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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Don't look down! Daredevil scales 10,000ft mountain balancing on just a cable car wire


High wire artist Freddy Nock balances as he walks up on the rope of a Zugspitze cable car in Grainau near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany

A daredevil stuntman has scaled a 10,000ft mountain – by creeping up a two-inch thick cable car wire.

Freddy Nock took 90 minutes to edge to the top of the Zugspitze mountain in south Bavaria – without any safety equipment.

Nock, who began his highwire career at the age of 11, said of his 3,000ft long trek: ‘I don’t want to do it again, not without a balancing pole. It was exhausting.’

Nock will submit his feat to the Guinness Book of World Records as the 'longest and highest wire walk above sea level without a balancing pole'

The Swiss-born tightrope artist now plans to submit his feat to the Guinness Book of Records as the 'longest and highest wire walk above sea level without a balancing pole.'

The stunt was part of a week of challenges Nock will undertake this week to raise money for Unicef.

He said: 'I will attempt seven records during this week. It has everything, incline, to walk down a cable car, walk across a lake that is more than three kilometers, which in the highest mountain area, in the Jungfraujoch in Switzerland, that is more than 3,800 meters high, higher than this one.'

Nock makes hand gestures as he climbs the two-inch thick cable car wire

'Can I get across that in the air? Or cycling with a bicycle across a tightrope over 130 metres at a height of 50 metres. Those are the things I want to do.'

In Febuary, Nock walked down the wire of a cable car line on Switzerland’s Mount Corvatsch - which is 9,908 feet above sea level.

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, 46, took 90 minutes to reach the summit

Nock perches atop the Zugspitze Glacier Cable Car ahead of Saturday's challenge

source: dailymail


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