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Istanbul highline trip

Published in blog, Highline, Projects
by Jonas Konijnenberg

Written by Yuri, photos by Can Sahin

In a small car crammed with camping gear, two heavy weight highline rigs and space for 2 people. There were five of us. Things got interesting. Real interesting. Pretty much a masterclass in Tetris multiplied by Twister. We wound our way out of Istanbul at 10pm to camp at the highline spot. The best thing about arriving at midnight is that the beauty of the rocks and landscape will refreshingly welcome you the next morning when you wake up after a great night of sleep. The morning sun painted the rocks and landscape, filling in the blanks left by descriptions and photos I had already seen.

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This is the beautiful gap that Can had so excitingly told me about. It would be approximately 135 meters he said, and we would rig it with dragon and 10,5mm rope backup. During breakfast I couldn’t keep my eyes off the gap, while the others were slowly preparing. I was ready. I was excited. Too excited! STOKE!!!

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We brought the webbing (ever so kindly sponsored by our friend Sinan!) in between the two rock faces, Nuri and I walked up on one side, made the anchor (all natural) threw a rope down and attatched the first end of the webbing. Then Can bravely walked the webbing to the other side of the river (while keeping it dry!!) and we did the same for the other side. Everything went flawlessly (except for forgetting to put the leash on the line. Standard practice) and we were done rigging within 3,5 hours! It was time for some lunch, to get ready for some long heavy goodness!

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We knew the wind would make it pretty hard, but didn’t expect the how much and powerfully the gusts would vary. I got up on the beginning of the line and a gust blew the line 5 meters sideways. I stood up, put a few steps, and the wind stopped for a moment. The line went all the way back and I lost my focus. I caught. This happened a few times and I also tried in the middle. I couldn’t hear anything around me except for rapidly blowing wind. It was a hugely powerful feeling. I slid to the other side and back to get some protection off the line that was necessary during the rigging (thanks for your sweater Nuri 🙂 ) and was drained. Tomorrow I will try again…

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When I got on the line the next day, I quickly noticed that it was saggier than yesterday and rather unleveled (later we found out the base camp-side was about 5m higher). Combined with the sag, and brand new dragon webbing the first 20 meters felt really strange. My shakes didn’t really reach the end due to the sag, but every step felt like I missed a step on some stairs. It was a lot lower than I was used to. I walked the first 20 meters on my first try, and got across with a few catches. This was the same for the way back. The incline and slipperiness were both pretty severe, so the last 5 meters I kind of had to shove my feet forward instead of actually walking. So far it went well! I made three more crossings and called it a day. Tomorrow I will try again…

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The next day I wanted to try it with a bit more tension. I put one hangover on, and Nuri tensioned it as much as he could, while of course sitting in a really awkward position. With about 8-10m of sag left, I went on the line. I stood up, went in to a surf, catch. Repeat. And again. I got frustrated. I decided just to push through (is what you always should do). I stood up and walked the first 40m. It was ok, the next part should be a lot easier now. I stood up and walked the rest of the line without catches. It was quite the fight, but it felt good! Time to try for the return send. A few catches with not more than 2 steps. I closed my eyes and focused. Don’t get angry, don’t get angry, just focus, I repeatedly told myself. I stood up, and walked the first 50 meters. I took a misstep and fell. I got really angry, but said to myself “then walk it with just 1 catch”. It didn’t work and I walked the rest of the line with about 3 catches. I got mad (as usual) and pushed too hard. When I got to the end I forced out a smile and looked at the camera. You know, because the team shirt is that cool.

And here’s my forced smile:

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I got off the line, and they congratulated me. I didn’t accept it because I didn’t send it. Then they said, “but you got across with one catch!”. One catch? Oh yeah, one catch. I got so obsessed with sending it on the way back, that I totally forgot that the way there was just with one catch. I cheered up a bit, and was thinking about going again. Unfortunately I was way too drained for another good try, so I slid to the middle of the line, and bounced the living shit out of it 🙂

