What is slacklining? Find out here!
Take advantage of the unique opportunity to get involved in a new climbing discipline. Slacklining is an outdoor activity which is attracting more and more followers. It's addictive!
What is slacklining?
The term slacklining is derived from the slack webbing line used in this activity. It involves balancing on an elastic man-made fibre line stretched between two points over the ground. The slackliner sways slightly from side to side to stay balanced. The sport first appeared at the start of the 1980s, when climbers in Yosemite National Park spent rainy days balancing on chain barriers and ropes in the car parks. It began to spread beyond America and into Europe at the turn of the century.
Slacklining helps to train balance, coordination and concentration, which makes it is a useful foundation for many other sports. However, slacklining is now established as a sport in its own right, and also incorporates a meditative aspect. You need to find your own inner balance to control the slackline.
Who can slackline?
Basically, anyone can learn to slackline. From experience, we have found that rapid progress can be made at any age. A basic sporting aptitude is undoubtedly an advantage, but there are no specific requirements. The high requirements of the sport fascinate all age groups.
What do you need to slackline?
As well as the actual slackline, you will also need a tensioning device and a system to clamp the line to two fixed points. Two slings are generally placed around the fixed points and attached to the line using a fixing system. If the slackline is tensioned between two trees, padding must be placed between the sling and the tree to protect the bark. The tensioning system used is a ratchet, which can tension the line up to 5kN.