About

My story

Portrait of Niklas WinterIn 2008 I tried slacklining for the first time with a friend and it was harder than expected. But this just made me want to practice it even more, until I learned my first jumps and flips.

Today I’m not really interested in the hard-tensioned jumplines anymore. I rather walk on really dynamic, long webbings or on highlines. It’s a unique feeling to glide through the air with the smooth movements of the slackline – I like to compare it to flying. Speaking of flying… since 2014 I’ve been skydiving and a year later I started BASE jumping. BASE jumping opens up a whole new world to play with. And you won’t get much closer to flying, than buzzing along cliffs in a wingsuit.

The beauty about outdoor sports is that you get to discover a lot of unique places while making friends all over the globe. Apart from Europe, I already spent time in Australia, Brazil and the USA slacklining, skydiving and BASE jumping and I have always been welcomed kindly by the local sportsmen.

In the last two years I focused more on climbing. I like the idea of combining BASE jumping and climbing. You might be able to reach places, which you could not have reached before. For example climbing to the top of a spire or climbing to more alpine exits. In general it also gives me more control for the approach to an exit.

My Philosophy

What I like about highlining, besides the great worldwide community is the fact, that you have to face your fears. Already with the slightest doubt in your head, you’ll be tense and might fail, while focusing on your abilities would lead to success. So actually, there’s more to slacklining than just the sport. It’s rather a lifestyle and a mindset – always ready for an adventure while keeping your emotions in balance.

BASE jumping on the other hand is another story. While you’re putting your life at stake, you should be well aware of your equipment, your skills but also your motives and limits. When your life could end everyday, you realize what is important to you in life. It taught me to be more humble, not just concerning my BASE jumping goals, but also in daily life.

Accomplishments

  • Over 500 parachute jumps
  • About 300 BASE jumps and over 70 BASE exits opened
  • About 30 different highline free solo walks, the longest around 35m

Press

2019

2018

  • Balloon highline project in monument valley featured by ARRI.
  • Balloon highline as a promotional campaign, called WunderbarTogether, symbolizing German and American friendship funded by the German ministry of foreign affairs, look at the full story
  • Part of the Canon promotional highline project on Arranmore in Ireland
  • German television show “Die schönsten Fernsehmomente” aired on RTL with 2.5 million viewers

2017

  • German television show “Wollen wir wetten?! Bülent gegen Chris” aired on RTL with 1.9 million viewers
  • Facebook video with over 50k views on a wingsuit jump in India

2016

2014

2013

2012

2011