Ever heard of Slacklining before? I have to admit, I had no idea what it was until very recently! Slacklining is essentially walking on a line off the ground between two trees (or other supports). This kind of activity is certainly not reserved for those who do performance arts and circus tricks on a slackline. All age groups and abilities can benefit from slacklining, as it improves balance, posture, central strength and focus. It is also fantastic for team building exercises in lots of different scenarios and settings. If you’re interested in slacklining, then this easy introduction will give you all the basics you need to get started. Keep reading for your quick, easy guide to Slacklining:
First Things First, What Is Slacklining?
Slacklining is walking, balancing or moving across a line that sits between two trees (or other supports). To be clear, it isn’t tightrope walking because the slackline is flat and thicker and the rope isn’t tight at all, it is designed to move and stretch. Because of the way a slackline is designed, it can be used in many different ways. Slackliners aren’t only able to walk on the rope, but they can perform various types of balancing, tricks, bouncing and more. You can even perform things like yoga on a slackline. Once a person is more experienced in slacklining, it can be used in a more advanced way with activities like longlining, tricklining, and highlining.
Tricklining – Tricklining is often called low lining which gives a bit of a clue about the type of activity it is. When you set up a trickline it is setup very low to the ground and is most commonly associated with tricks, jumping, bouncing and general showmanship of the line. You can use a standard slackline for tricklining.
Longlining – Longlining is where the slackline is set up to be longer than 98ft. The reason it is a more advanced form of slacklining is because the longer a slackline is, the more movement occurs and the more balance is needed. Usually, the rigging is quite specialist as well due to the need for enough tension on the line.
Highline – Highlining is the more risky side of slacklining and involves setting the slackline up really high above the ground. The practice is immensely challenging and also dangerous. A lot of focus and physical ability is needed. Usually, as the fall would kill the person slacklining, a harness connected to the line is used, although some adrenaline junkies don’t use one. This is never recommended. Another safety aspect of highlining is ensuring the rigging system is high quality.