What's Up with those highliners?

September 14, 2016

If you were at the park this past weekend you may have witnessed the unofficial Smith Rock Highline Festival.

While still in its formative years, the festival started off in 2012, organized by Brian Mosbaugh. A climber and slackliner, Brian set his sights on combining his love for heights and the rock spires to stringing highlines across the chasms below. He and a small group of friends then wanted to share the Smith experience in a collective gathering of like-minded highliners.

Brian Mosbaugh at the Unofficial Highline Festival

Brian Mosbaugh at the Unofficial Highline Festival

Brian Mosbaugh on a highline at Smith Rock

Brian Mosbaugh on a highline at Smith Rock

The unofficial Smith Rock Highline Festival was born. Highlight videos and more of the original festival can be found here.

Brian has since moved to Moab, Utah.

Local entrepreneur and highline enthusiast, Jason Fautz of Slackline Technology has since picked up the torch. We caught up with Jason last year and got his thoughts on what the festival's goals are and what he sees in store for highlining in the park.

This video includes footage of that interview as well as clips of both this year's and last year's festivals.

 
Jason Fautz of the Unofficial Smith Rock Highline Festival

Jason Fautz of the Unofficial Smith Rock Highline Festival

Part of a larger Central Oregon Slackline Festival, the unofficial Smith Rock Highline Festival continues to hone guidelines for its participants. With an emphasis on minimizing its impact on the already taxed trails from growing traffic to the park, the festival seeks to educate its own to be good stewards while attending. We applaud them for their efforts so that we may all continue to share the space in harmony for a long time to come.