Slack lining (Slacklining)

  • Latenight30

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    Jun 07, 2011 11:13 AM GMT
    Slacklining is a balance sport that uses nylon webbing tensioned between two anchor points. Slacklining is distinct from tightrope walking in that the line is not held rigidly taut (although it is still under some tension); it is instead dynamic, stretching and bouncing like a long and narrow trampoline.

    I just got into this and it's great. The set up cost is like 60.00-70.00 It's a real work out. I only got about 5 steps across it the first time. Just strap it between 2 trees in a park and go to town.
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    Jun 07, 2011 1:29 PM GMT
    Slacklining is awesome fun. I don't really know why but there's something about balancing icon_biggrin.gif

    I like the Free Feet lines but they are a bit more expensive than the Gibbon ones (Gibbons wobble weirdly to me).
    http://www.freefeet-online.com/
  • fitdude62

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    Jun 07, 2011 1:51 PM GMT
    The rock climbing gym here in the Springs (City Rock) has a couple of slack lines and they are hard and a great workout. I really enjoy it!

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    Jun 10, 2011 9:34 PM GMT
    I got into slacklining a little last year. I plan on doing it some more in the summer once Seattle finally decides to catch up with summer weather. You can make a do-it-yourself beginning slackline kit from just regular climbing gear you can buy from an outdoors store like REI. nwslackline.org has a great detailed article with assembly instructions/video on their beginner's setup. It should be a bit cheaper than buying a ready-made kit from Gibbon or other brand names.

    http://www.nwslackline.org/32/article-building-a-basic-slackline
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    Jun 10, 2011 9:37 PM GMT
    Also, I haven't had this happen to me, but I know a few people have gotten in trouble with recreation and park services up here in Seattle about tying slacklines to park trees. The tension from slackline anchors apparently fucks up the bark on certain trees and most parks require some sort of padding between the slackline ancher and bark. Most slackliners up here use a simple towel.
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    Jun 11, 2011 11:20 AM GMT
    wildtype87 saidAlso, I haven't had this happen to me, but I know a few people have gotten in trouble with recreation and park services up here in Seattle about tying slacklines to park trees. The tension from slackline anchors apparently fucks up the bark on certain trees and most parks require some sort of padding between the slackline ancher and bark. Most slackliners up here use a simple towel.

    Good point and to be a participant in anything outdoors you need to "pack in and pack out" Or protect the environment. Gibbon sells tree wraps as an addition to the kits. I encourage them I also encourage the Gibbon system because it is so simple to set up.
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    Jul 11, 2011 3:37 AM GMT
    There's a pretty good international slacklining festival on the beach in Squamish (north of Vancouver) every summer. I think it's called HevyFest. It was a real good time last year. Ever do any
    highlining? *shudder*