BY: JOHNATHAN MOSS
Balanced between life and death, French daredevil, Théo Sanson finds serenity while staring at the jagged rock face of the desert floor that extends hundreds of metres below him. As the sun leans upon his back and his eyes range across the vast expanse of landscape, he feels completely exposed to the elements; understanding that a slight gust of wind or mere miscalculation will send him plummeting to his death. Though unlike many, he is a man who does not let the fear of the unknown subdue his thirst for life and chooses to use moments of danger to unify his body and mind.
On November 15, Théo Sanson completed a 500-metre “death” walk completely unaided across a thin metal wire that stretched between two monumental peaks: The Rectory to Castleton Tower in Castle Valley Utah, to set a new world record.
The thought of death always looms in the back of his mind, but Sanson says that he would “rather die from passion than boredom,” recognizing that the only thing a life of comfort will accomplish is an epitaph stamped with the barren mark of mediocrity. After all, as the proverb goes, “why tiptoe through life only to arrive safely at death?”