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Slackline
#1
Anyone tried it?
Apparently the balance skills involved translate well to mtb, thinking of setting something up in my garden.
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#2
I've tried it as it's fairly popular in the climbing community. Pretty difficult to start off with but you get the hang of it pretty quickly. Slackline kits are stupidly over priced also. I think you'll get bored of it pretty quickly. I did.
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#3
I've done this, as Jreload says it's popular with climbers. It's also fairly fun but you'll need two sturdy trees in your garden and when you fall off it can hurt, sometimes quite a lot as the line can whip you a bit. It's also much more of a summer thing, as you'll be doing it barefoot. This is epic slacklining, way beyond anyone I know, it's really hard to begin with.

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Me, not being very extreme...


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#4
Forget all that slacklining malarky. Just go straight for the chain surfing....  Wink

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#5
Saw some people doing this at Windfest in Poole. Looked kind of boring to be honest, until one particularily bendy girl came up and started doing backflips and cartwheels along it.  Wink

Wouldnt call it expensive, all they had were two ends to anchor on (two trees would do) and a large ratchet strap pulled nearly taught. Change from £15.
2010 Canyon Aeroad 9.0 SL
2014 Specialized Epic Marathon
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&quot;alkali&quot; Wrote:I've done this, as Jreload says it's popular with climbers. It's also fairly fun but you'll need two sturdy trees in your garden and when you fall off it can hurt, sometimes quite a lot as the line can whip you a bit. It's also much more of a summer thing, as you'll be doing it barefoot. This is epic slacklining, way beyond anyone I know, it's really hard to begin with.

[media width=500]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDTwQGEeGZc[/media]

Me, not being very extreme...

Judging by that vid, 5.10's are big in the slacklining world too!
2010 Canyon Aeroad 9.0 SL
2014 Specialized Epic Marathon
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#7
Who'd of thought an entire community of geekage could be formed from a stretch of elastic.

I think only hot chicks should do it only.

This would mainly benefit tightrope walkers and people who are bored in the summer.......... Wink
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£60 or so, not too much if you actually use it. Weird to see all the 5.10 / trainer wearers on the vid above, I did it barefoot, I think that's the usual way, it seemed to give more feel. Maybe you progress to shoes, then move to SPDs...

Don't be tempted to set one up without the correct kit, there has to be a LOT (I'm talking a serious flip-load) of tension in the line, which increases when you stand on it. If something breaks then there's metal comin' atcha (Cleopatra) also the amount of tension can make it hard to detach the ratchet mechanism, so it's worth keeping a little screwdriver with the kit to ping the ratchet open.
Keep it foolish...
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