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World record as tightrope walkers cross Swedish Arctic valley 600m up

STOCKHOLM — Four German tightrope walkers have set a new world highlining distance record by crossing a 2.1km-long valley in Swedish lapland on a line suspended at a height of 600m.

World record as tightrope walkers cross Swedish Arctic valley 600m up

Tightrope walkers Quirin Herterich, Lukas Irmler, Ruben Langer and Friedi Kuehne took two days to rig the line across the two Arctic Circle peaks.

STOCKHOLM — Four German tightrope walkers have set a new world highlining distance record by crossing a 2.1km-long valley in Swedish lapland on a line suspended at a height of 600m.

Reuters' video footage showed a barefoot man sway and teeter as he delicately tiptoed across the line between two mountain peaks in a snow-capped valley.

"I just focused on being very slow, being extremely clean and just reaching the end," said Mr Quirin Herterich, who was first to cross the line before compatriots Lukas Irmler, Ruben Langer and Friedi Kuehne successfully followed.

"This is hard because it's really exposed, it's 600m high, it's 2,150m and it's really windy here sometimes," said Mr David Sjostrom, the project manager of the exploit.

It took the team two days to rig the line across the two Arctic Circle peaks which, at this time of year, bask in 24-hour sunlight.

"This place, Lapporten, is for me an iconic place and a very beautiful landmark... When I started looking at bigger projects I saw a picture of Lapporten... and just when I saw it, I know it had to be rigged and crossed," Mr Sjostrom added. REUTERS

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