Faith Dickey is a professional slackliner who specializes in highlining, longlining, and free soloing. She set the female world record for Highlining length at 345ft (105m) in Moab, Utah. She is also the first female to surpass the 100-meter mark in highlining. Her record for height was in the Swiss Alps at 4000ft (1200m) from the valley. Faith has more than 30 free solos (walking without a safety leash), the longest of which is 28m, also a female world record.
“What began as a summer activity in my hometown has turned into a life-changing, mind-altering addiction.” Tell us about your professional journey in high lining which began at a young age. How it all began?
I was on route to studying fashion design in New York City, working no less than five jobs, when falling asleep behind the wheel provided me with a sudden wake up call. I realized that I had been so ‘nose to the grindstone’ in my attempt to save money for my dreams that I was not even sure who I was or what I really wanted. Working 80-hour workweeks took their toll, and though I walked away from my flipped vehicle, I knew that I needed to take some time for myself. So, I started going to the park and contemplating my plans. This is where I discovered slacklining, just between trees at first, but the little bit of freedom led me to embark on a one-way trip to Europe, where I discovered highlining. From there it was no turning back.
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