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VCHS Alumni Spotlight - Davis Hermes '18

Updated: Dec 15, 2023


Davis Hermes performs on the highline between two hot air balloons high above Praia Grande, Brazil, on Aug. 4. The slackline feat between the two hot air balloons in Praia Grande set a new record by going to 2,300 meters above sea level. Photo credit Heather Bayer


Davis Hermes is no slacker


In the world of extreme sports, few stories capture the essence of pushing boundaries like that of Davis Hermes, an alumnus of Vail Christian High School's Class of 2018. Davis, with his unwavering passion for slacklining, has taken his love for the sport to unparalleled heights - quite literally, at 2,300 meters - when he recently achieved the remarkable feat of slacklining between two hot air balloons in Brazil. (see Vail Daily Article)


Davis's journey into the world of slacklining began in 2012, during a visit to the GoPro Mountain Games in Vail when he first saw a slacklining demonstration. Little did he know at the time that this experience would allow him to travel the globe, competing in competitions and pushing the boundaries of what is possible on a slackline. One of Davis's most significant achievements to date is his title as the reigning world champion in slacklining that he earned at the world championships held in Laax, Switzerland, last summer. Today, Davis is a sought-after performer

at events and competitions worldwide.


However, Davis's journey isn't just about slacklining. In the winter months, he trades his slackline for skis, working as a ski patroller for Vail Resorts. This dual life reflects his commitment to both his passion and his community, proving that he's not just a daredevil on a slackline but also a responsible and dedicated individual giving back to the local community where he was raised.


Davis graduated from the University of Colorado - Boulder with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Economics. During a recent interview with Davis, he expressed his appreciation for the teachers at Vail Christian High School who had a profound influence on his life, especially Mrs. Camille Cooper, Mr. Doug Bruce, and Mrs. Kristin Baker. Davis acknowledges Mrs. Cooper especially for instilling in him the values and perspectives he didn't recognize he needed at that

time.


When asked about his advice for current students, Davis emphasizes the importance of gratitude and recognizing the opportunities that are presented to them. Reflecting on his own experience, he admits that he didn't fully appreciate the quality of education and support he received at VCHS until after he graduated. His journey has taught him the significance of making the most of the resources and opportunities available to you.


Davis Hermes' story is a testament to the incredible heights one can reach with unwavering passion, dedication, and a strong foundation. From witnessing a slackline demonstration in his hometown to soaring above the clouds between hot air balloons in Brazil, Davis has shown the world what it means to follow your dreams and achieve the extraordinary. His journey is a source of inspiration for all, a reminder that with determination, even the sky is not the limit.



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