Echo Canyon

This past weekend the Slacklife New Mexico team set out to the Sandia Mountains to rig a massive highline. In Echo Canyon along the La Luz trail in the Sandia Mountains there is highline potential at lengths from 70 to 400 meters, with some of the most beautiful exposure the United States has to offer. We drove up into the mountains on Friday morning with the intention of rigging a 250 meter highline, and spent our first day scouting and building the anchors for the line. With the wind gusting, we would not be able to get the tagline across with the drone, and resolved to come back before the sun was up in the morning. That night, we made camp off of a forest road on the backside of the mountain and went to bed early.

 Car camping on the backside of the Sandias

Car camping on the backside of the Sandias

The second morning of the project we were forced to come to terms with the weather conditions--we had built the anchors the previous day, but there was no way we were going to get the line up with the projected wind forecast. It had changed drastically overnight and it seemed that the calm we were hoping for was not going to come. Disheartened, we packed up, and I took this photo of echo canyon as the first remnants of sunlight began to peek over the rim. 

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As a fallback plan, we decided to return to Albuquerque and rig the 137 meter line "The German's in Town" The wind forecast for the city was much better than that of the Sandia Crest and we managed to get the line up in just a couple hours on Sunday morning.

 

 Friedi Kuhne on "The German's in Town"

Friedi Kuhne on "The German's in Town"