Video: Harnessless daredevil crosses high-wire in Germany

updated 8/31/2009 2:47:05 PM ET 2009-08-31T18:47:05

A Swiss tightrope walker has staged a spectacular climb up a steep cable on the slopes of Germany's highest mountain for charity.

Freddy Nock scaled the 3,264-foot-long cable car line on the Zugspitze mountain Sunday, using only a balancing pole and with no nets or safety ropes.

Nock gained 1,141 feet in altitude during the climb, which took him 50 minutes.

He was watched by some 1,800 spectators. He finished his climb at 9,655 feet above sea level.

"I made it, I'm happy, wow!" said the 44-year-old after it was all over.

Nock used the climb to raise more than $19,000 for the German charity "Menschen fuer Menschen," which runs rural development projects in Ethiopia.

Sunday's adventure was his second attempt there. Poor weather prompted him to abandon a first try Saturday.

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