A few years ago I set my sights on achieving a seemingly impossible stunt. My goal was to hang like a bat on a towering overhang without a rope and harness for protection.
The idea frightened me at first. It seemed almost impossible.But I truly believe that anything's possible. I thought about the stunt and started conceptualizing the execution. I spent many hours training for the 'Matt Hang.' I had to condition my body so that I could hold the position and make the exit. I spent weeks in visualization training learning to control my fear. After succeeding in training it came to the day. I felt nervous. But this is a good sign because nervousness is adrenaline in the body, which sharpens response time. I can remember clearly hooking my feet into position and releasing myself upside down. There was a rush of blood to my head. My heart beat faster. I took a few deep breaths and held the position. I remained motionless careful not to loose grip with my feet. I held position for 15s then did a full body sit up to reach the grips above. From here I continued climbing to the summit. The bat hang remains to be one of my most extreme maneuvers to date. It was an incredible feeling. It's been a rewarding experience to have conceived of the idea years ago and to have achieved it in reality. I have dubbed it, the 'Matt Hang.' For a full size picture of the 'Matt Hang' visit my profile. If you like it, leave a comment!