Lines such as these are rigged with military precision, taking into account a staggering amount of detail in selecting the appropriate anchors for the location. Both the Gaylet Pot and Arbroath Cliff lines were fixed using MOD-issue steel ground stakes as anchors.
‘Location scouting depends on the availability of anchors,’ says Owen. ‘Picking anchors is more or less life-or-death as the integrity of your anchors largely dictates that of your rigging. We are especially calculated with our approach and base this on rigorous scientific testing and academic, peer-reviewed data.’
Having previously rigged lines in locations he had explored as a child –closer to where he grew up around Inverness – travelling a little further afield, it was climbing at Arbroath when the location’s highlining potential initially caught Owen’s attention.
‘Arbroath has the obvious quality of an impressive coastal atmosphere, combined with sufficient anchor spots, height and accessibility,’ he explains. ‘I don’t wish to claim that Scotland is distinctly better for highlining than anywhere else, there are incredible opportunities all over the planet. But as a team, we all agree that Scotland’s geographical characteristics make much of its coastline particularly appealing.’
Experiencing the location both physically and through the lens, as a photographer, Owen finds himself even more attuned to the fine details of each set-up and location.
‘Sometimes we spend days in the same spot,’ he says. ‘Photographing these adventures enhances the experience even more – you become so familiar with the minute details, as well as the unique way the light affects each location.’