There will be approximately 15 highlines this year for participants to walk for ALL levels from beginner to professionals. There will be a top rope line for beginners and highline workshops available. Because of the high demand, we are working to make usage and access as efficient and easy as possible. There will be a rope at each line for participants to clip their harnesses to as an established wait list. Each line will have specification information regarding the line along with the time allowed for each session. Longer lines will allow participants for longer sessions. There will be plenty of time to highline during the day and our rigging team will be checking the lines at least twice a day. If there is an issue with the line, please immediately report to a GGBY volunteer (indicated by t-shirts). DO NOT adjust the highline system. If you would like the line adjusted, please request from a volunteer and they will attend to it as soon as possible. Participants must ALWAYS be leashed in when on the line.
Spacenets have been a pivotal component of GGBY the last few years. A spacenet is a net, plain and simple for people to hang out in. It can be between a few trees a few feet off the ground or hundreds of feet high over canyons. The construction and rigging of a spacenet will vary depending on where it is done. Over canyons, the construction and rigging of a spacenet is complex and requires a team and should ONLY be done by professionals. At GGBY, we have THE spacenet, The Mothership, which was built and is owned by Andy Lewis, world famous Slackliner. The Mothership has been seen and shared by millions all over the world and brought spacenets to the mainstream mass media. Last year, Ryan Jenks and Kimberly Weglin got married on the net with hundreds of friends and family there with them by the cliffs. Participants of GGBY will be able to get on the net as long as you have a climbing harness. Some other items you should have include a hangover (or other line rolling carabiner), 2 locking carabiners, 2 leashes (i.e. daisy chains or similar). All participants must be tethered at all times to the net when on, entering, exiting, or near the cliff. Failure to do so will get you banned from the net. Your safety comes first, fun comes second, so please obey the rules.
This year for GGBY , we are going bigger and more creative with The Mothership! Details to come soon but let’s just say that The Mothership will be having some visiting spacecrafts from other dimensions and planes of existence.
The Spacenet Committee is a team of 6 coordinators and the many people who will assist in rigging this year.
We are adding more and diverse workshops this year from some of the most talented instructors out there! Workshops include but not limited to:
Intro to Highlining
There will be activities every night to participate in
Monday – Opening Ceremony and Community Fire @ 8pm
Tuesday – Talent Show @7:30pm
Wednesday – Dance party
Friday – Closing Ceremony and picture @ Sunset
The primary camping area is near the cliffs around the Fruit Bowl (see map). Please be careful when pitching your tent!
Be sure to choose a spot that minimizes your environmental impact. This means you should ideally find an area of flat sandstone with a crypto-free path to and from your tent. Alternately, sandy areas with no sign of plant life or crypto growth are the next best choice. Do NOT camp on top of vegetation or crypto.
The Fruit Bowl area can get rather windy and tent stakes don’t really work in sand and sandstone. Be sure to keep enough weight inside your tent to weigh it down. Keep your belongings and trash secure so they don’t end up flying around.
GGBY Highline Gathering is a Leave No Trace event and participants and spectators are expected to adhere to the 7 principles of Leave No Trace which are:
- Plan ahead and prepare.
- Travel and camp on durable surfaces.
- Dispose of waste properly.
- Leave what you find.
- Minimize campfire impacts (be careful with fire).
- Respect wildlife.
- Be considerate of other visitors.
In summary, what you carry in must be carried out. There are no public trash receptacles so you must take care of your trash. Bring a trash bag and minimize your need to produce trash! PLAN
There will be port-o-potties near the front entrance gate by the Info/Ticket booth and portable toilets around the camp site areas. Here are some quick rules:
- Bring a roll of toilet paper for yourself and another for new friends for the 5 days. We’ll have toilet paper and replace as often as possible but bringing a roll always ensures you have a pleasant experience.
- Carry hand sanitizer with you as well or sanitary wipes.
