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Old 07-17-2005, 09:22 PM   #1
Michael S. McCranie
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I just started downloading the old crossfit live shows. In the first one coach mentions adding slackline to CF. I heard about slackline a couple of years ago and thought it sounded fun but never got around to setting one up. After I listened to the show it gave me the motivation to go outside and set one up. Its a blast. And it was a lot harder than I thought it would be. Does anybody out there do slackline? If so do you have any tips on basic balance, standing on the line, or basic tricks. I'm having a lot of fun but would like to hear some advice from someone who has already figured this stuff out.
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Old 07-17-2005, 10:34 PM   #2
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I have slacklined a bit, you commonly see it being practiced in climbers campgrounds (along with hacky sack.) The tighter the line the easier it is for starting out. My one hint for walking on a slackline is to not look down or at your feet, but to a point straight out in front of you. Once you can get walking down next thing to try is changing directions. There is as many tricks you could do as you have imagination. (I've seen guys jump from the ground and land on the line, quite impressive.) They are great fun and obviously great for your balance.

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Old 07-17-2005, 10:46 PM   #3
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I've done some slackline playing around. I don't have a place where I do it regularly. Add juggling on the slackline for some real fun :-P
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Old 07-18-2005, 04:49 AM   #4
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Another thing I've been considering putting up. An old CFJ covers this and links to some slacklining websites, I believe Michael Street wrote the article. Check the FAQs for the issue.
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Old 07-20-2005, 06:39 AM   #5
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I've got a 20' slackline set up in my backyard. It probably took me longer to master it than all my other balance toys combined. Now my son and I are looking for a big tree to tree set up (harnessed of course) to challenge ourselves on.
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Old 07-20-2005, 09:02 AM   #6
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Yep, check out issue #27 (Nov 04) of the CrossFit Journal. Good tips, photos, links, etc.
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Old 07-20-2005, 01:11 PM   #7
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I don't know if there is interest in this but I stumbled across some very, very cheap nylon webbing that can be used for slacklining.
300 feet of 2" wide seat belt webbing for $25.99 compared to 100' of 1" webbing at for $25.00
It's at
They are a horticural supply company and the webbing is used in tree staking.
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Old 07-20-2005, 01:52 PM   #8
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A skateboard is much cheaper, cooler, and much easier to set up than a slackline. Just throwing that out there.

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Old 07-21-2005, 09:04 PM   #9
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My wife bought me a slackline when the CFJ about slacklining first came out. I love it. I took a little while to learn to balance but now I just put on my headphones zone out and walk the line. It is a great way to relax. If you want to learn about here are some links I have found:

Slackline forum @rockclimbing.com
Slackline forum @slacklinebrothers
Some movie clips here.
Check out the movie here called "crossing the line" The guy does a side split on the line.
Once you do it for awhile I felt most tricks like walking backwards, turning, jumping on come naturally as your balance gets gets better and if you push your limits every time you practice. Hopefully some of this helps.
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