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Last updated at 14:54 BST, Friday, 26 August 2011

Swiss cable guy

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A Swiss daredevil's climbed the highest mountain in Germany in an unusual way...

He scaled the 3000-metre peak using a cable car wire as a tightrope.

Freddy Nock gained nearly 350 metres in altitude as he walked the kilometre-long route without a balancing pole or a safety harness.

The stuntman's trying to break seven world records in a week, raising money for charity in the process.

daredevil

a person who does dangerous things and enjoys taking risks

tightrope

a wire or rope stretched above the ground which performers try to walk across

altitude

the height above sea level

safety harness

piece of equipment which prevents someone from falling when they are doing a dangerous job above the ground

stuntman

a person whose job is to perform dangerous tricks in films and TV in place of an actor

Exercise

Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from a BBC news report.

Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.

daredevil / tightrope / altitude / safety harness / stuntman

1.
A Chinese inventor claims he reached an __________ of 4,000m on his home made flying machine.

2.
Strapped to a __________ tethered more than 100 floors up, he began his climb up the silvery, glass-covered tower just after 1800 (1400 GMT) on Monday.

3.
A "human cannonball" __________ plunged to his death in an accident seen by hundreds of people at a daredevil show.

4.
The New York state assembly has made an exception to a century-old ban on stunts at Niagara Falls, to allow a renowned __________ walker to cross from one side to the other.

5.
Sam has a touch of the ___________. He flies helicopters, boxes, rides motorbikes and carries the air of a dashing gentleman untroubled by life's frailties.

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Answers

How did you do?

1

altitude

2

safety harness

3

stuntman

4

tightrope

5

daredevil