Slacklining

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Slacklining

Slacklining

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. The line's tension can be adjusted to suit the user and different types of dynamic webbing can be used to achieve a variety of feats. The line itself is flat, due to the nature of webbing, thus keeping the slacker's footing from rolling as would be the case with an ordinary rope. The dynamic nature of the line allows for impressive tricks and stunts.

Contact InfoFor gear call Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC)For setup information and videos go to www.gibbonslacklines.comMy InfoDerick Smith (AWEC)dsmith@staff.ednet.ns.ca

GearThere is very minimal gear needed, and there are different types of setups you can use. Climbing webbing is most common with three to four ring carabineers, this set up is cheap and all the materials can be found at MEC. The only downside is that the user must have some experience with different knots. There are alternatives to this more difficult setup, long ratchet straps can be used which make the setup much easier, there are also companies (Gibbon Slacklines) that sell these products. The only other thing required is two strong anchor points to attach the two ends of the slacklines.


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