University of Otago anthropology student Michelle Henderson relaxes on a tightrope at the North Ground yesterday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
There's a fine line between working too hard and having a
For Michelle Henderson, the line looks more like a rope tied
between two trees, and she tries to walk on it as often as
The 21-year-old University of Otago anthropology student has
been busy studying for exams for the past month, and is
preparing for her final exam tomorrow.
But the warm weather yesterday was too distracting to stay
indoors with books, she said.
So she set up a tightrope between two trees alongside Dundas
St on the North Ground yesterday, to help relieve some
"It's a study break. This is a great way to relieve stress."
Despite the fact she had only been tightrope walking for the
past year, Miss Henderson has developed enough skills to be
comfortable and competent on the rope.
Earlier this year, she walked on wires suspended about 60m
off the ground.
"You have a harness on, but when you look down, it's still
Though not as scary as her looming final exam, she said.