All You Need to Know About Slacklining

Dec 14
11:34

2011

Reagan Grell

Reagan Grell

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As I'm sure you know, people have been trying to balance forever. Although slacklining is new, it’s not really a new thing. Slacklining is something that any person can do, anywhere and is relatively inexpensive to get into. If by chance you are wanting to start a new sport to enjoy, you should check out slacklining.

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As I'm sure you know, All You Need to Know About Slacklining Articles folks have been trying to balance forever. Slacklining is not really that new in its most basic form, balancing in general, but the sport has taken on ts own identity in the the last 30 years. Most people are naturally tempted to try to balance on things. I can hardly walk by a chain or fence with my kids without one of them wanting to walk on it and usually they want my help so they don’t fall off.

Throughout the years, people have done tight rope walking and other feats of balance. The cool thing about slacklining is that it’s provided a safer and easier way for a lot of people to try out the sport of balancing. Most people haven’t had access to a tight rope and a lot of other things that are available to balance on are too high and too hard to be safe. Those challenges haven't stopped some from risking life and limb to try it anyway. Now that we have slacklines, there is a much safer option. Although some still need the risk of bodily harm to truly challenge them, most are happier not to have to worry about this!

The sport of slacklining started in the rock climbing mecca of Yosemite National Park back in the 1970's. The rock climbers needed something to do to fight off boredom on rainy days or rest days when they weren't climbing the valley walls. To me, tyring to figure out what type of recreation I should do in between other types of recreation so I don't get bored is the kind of problem I could use more of! So, they would challenge each other to balance on the hanging chains in the local parking lots.

They decided st some point to take webbing that they usually used for climbing and suspend it between two trees for their balancing game. This gave them a portable option that they could easily set up anywhere. Slacklines made it possible to set it up low to the ground. Since slackline webbing wasn't hard like chain, it was much more forgiving if you fell on it.

To this day a lot of rock climbers use slacklining as a type of crosstraining. Slacklining can help you become a better rock climber because of the way it improves your agility and balance.

Eventually, more and more people have started doing it besides just climbers and several great options have become available to buy Previously it was a challenge to set up a slackline. It took several people to get it tight enough and it required special equipment that most people didn't have unless they were rock climbers. Several manufacturers have put together kits for slacklines that make it simple to set up, and they are very reasonably priced. This has made it possible for many people to try out the sport.

I've always been intrigued by the sport of slacklining. As a rock climber and a person who's always enjoyed a challenge slacklining is natural fit. Since I was a kid I’ve tried to balance on anything that was available: fences, playground equipment, hand rails, retaining walls. I wanted to start slacklining as soon as I found out about the sport.

I’ve done a little bit of slacklining on other people’s equipment, but I finally ordered my own slackline and I’m very excited to spend more time doing this sport. It will be cool to have another activity that I can do with my kids. I’d much rather invest in a slackline for them to play on in our backyard than see them doing some of the stunts that I did when I was a kid. YIKES!

If you’re looking to try out a new sport, I highly recommend slacklining for several reasons. It can increase your balance, joint strength, and agility. You can get into it without spending a ton of money. It's an activity you can do anywhere. It can be fun with a group or alone. You will enjoy getting better and better, and there will always be something you can challenge yourself with.

Let the slacking begin!