When she isnâ€™t practicing or teaching yoga, Michelle Griffith â€™14 spends her time dangling over some of theÂ most scenic canyons in the West. In an adventure sport known as â€œhighlining,â€ athletes perform slackliningÂ high above the ground at a height far above which they could safely fall (most highliners wear a safetyÂ harness tethered to the rope).
â€œMines instilled a tenacity in me that is still with me today,â€ says Griffith. â€œWhen I first discoveredÂ slacklining, I was able to approach it with the same attitude of perseverance and passion for improvement andÂ success with which I achieved that little silver diploma.â€
In this photo, Griffith balances over an area known as â€œThe Fruitbowl,â€ a popular highlining spot nearÂ Canyonlands National Park west of Moab, Utah. â€œThereâ€™s a whole lot of engineering that goes into ensuringÂ that the highline is safe, redundant, and that the force we exert on the system is significantly less than theÂ Working Load Limit,â€ she says.
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