Have you seen trapeze artists walking on a tight rope and balancing themselves precariously in circuses and in local village fairs? I am sure you watched with fascinated awe and with bated breath as the artists performed their daredevil stunts!
Well, there is a name for this daredevilry – Slacklining. It is a sport where a small flat sturdy rope usually made of nylon is tied between two points or two trees. In this dynamic game called Slacklining, you are required to balance yourself and walk down this rope from one point to another point.
Slacklining is normally practiced in city parks, in your backyard or garden, in countryside farmhouse gardens, on university campuses and the more gutsy ones of the lot practice their dare bare tight rope walks some 3000 feet above the level of the ground.
And why do people do it? As you can understand, Slacklining is a fun activity for those who seek adventure and thrill. Some people pursue this sport for obvious athletic and sporting benefits. There are also people who are followers of this sport for a meditative objective.
You can sharpen your awareness skills through this sport. It ensures Great fun and is a great tool for teambuilding. And of course, it is a great idea for a family or company event. Naturally this sport is becoming popular all over the world.
If you are extremely adventurous, then you can tie the rope across 2 posts or 2 trees keeping the rope suspended over water (of a shallow pond or lake or pool) and walk over it. The more fainthearted ones can tie the rope a few inches above the ground.
There is a lot of similarity between high wire walking or tight rope walking and Slacklining. The only difference is that tubular nylon webbing is used in case of the latter. Slacklining has ceased to be the monopoly of daredevil acrobats and is slowly entering the lives of common people.
It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that the slackline revolution will take the world by storm in the next few years. Some of the stuff you require for Slacklining are beginner slackline kits, runners, superior quality sewn slackline though the dreaded truck ratchet is hardly required.
You can easily avail of slackline kits via online stores. Slackline kits cost around $ 75 to $ 80 in USA or 64 euros or 58 pounds. The contents inside slackline kits are usually a ratchet that is fixed to a band 2 meters in length and a 15 meter long band that is 5 cm in width. There are also full detailed instructions inside each box. And the colors are variable.