Apr 10

10 things you need to bring when slacklining

By Robin Avery
Every time I go outside to setup my slackline I forget something. Here is a list of ten ingredients that are sure to make your experience more enjoyable.

  1. Bring your slackline. There are many different rigging methods. When I’m cruising the beach-side on my bike, I prefer to bring the minimalist’s rig. It’s light and simple. Other times, when I’m rigging lines over 20 meters (65 feet) I like to bring my pulley blocks. They’re a bit heavier, but worth it when you’re working with long lines and need to adjust tension on-the- fly.
  2. Bring protection for the trees. Protecting the trees is of utmost importance. Slackline is still not accepted in many places. In fact, it has been banned in many parks around the world. Keep image of slackline a good one by protecting any trees you sling.
  3. Bring water and snacks. Slacklining takes a lot more energy then most people think. A nice day in the sun feels that much better when you’re well fed and watered.
  4. Bring a knife. Time and time again I need to cut webbing.
  5. Bring pen and paper. Slackline is a social activity and a great way to meet new friends. A pen and paper will be useful when that cute guy or girl wants to exchange phone numbers.
  6. Bring a mat to sit on. In Vancouver we get a lot of rain and the ground can often be quite wet.
  7. Bring a camera. When you are about to land that new triple backflip you’ve been working on all season, you’ll want a picture for bragging rights.
  8. Wear sandles. Socks are shoes are no fun when you’re playing in the sun.
  9. Bring a first-aid kit. As is with any (fun) sport, slackline does carry the risk of injury. Broken glass may be hiding in the grass. Some cloth tape, Afterbite, and band-aids will come in handy if you should cut yourself or be stung by an insect.
  10. Wear a smile! As a slackliner, whether you like it or not, you’ve become an ambassador and pioneer to an emerging sport. Inevitably, you’ll be approached be passer-bys who want to know why you’re training for the circus. Don’t scoff, instead, tell them what you’re up to, and tell them: slackline.com.
Slackline at Kitsilano beach in Vancouver, British Columbia

Slackline at Kitsilano beach in Vancouver, British Columbia

Robin Avery lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.  He enjoys climbing in Squamish, skiing, and slackline.
You can visit his blog at http://extremeginger.blogspot.com

Oct 2

Slackline Anchors 101

A little warning. While this anchoring system works great for low lines, do not use this method for a highline. If there is height or elevation involved and you are not confident in safe rigging methods, do not highline.

This tutorial was kindly syndicated from Martin’s page

Two types of anchors I have used. Again, these should only be used for lowlines.

  1. Make your webbing into a loop using a water knot, wrap the loop around the tree, clip the ends together with a biner.

    This is simple and lies flat, but you’re tri-loading your biner. For short lines, you may feel that you won’t have enough force to worry about. You’re also at the mercy of the length of your webbing. You can, of course, easily extend the length of your webbing with a girth hitched sling, but that’s seriously weakening your anchor.

  2. This is a more serious anchor
  • Fold your webbing in half, slide a rap ring on, clip a carabiner at the fold, wrap the tree, and put the tail of the webbing through the biner
  • Bring the tail up and over the webbing then back out the biner, and make a bight on the tail

  • Back it up by putting the bight under the webbing you just passed over the anchor

  • Pull it tight

This also lies nice and flat, but does require more gear. Hey, no more tri-loading! And you like having gear, don’t you? It’d be good to put a scrap of webbing around the biner to pad the metal/metal contact.

You can even use the munter hitch to de-tension the line to take it down. Just pull out the backup bight, take the tail away from the line (left in the picture) and let the tension out slowly. I’ve done this with 50 foot lines with major tension (with a 6-ish foot tail on the munter hitch).

Another benefit of this is that you can use the rap ring as your secondary anchor point.

Here I’m using a rescue pulley and static rope, but you can just run webbing between the biners.

Here I’ve girth hitched both the webbing and the static cord to a rappel ring, and clipped a biner & pulley to the ring. There are many variations you can do here.

Now just run the cord to the pulleys to make a 3:1 Z pulley.

Both methods here increase the strength of the anchor by having a double thickness of webbing. This helps to ensure that the anchor is not the weakest part of the system and also disperses the force of the anchor on the tree.


Oct 2

Padded Line Locker

Kindly syndicated from Martin’s page

Using chain links for line lockers has one major downside. They can do this to your webbing:

And it looks worse when it’s under tension!

So here’s my work around.
Get a few inches of webbing and sew it to your chainlink so it covers up the burr more_link_text

Aug 6

Tree Protection

by Scott Rogers

As more and more people are setting up slacklines in parks and yards across the country, it is necessary to stress the importance of tree protection. In my experience, many people don’t use tree protection, while others use it to an unacceptable degree. In order to prolong the lives of the trees that we use, and to promote the good-natured acceptance of the sport of slacklining, it is important to take care of the trees that we are allowed to use.

There are several different types of tree protection being used today, carpet, blankets, cardboard, pipe insulation, padded or non-padded 2 inch webbing, and some other innovative and creative designs. Obviously some are better than others, but protection is extremely important both for the health of the tree and for the longevity of the webbing.


Jul 30

How-to: Minimalist’s Slackline setup

Thanks to Martin for putting this together.

There are nearly as many ways to rig a slackline as there are slackliners. This is the way I do it to keep the line as flat as possible while using a small number of biners to keep the system nice and light.

DON’T make a highline with this

Basically, this is an Ellington system with a secondary 3:1 pulley. more_link_text

Apr 2

Line Locker: Eliminate All Knots

Edited by Scott Rogers


With a Line Locker, it is possible to set up a slackline with no knots. Furthermore it will be perfectly flat with no twisting whatsoever. more_link_text