Slackline is a practice in balance that typically uses nylon or polyester webbing tensioned between two anchor points. Many people suggest 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 webbing can be used to achieve a variety of feats. The line itself is usually flat, due to the nature of webbing, thus keeping one’s footing from rolling as would be the case with an ordinary rope. The dynamic nature of the line allows for tricks and stunts. Slacklining has quickly become popular due to its simplicity and versatility and its ability to be practiced in a variety of environments. Those who participate in slacklining are often called “slackers”.article-0-1838F8D600000578-574_964x494

Yes, this summer we have all become beginner slack liners.  Every time the kids see it they ask, “What is that?”  I say slack line…  they say, “tightrope?”  nope it’s not a tight rope…

It is addicting and not one kid has rejected the idea of trying it. All you need is two trees and a slack line kit (I bought ours through Amazon – Gibbon Fun Line)

It is not easy by any means but I feel for kids it is a great opportunity to take risks and develop a trust in themselves. (Adults too!)  A priceless opportunity.  I am trying to get past 4 steps without the overhead (cheat) line  🙂

Here are some of our slackers… more power to them!!!!

IMG_3531 IMG_3163 IMG_3162 IMG_3160

Look forward to more slack lining in the Fall!!!

Advertisements