- DO NOT defecate in the desert as the dry environment does not decompose human waste quickly. If everyone can avoid this, then no one steps in $h!t accidentally like many of us have in years past (gross). As the wise Morty from Rick and Morty says, “Get your $h!t together!”. Just use the nearest toilet.
- Pee in the port-o-potties or far away from trails, campsites, and other areas where people are.
- Do NOT pee in the portable toilets near the campsite please as they make it heavier to haul out. $h!t ONLY!
Contain and carry out your other waste products. DO NOT throw food scraps, oils, or anything that is compostable. Things don’t decompose quickly in the desert!
Parking at GGBY is one of our biggest challenges.
The Fruit Bowl parking lot is small and is needed for shuttles, an emergency vehicle, and other vehicles for the various needs of the gathering. Everyone else should park in temporary lots near the beginning of the Fruit Bowl road. Van life campers can park and camp in these temporary lots, but they are about 1.5 miles from the cliffs. To avoid the extra walking, bring a tent or share a tent with a friend.
Water: There is no water source at the Fruit Bowl. Bring plenty of water. The outdoor shop Gearheads in Moab has free water fill up in the shop.
Food: Everyone has their own idea of what good camp food is, but common options are sandwich materials, peanut butter and jelly, veggies to fry or cook in the fire, rice, soup, and pasta. Durable food items are generally a good idea since you’ll be carrying them from the parking lot to the cliffs. Bring more than you think you’ll need just in case, or to share. Highlining burns calories!
Fire: Do not use local juniper wood for campfires. Please bring wood purchased from a local shop. A limited supply of wood will be available for our community fire gatherings.
Showers: Various places in Moab offer showers for a fair price (~$3-6). Check out the Moab Recreation and Aquatic Center.
Medical and Emergency Services
- Hospital – Moab Regional Hospital is the nearest hospital located at 450 Williams Way, Moab, UT 84532. Phone: (435)-719-3500.
- Pharmacies – The nearest pharmacies are Walker Drug Company at 290 S Main St, Moab, UT 84532 (435-259-5959) and City Market Pharmacy at 425 S Main St, Moab, UT 84532 (435 259-8971).
- Dentists – There are a few dental clinics in the area. Arches Dental Clinic at 570 W 400 N, Moab (435-259-4333), Red Rock Dental at 380 N 500 W, Moab (435-259-4059), and
- Police – The Moab Police Department is located at 217 E Center St # 130, Moab, UT 84532 . Phone: (435) 259-8938.
- General Information* – The Moab Information Center is a great resource for information about the area. They are located at 25 E Center St, Moab. Phone:(435) 259-8825.
- Food and Beverages – City Market is a supermarket to get food and beverages and other shopping items. They are located at 425 S Main St, Moab. Phone: (435) 259-5181. The Village Market is another supermarket located at 702 S Main St, Moab. Phone: (435) 259-3111.
- Gas – There are various gas stations in the area. City Market Fuel Center is right next to City Market located at 425 S Main St, Moab, UT. Phone: (435) 259-5181
- Banks and ATMs – There are various banks and ATMs in the Moab area. Zions Bank ATM is located in City Market at 425 S Main St, Moab, UT.
- Showers – The Moab Recreation and Aquatic Center is a great place to get a cheap shower (~$4). They are located at 374 N Park Ave, Moab. Phone: (435) 259-8226.
- Climbing Gear Store: Gearheads Outdoor Store is the local climbing, slacklining, and gear store located at 471 S Main St #1, Moab. Phone: (435) 259-4327.
- Post Office – The United States Postal Service (USPS) is located at 50 E 100 N, Moab. Their phone number is (800) 275-8777.
- Library* – Grant County Library is located at 257 E Center St, Moab. Phone: (435) 259-1111.
- Hotels and Restaurants – There are lots of hotels and restaurants in the Moab area. Walk around or visit the information center or google for more information on what’s available in town.
National Parks and Other Sites to See
- Arches National Park
- Canyonlands National Park
- Fisher Towers Picnic Area
- Castleton Tower
- Dead Horse Point State Park