In 2012, the first Highline Festival hosted at Smith Rock State Park was attended by 60 slackliners from all over the country.
With a total of eight highlines rigged, it included the longest established line at the time. “Overdose” was authored at the festival by Jerry Miszewski and Chris Rigby--an amazing 378′ long.
It extended to nearby Steelhead Falls, with a chance to cool off with ten foot drops into the icy water below.
The original founder, Brian Mosbaugh, has since moved to be a part of the Moab Monkeys. He went on to organize the following year's festival, but has since moved on to other pursuits.
Check out the videos below for each of the four days of the inaugural festival.
In 2015 and 2016, we captured additional festival footage and caught up with Jason Fautz the current organizer of the so-called "Unofficial Smith Rock Highline Festival. Hear his thoughts on the Annual Highline Festival, and the history and future of slacklining at Smith Rock State Park in this video interview.