Apr 10

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

6 comments so far...

  • Jonathan Hung Said on April 12th, 2009 at 11:03 pm:

    Robin,

    I never thought of slack-lining as a sport that could be banned. It’s good to see you slackline conscientiously and protect the trees. Makes me wonder if rock-climbers protect the stones they put harnesses in…

  • Robin Said on April 15th, 2009 at 11:12 am:

    It makes a lot of sense to protect trees because they are…well…alive.
    In the early days of climbing a lot of famous “classics” were heavily damaged from the use of pitons that were hammered into the rock. There is also a lot of controversy about marking up the rock with chalk, for example, there are places in the Czech republic where you are not allowed to use chalk or any protection made from metal. crazy!

    LEAVE NO TRACE

  • Tim Said on September 6th, 2010 at 7:07 pm:

    +1 for protecting the trees. I’m a bit sad that you guys chose a picture of slacklining where no tree protection was used, though. Ideally you wouldn’t have any pictures like that on your site at all.

    Tim

  • Samuel Said on March 11th, 2011 at 1:36 am:

    I think protecting is very important. Thanks a lot. This rally help me. This is what I found Slackliner. Check this out.

  • Slacken Said on July 7th, 2011 at 2:08 am:

    Nice tips for new Slackliner =)
    to protect the trees is a very good point! i use it everytime but many of my friends don’t use the tree protection, so we were banned from many places at the university for example! :(

  • Denise Said on October 15th, 2011 at 6:12 pm:

    When is the next slacklining meetup in Vancouver? I’d like to try this sport.

    Best regards
    Denise

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