This autumn I managed to send my longest highline and one of my best. I rigged this 87m monster with Armin Holzer and Peter Auer. We called it "Conquest of paradise" because we felt like conquerors in a foreign wonderland, being the first to highline this popular rock needle, the "Burgstein" (which is subject of some local legend) on the famous "Traunstein" near Gmunden in Upper Austria.
I found a picture of this rock pillar (which is actually more like a shield if seen from the side) on the internet and was not sure if it was a high quality project. I could not believe the number my laser gave me. Only when the line was rigged, we realized how big it was and how beautiful at the same time.
It didn't look good at first. When we climbed the via ferrata in the morning and arrived at the spot, strong wind appeared out of nowhere. There was no way of rigging a slackline under these conditions and as the wind continued to blow we knew we were running out of time. At noon the wind suddenly stopped and we decided to start rigging. After a few hours of hard work the line was set and we started making attempts. I remember the feeling when I first crossed it with two falls. The feeling was absolutely amazing. I never felt so alone on a highline, up in the air in the middle of nowhere. Alone and scared and happy at the same time.
We derigged at the latest possible moment (weather forecast was very bad for the next day) and arrived at our cars in the dark.