Video coming soon!! 🙂

That morning just before we went up the cliff, the waiter of the camping restaurant gave us a huge banner, and he politely asked us if we could maybe hang this on the highline for a quick picture. Of course, the Dutchie that I am, I asked: “in exchange for?”. About this he was kind of vague, and said something like “free beer or dinner or something”. To derig the line, Nuri had to get to the other side, so he took the banner with him, we made a cool picture, and derigged the line. With the huge profits we could afford a couple beers and food, a delicious sell out 😛

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Informatie over geneesmiddelen verandert regelmatig. Sommige geneesmiddelen zijn populair. Andere werken voor bepaalde ziekten zoals schizofrenie. Typisch, zowel mannen als vrouwen hebben last van seksuele disfuncties. Als u geïnteresseerd bent in viagra bestellen zijn waarschijnlijk wensen u om te leren over viagra 100mg. Wellicht weet je over “viagra kopen“. De meest gedenkwaardige wat je moet zoeken is “viagra voor vrouwen“. By the way, zijn er verschillende verklaringen en beroepsbeoefenaren in de gezondheidszorg zijn gewoonlijk in staat om uw probleem te lokaliseren door middel van psychologische tests. Sommige geneesmiddelen kunnen bijwerkingen veroorzaken. Dit geneesmiddel is alleen voor u. Nooit op te geven Viagra naar andere mensen, zelfs als de verschijnselen dezelfde zijn als de jouwe.

Jonas slacklining in 2014

Published in blog
by Jonas Konijnenberg

Jonas Konijnenberg 2014



2014 already sounds like a year ago. But my memories are still fresh. Last year a lot of things I’ve achieved which made me proud. I would like to share some of these activities with you.
This video contains a lot of footage from the last year. For the story behind the movie; read the following stories:

Indoor trainings Amsterdam

After 2 years of lobbying and attempts to take slacklining indoor in Amsterdam, finally I’ve got my own group of slackline ‘students’. I learned them to slackline, but more important I showed them how to play. The lessons are still going on and they rock!




Pushing my limits on long- and highlines

In 2014 I started practising longline more and more. After a couple of sessions I broke the 100m barrier. I felt super stoked after this step and kept on training on double lines and heavy webbings. Let’s see what 2015 will bring me for nice lengths 🙂
The highlines longer than 40m were still quite a challenge, but during the end of the summer everything underneath this length I onsighted 🙂 In 2015 I definetely want to break the 50m barrier.

Highline shows

Ooh, a real dream came true in 2014. We, as Dreamwalkers, did some four really nice highline shows.
The first show I did was the Holland’s got talent highline. Big spotlights, a blown up circus and hilarious comments; it was a good experience, but still I prefer nature for highlines 😉
Mundial festival was the first show were we acted as team Dreamwalkers. The perfect hall for a show, with two highlines set we were able to show everyone one the festival what our passion is. Later the hall became our training location.


Moen was out biggest show so far. We built a highline from a crane to the church. Super scary, because the crane was constantly moving. But, walking towards the crane gave you a beautifull look over the city!


The last show of the year was in a climbing show, during the National Champioships lead climbing. We had fun during the day together as a team, during the evening we performed and had even more fun! It was nice to show these climbers our outdoor activity, as they understood the difficulty.
The show was super strong; when someone was ready with his short act on the line, the next one started immediately as we had two leashes.


Streetkicks; organizing a slackline contest

In August I organized as Slacktivity a jumpline contest during Antwerp Street Kicks. Street Kicks is an event for extreme sports in the city of Antwerp. During the contest there were constantly 200-300 people looking at the slackline. The slackline had a perfect length; around 21 m and a real nice winner; Floris Verbiest. He showed us his talent on the slackline, I am curious what he will throw down in 2015… Double buttflips?
It made me happy to give starting slackliners a podium to show their tricks to an audience.


Organizing an indoor slackline Jam

We organized the first national indoor slackline jam in the Netherlands. We gave some workshops in highline skills, like leash climbing and line-ups. In total there were around 90 persons. The day gave me the perfect mood; I was so relaxed because everyone was having fun. No stress at all!


