Slacklining Photos: The Perfect Balance
Published on 09/09/2012
By Ann-Britt Hakansson
Photo Taken By: Mikey Schaefer Photo: Dean Potter, Cathedral Peak, Yosemite National Park
Since rock climbers in the Yosemite Valley began doing it in the 70s as a way to pass the time, slack lining has developed enormously and is reaching new heights every day, literally. Still popular mostly within the realm of the climbing world, today people are high lining, long lining, trick lining, even yoga lining. From lines thousands of feet in the air in the Himalayas to half kilometer long lines, people are constantly pushing the boundaries in this challenging yet serene sport. That is because there are no boundaries. There are no rules or regulations when it comes to the world of slack lining, no professionals and no guidelines. It comes down to you and the line, how far you are willing to push yourself both mentally and physically. Pioneers of this sport have continuously been conquering amazing feats. Jerry Meszewski broke the record for the longest line walked this past May at 1,621 feet. The highest line walked to date was 3281 feet high, walked by Christian Schou in 2006.
Photo Taken By: Howie Garber Photo: Larry Harpe, Navaho Sandstone Towers on BLM land near Moab, Utah
If you haven’t tried it, the question on your mind is probably “what’s the point?” While it is a great cross training activity and allows athletes to develop better balance and stronger core and leg muscles, it is an addicting adrenaline rush that gives you the opportunity to escape from everything. It takes major concentration and focus, and walking the line can be a very Zen like activity. While competitive slack lining has made a name for itself in the past few years, many of the best slack liners out there chose not to compete, but to push themselves to walk higher, longer lines for their own sense of accomplishment. If you aren’t a thrill seeker looking to balance on a one inch wide line a hundred feet in the air without a harness (only a very small percentage of the population has this screw loose), slack lining is an excellent activity to improve strength and balance, and to find some piece of mind.
You can slack line pretty much anywhere; all you need is 2 trees and some nylon webbing long enough to fit between them. Back yards and parks make for perfect settings, and slack liners can be seen at all sorts of festivals and events. Rock climbing meccas such as Yosemite, Joshua Tree and Moab, to name a few, have slack lines set up all over the place. Companies such as Balance Community have created a line of products specifically for slack lining, and offer kits that come with everything you need to get started. So even if you’re not a Patagonia clad, long haired climber bum, give it a try.
Caution: you may become addicted…or just wind up with some great abs.
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Photo Source: http://www.outdoorsportsteam.com/
Photo Taken By: Filmaker, Seb Montaz-Rosset
Photo Taken By: Hora De La Luz