- Picked up a slackline
Always wanted to try it, so picked one up for christmas…roll on 4 months later and I finally get out on it. Talk about being the most unstable thing in the world. Took about 10mins before I would let go of my partners shoulder and be capable of balancing a bit.
45mins later, and I’m able to step up onto it without any help and take two steps. We only had it strung about 6m between two trees, but this is going to be an adictive evening pursuit I think 🙂
So, what to do? Just keep trying to walk along it? Any hints and tips?
Posted 3 years agoflyingmonkeycorpsMember
Just play! Starting in the middle is generally easier I find. What’re you using to tension it? Looks like a Gibbon type with a ratchet – as I progressed I found the ratchet really annoying, so I ended up with a skinnier line that I can tension just using karabiners – I could feel the ratchet making the line move oddly.
From the pic, the best tip I could give is to look up! I always try to find a spot on the far tree and focus on that, looking at your feet makes it harder to balance. Once you can walk the full length, you then need to learn to turn around (really hard), walk backwards (less hard) and do tricks. I got to that level, fell off and buggered my foot up and haven’t had it out since 🙁Posted 3 years agorsvktmSubscriber
Don’t rush it, it will suddenly become easier… But for me the most important things were bare feet, single leg balancing, focusing on a spot at eye level (knot on a tree), not rushing along the line and being very deliberate when placing feet. Not that this has made me an expert, far from it, but went on mine recently after a break of a more than a few months and can still balance and walk ok but turning is still an issue !
Practice, practice and more practice. I found 10 minutes on an eve built it up nicely without overdoing.Posted 3 years ago
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