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Watching This Woman Slacklining Over the Alps Might Give You Vertigo

Faith Dickey's job quite literally puts her life on the line every day. The 25-year-old is a professional slackliner—an umbrella term for all the different ways a person can walk on a flat woven band. Highlining (a strain of slacklining) is Dickey's forte, which means she travels around the world looking for extremely high places to walk across using nothing but a slackline. Yikes!

It goes without saying that one of the most daring yet beautiful locations to highline is in the Alps. And being the daredevil that she is, Dickey's favorite peak to walk across is Aiguille du Midi, a treacherous mountain in the Mont Blanc massif that stands at 12,605 feet.

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"What's different about highlining in the Alps is that the whole experience is more intense," Dickey says. "Being that high off the ground, you look at the valley below and the houses are just tiny specks. They look like toys. It's unbelievable."

Basically every acrophobic's worst nightmare is Dickey's dream come true, but that doesn't mean she never gets scared. "When you highline often, you really learn to train your fear like a muscle," she told A Great Big Story. "Sometimes it's not the height that's the scariest part, it's the exposure—which is how much space you can perceive around you."

Because of that, Dickey recommends learning slacklining over water. When the current passes underneath, your body gravitates in that direction, making you feel like you aren't in control of your body—a similar feeling to when you are highlining.

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