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High wire artist Freddy Nock scales 10,000 ft up Bavaria mountain on cable car wire

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    GRENDEL Contributing Member

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    Some kinds of fundraising are simply not for the faint of heart. Freddy Nock got quite the view from up top after scaling Bavaria's Zugspitze mountain - a total of 10,000 feet in just under 90 minutes - as one of his weeklong stunts to raise money for Unicef.

    "I don't want to do that again, not without a balancing pole," he said after completing the death-defying balancing act Saturday. "It was exhausting."

    Nock, a 46-year-old Swiss daredevil, managed to inch his way along the length of the two-inch thick cable car wire without a pole or any safey gear.

    He is planning to - deservedly - submit his feat as an entry in the Guinness Book of Records as the "longest and highest wire walk above sea level without a balancing pole," and beyond that, to set a new world record by scaling seven summits in Germany, Switzerland and Austria in seven days.

    "I will attempt seven records this week," he told The Telegraph of what's next on his to-do list. "It has everything - incline, to walk down a cable car, walk across a lake that is more than three kilometers, which in the highest mountain area, in the Jungfraujoch in Switzerland, that is more than 3,800 meters high, higher than this one."

    Nock has previously walked across a cable car line on Switzerland's Mount Corvatsch - with a balancing stick, and after two attempts due to bad weather.

    In 2009, the tightrope artist traipsed 3,264 feet up Germany's highest mountain with a balancing pole and no safety net, raising $19,000 for a German charity that runs developmental projects in Ethiopia.

    For Nock, there's no looking back - or down - only ahead.

    "Can I get across that in the air? Or cycling with a bicycle across a tightrope over 130 meters at a height of 50 meters? Those are the things I want to do," he mused.


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    chode hurts watching
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