculated with what we do."

Slacklining is similar to walking a tight rope, but the line is not taut. The rope is fixed between two objects above ground. In this case, Sanson picked two rock formations near Moab to attempt a record-breaking walk.

"It's because a guy who lived there dreamed about that line for years," Sanson said. "They were joking around about it not being possible. Then they called me, and I was like,  'Of course I want to do that!'"

That walked happened last week, on November 15. Sanson walked 500 meters, or roughly five and a half football fields, hundreds of feet above the ground. Click here for the incredible video. 

“It’s a 28-minute walk," Sanson said. "So, you have a lot of things to figure out. About doubt, about love, about failure. Also, we heard about the terrorist attacks in France.”

His walk would give France some positive international news at a time they could use it. However, he wasn't done yet. In the week since, he's worked with international slackliners to build the space net in Moab. Slackliners will walk their way to the middle of the net, and then BASE jump off.

“It’s weird to see how people are sometimes amazed by that, because, for us, it’s every day like that.”