The “World’s Most Insane Rope Swing Ever!!!” video on YouTube isn’t the typical viral adventures found on the video social networking site.
This video involves music, friends, dogs, jumping off a cliff on a 400 foot long rope, some great views and some drama.
A thrill loving man pushed his cautious girlfriend off the edge of a cliff to take a ride on a 400ft pendulum swing in a narrow canyon in Utah
Daredevil Creighton Baird had spent 45 minutes coaxing his girlfriend, Jessica Powell, to the edge of a narrow canyon in Utah so she could go through with a terrifying rope swing.
Although she appeared to be securely attached to the rope, Powell failed to muster up the courage and Baird finally took it upon himself to shove her off!
As she descended into the canyon she let out a series of chilling screams and then yelled out, “I’m breaking up with you.”
Creighton Baird was just one of dozens who trekked to an undisclosed location in Utah to film the stunt for a YouTube video by Devin Graham.
The video was posted on Tuesday and has gained over 4 million views.
Equipped with multiple carabiners, a harness and ropes, he ran off the cliff, falling into the wide expanse of the canyon and shouted with excitement.
Graham explained how the “World’s Most Insane Rope Swing Ever” video got started.
The video, posted Feb. 26 on YouTube, is slickly edited to the point that you might wonder if the adventure is all it seems.
But Graham, also known by his YouTube handle DevinSuperTramp, provides a behind-the-scenes companion video (watch below) to break down the painstaking preparation for both the stunts and the filmmaking.
“My second most-watched video of all time was a video I did last year. It is a rope swing through an arch in Utah – it has around 16 million views. So basically, I decided to do my first sequel video.
“This year, instead of doing a 100 foot rope swing, we did a 400 foot rope swing through a gigantic canyon.”
Aspiring film makers may want to learn from Graham, who has a lot more in his portfolio than just his most recent YouTube hit.
“Originally I went to film school to try and do big movies for the big screen, but as I was doing that whole thing I learned the value of YouTube and seeing your own name and your own brand, and I just started doing YouTube videos, and they exploded.”
The jumper even held on to a camera so that his face and the look of terror he flashed could be recorded.
Several other eager jumpers tested the swing but Creighton Baird was keen for his girlfriend, Jessica Powell, to give it a go.
Though she was all suited up for the endeavor, she couldn’t quite muster the courage to step out off the cliff and a period of 45 minutes passed while her friends tried to encourage her to take the jump.
Her boyfriend tried several times to coax her and encouraged her to face her fear.
The filmmaker told the Daily News that after the event, she admitted she was glad that Baird had given her the push because she probably wouldn’t have done it herself.
“I’m breaking up with you!” she shouted, with her words echoing through the canyon.
“She yelled that just because it was in the moment,” Graham said.