'Mothership Space Net'…


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It took 14,000 feet of cordage to create what is among the more impressive, odd, and sheerly fun installations in recent memory. Yes, we’re going to call this extreme-sporting nest a work of art. It’s unique and it is uniquely named the “Mothership Space Net Penthouse,” hovering high above the desert in Moab, Utah.

As seen in the photo above by Brian Mosbaugh, the Net was built as an otherworldly place to rest, hang out, high-line, and jump off of with a parachute.


“So much awesome packed into one place!” — Matt Forhlich on Facebook

The creation of the five-sided “penthouse” took three days and a huge communal effort to hand-weave. More than 50 people were involved in the Thanksgiving event, during which Mosbaugh reported “not one athlete was injured or maimed during the duration of such dangerous stunts.”

Check out a video of BASE jumpers launching through the net.

Andy Lewis, a slackliner who once performed in a Super Bowl Halftime Show, was the force behind the Mothership idea. “This all would not have been made possible without the rigging genius of Andy Lewis’s progressive vision,” Mosbaugh wrote.

Matt Forhlich, who took the above selfie, was one of many who enjoyed the net. “It held up to 15 people. I am sure it could hold more but they were erring on the side of caution,” he said.

Judging from the photo Lewis posted of the mass of cord used in the construction of the net, it must have been an epic weaving process, even with many helpers.

Incredible to see what a group of intrepid high-liners, BASE jumpers, and volunteers can do when they put their heads together.

The Mothership Space Net Penthouse was built for an annual Thanksgiving event. We look forward to seeing what insanity the group might pull together next year.

Sean McCoy
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Sean McCoy is the Editorial Director of GearJunkie, and 5+ other All Gear websites.

He has been writing about hunting, fishing, trail running, camping, skiing, and more for 15+ years.

Prior to GearJunkie, he was the chief photographer for the Virgin Islands Daily News and former Editor In Chief for GearJunkie. Based in Denver, Colorado, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.