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Learn to Slackline
While rope walking has been around for thousands of years, the familiar art of slacklining along a taut length of tubular nylon webbing was invented in the early 1980s by two Yosemite rock climbers, Adam Grosowsky and Jeff Ellington. Slacklining refers to the act of walking or balancing along a suspended length of flat webbing that is tensioned between two anchors. Slacklining is similar to slack rope walking and tightrope walking.
Have you already bought your first line and set it up? Then it is time to learn how to walk it! We'll present you an effective technique to learn slacklining as quickly as possible, and also some helpful related tips.
Learning a new skill is always difficult at first – but don't worry! Remember learning how to ride a bike? Very frustrating in the beginning but really easy after some practice. And it's the same with slacklining.
So think positively, stay relaxed and have fun. Keep on trying and you will succeed – patience is the key.
With or Without Shoes?
Mostly it is better to start barefoot as you'll get better contact with the line and learn faster. However, as you gain more skill and begin trying various tricks and stunts, you would probably switch to shoes to protect your feet when landing (also, wearing shoes becomes a necessity when the ground is not safe for landing barefoot).
When using shoes, tie the laces tightly so your feet don't wobble in them. Also check the sole for any stuck sharp rock pieces – they can damage the line.