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Guinness World Record - Highest Static Trapeze Act

Today's big news is from Guinness World Records who have approved the inclusion of the World's Highest Static Trapeze Act as performed by Chuck Berry (NZ), Amanda Vicharelli (USA) & Jojo Rose (GERMANY).

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The highest static trapeze act measured 662 m (2171 ft 0.94 in) and was achieved by Amanda Vicharelli (USA), John 'Chuck' Berry (New Zealand) and Johannes 'Jojo' Rose (Germany) in Xiaozhai Tiankeng Cave, China, on 2 October 2008.

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Tzeni Karampoiki
Guinness World Records

What a fantastic time I had at the Xiaozhai Tiankeng Cave in Fengjie, China among an international group of fine Basejumpers preparing to perform low altitude parachute jumps into the World's largest sink hole, 662 m deep, in celebration of China's National Day.
Amanda & Jojo had been training with the trapeze for this day & I had joined in with some fun practice with the trapeze hung from the hotel balcony. It turned out I could help with one of Amanda's routines as I'm a bit of a monkey...at least that's what Mum used to say!
On jump day, Amanda & Jojo performed a Static Trapeze routine followed by the thrilling jump into the sink hole & flying under ground, landing in a huge crack in the cliff wall.
Wow, what a place.
I joined Amanda on the second round with Clem (Dave) Major shooting video & stills, we travel to exit on a steel garden seat fitted with pulleys which ride on the cable spanning the hole, out to where the trapeze is rigged. Amanda climbs down the rope to the bar as I step off the garden seat & slide down the few metres to join her. The next bit was the tricky bit...my job was to hang upside down in a leg lock on the trapeze...so to do that meant sitting down & swinging inverted by the backs of my legs, grabbing the bar with hands, release legs, swing around ropes & gain a different lock. Amanda can then climb down my body to hang in a graceful backward arch while in my grip.
I was so stoked with how well it went....& just how funny it is to drop a woman down a 2171 ft hole while hanging upside down over the World's biggest sink hole....& get away with it!!!
What an incredible experience, it felt like some scene in a Thriller...dangling from a wire, holding the heroine above the pit of doom...dropping the woman who saves herself by parachute...I've seen this scene for real!

I'm thrilled to have been part of the action & for this to have been recognized by Guinness World Records.

Another goal achieved that I once thought was an impossible day dream...funny how dreams & reality can mix....if you let it.

Thanks to Amanda & Jojo for asking me to join them & thanks to Dave Major for the fine pics.