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Chancey Bush
Taylor VanAllen of Morrison highlines over Clear Creek in Clear Creek Canyon.
The top of the world: Morrison slackliner breaks world record

At the top of a mountain, gazing out at the vast wilderness below, there is a sense of stillness.

For many, there also is a rush of adrenaline, and maybe — for some — a bit of fear.

As Taylor VanAllen harnesses himself in, removes his shoes, balances on a 1-inch piece of webbing and takes his first step away from solid ground, he draws on these very feelings. Despite more than seven years of practice, the 26-year-old slackliner is not without fear.