Thanks for reading! In case you’re interested in my last year’s video…

Informatie over geneesmiddelen verandert regelmatig. Sommige geneesmiddelen zijn populair. Andere werken voor bepaalde ziekten zoals schizofrenie. Typisch, zowel mannen als vrouwen hebben last van seksuele disfuncties. Als u geïnteresseerd bent in viagra bestellen zijn waarschijnlijk wensen u om te leren over viagra 100mg. Wellicht weet je over “viagra kopen“. De meest gedenkwaardige wat je moet zoeken is “viagra voor vrouwen“. By the way, zijn er verschillende verklaringen en beroepsbeoefenaren in de gezondheidszorg zijn gewoonlijk in staat om uw probleem te lokaliseren door middel van psychologische tests. Sommige geneesmiddelen kunnen bijwerkingen veroorzaken. Dit geneesmiddel is alleen voor u. Nooit op te geven Viagra naar andere mensen, zelfs als de verschijnselen dezelfde zijn als de jouwe.

Holland's Got Talent slackline

Holland’s Got Talent Highline

Published in Highline, Shows
by Jonas Konijnenberg

By Jonas Konijnenberg
So, a couple of months ago my girlfriend encouraged me to participate in Holland’s got Talent. I wasn’t so motivated in the beginning, but it seemed like a nice challenge after some previous experiences with television and demonstrations. First, it was my plan to make a trickline show, as tricklining is much more spectacular for people who are not familiar with the difficulty of a highline.A couple of days before the recordings of the show the HGT staff called and informed me that they had a perfect highline possibility inside the theatre, above the audience and judges. A highline show is a bit of a risk when it comes to creating a successful show, but it was the ultimate challenge to see if my nerves would hold in front of an audience and 10 cameras!My show was planned in the afternoon around dinner time. Tom Peek and Cor Vinke helped me with rigging the highline in the theatre. We only had 1 hour to rig and test the highline. On both sides we had to fix a rappel to get to the anchor points, which is difficult.

It was super stressful to rig the line, because there was a super thin area where the slings had to fit through. After 50 minutes we managed to complete the setup. I leashed in and took some steps. In the middle I had to test with a big leash fall to check that it was at a safe height. I had some tries and began to enjoy the line. The location was perfect, an indoor theatre highline! I never thought this would be possible, a dream come true :)Right at the moment when I wanted to take a rest, the head chief of the show wanted a final rehearsal. I already was totally sweaty because of the spotlights that were all pointing at me. But it was a good idea to make a full test run. During the test run I found out that the startup should be a bit faster, I also found out on which spot I had to make my tricks to be perfectly positioned above the judges. People were waiting to get into the theatre, so we had a short rest and prepared for the real show.
The show started with an introduction of myself and my act on stage. Judges were astonished about the idea that I was planning to walk over the slackline. I went up to the balcony, rapelled down and leashed in. The music started and my act had begun! Walking with the whole crowed and in front of a lot of cameras was challenging, falling was not an option because that would be the end of my act….. But I really liked the idea that everyone was watching me while I was having fun on a highline! So I stayed quite calm and made it easily to the spot were I planned to do static tricks. All my statics went pretty good and I heard that my two minutes of show were almost to an end. I rushed to go hanging on my toes above Gordon, one of the judges. The music stopped and I dropped myself from my toes into my leash. I heard some small screams from the audience and realised I brought my act to an good end!The judges were a bit critical, as they couldn’t understand the difficulty of a highline, but they seemed to like me and so I made it to the next round!

Informatie over geneesmiddelen verandert regelmatig. Sommige geneesmiddelen zijn populair. Andere werken voor bepaalde ziekten zoals schizofrenie. Typisch, zowel mannen als vrouwen hebben last van seksuele disfuncties. Als u geïnteresseerd bent in viagra bestellen zijn waarschijnlijk wensen u om te leren over viagra 100mg. Wellicht weet je over “viagra kopen“. De meest gedenkwaardige wat je moet zoeken is “viagra voor vrouwen“. By the way, zijn er verschillende verklaringen en beroepsbeoefenaren in de gezondheidszorg zijn gewoonlijk in staat om uw probleem te lokaliseren door middel van psychologische tests. Sommige geneesmiddelen kunnen bijwerkingen veroorzaken. Dit geneesmiddel is alleen voor u. Nooit op te geven Viagra naar andere mensen, zelfs als de verschijnselen dezelfde zijn als de jouwe.