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American highliner walks the line

posted 23 Apr 2012, 11:00 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 23 Apr 2012, 11:01 ]

Step-by-step, American Dean Potter crosses a canyon on a rope in central China, 1,800 meters above sea level.

CHINA-TIGHTROPE WALKER - This type of a stunt might warrant a 'Don't try this at home' disclaimer.

But for professional highliner Dean Potter, putting his best foot forward across China's Enshi Grand Canyon is just another day at the office.

The rope, known as a slackline, is two centimeters thick - a material that's more challenging than a tightrope because it's not as taut and is therefore more susceptible to bouncing and stretching.

And watching this American balance his steps 1,800 meters in the air or almost 1,970 yards is enough to make you hold your breath.

But defying death had Potter kissing the ground he walks on - completing the 40 meter or 44 yard distance in just over two minutes.

Kilmeny Duchardt, Reuters.