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Tightrope: Victoria Falls Daredevils Cross Zimbabwe Waterfall (Video)

By    |   Monday, 10 Nov 2014 07:37 PM

Two European tightrope walkers negotiated across a Zimbabwe's Victoria Falls this weekend, using a slack line stretched across the 100-meter waterfall.

Germany's Lukas Irmler and Austria's Reinhard Kleindl completed their journey on Saturday, strolling across the front of the falls.

A 90-second YouTube video shows them sitting down and swaying back and forth on the slack line. They both reached safety, but had safety cords.

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"Here you have a lot of spray, a lot of water in the air, floating beside you, splashing your face and it's intimidating on the one side but also distracting," tightrope-walker Irmler told Sky News. "You need to have a clear visual view of the environment, you need to be focused on the anchor point to the very end you want to walk to and not get distracted by a lot of water crashing by the side, which is very hard mentally."

"Optically it's very difficult because the spray comes from the sides and it's like waves, they try to drag you, so it's really difficult for the optics and obviously everything is very heavy because it's soaked with water," Kleindl added.

The successful stunt from Irmler and Kleindl comes less than a week after Nik Wallenda walked on a wire between two Chicago skyscrapers. He set world records for the highest blindfolded tightrope walk ever, and navigating the steepest incline for a tightrope walk between two buildings.

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