Hanging out on the Mothership Space Net Penthouse

All photos courtesy of Brian Mosbaugh/Slackline Media

Suspended 400 feet above rugged desert terrain, this massive aerial space net, dubbed the "Mothership Space Net Penthouse," is not for the faint of heart.

Luckily, that's no problem for the thrill seekers who gather every autumn in Moab, Utah for a long weekend of highlining, BASE jumping, paragliding and other heart-racing activities.

This high-altitude hammock is the brainchild of Andy Lewis (seen below), a slackliner who has spent eight years perfecting the construction of aerial space nets.

"It wasn’t until just a few weeks ago that I thought the pentagon idea was actually possible," explains Lewis. "I calculated the approximate size I wanted the net to be (about 2000 square feet) and acquired the proper materials to build it. This took a few years as well considering that every piece involved needed to be extremely strong, redundant and therefore expensive. Since the moment the last of the pieces arrived on my doorstep I’ve literally had help every step of the way to complete this truly monstrous project."

Mothership Space Net Penthouse: Slacklining


Hand-weaving and rigging up such a massive structure takes a lot of work, but thanks to a communal effort, a team of 50 hard-working highliners, BASE jumpers and other volunteers were able to pull it off in just three days.

Once the net was in place, photographer Brain Mosbaugh was on hand to document the one-day installation and write about it on his website, Slackline Media:
"Highliners attempted to walk across the five different legs of the net, varying in lengths up to 80 meters long (262 feet), BASE jumpers leapt daily from the human-sized hole in the middle of the net and paragliders made several flybys while dropping world-class wingsuit pilots from high above so they could buzz by over groups of friends hanging out in space."
Mothership Space Net Penthouse from afar

Be sure to follow the Moab Monkey's Instagram for more pearl-clutching snapshots from the gathering:


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Nov 11, 2014 at 6:17am PST
Mothership Space Net Penthouse: BASE jumping
Highliner on Mothership Space Net Penthouse
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