Ever wonder if you have what it takes to join the circus? Slacklining might be one way to find out.Slacklining is a relatively new sport that has risen in popularity in recent years. It is similar to tightrope walking, except it is done on a slack — rather than tight — length of flat webbing. The available stretch and bounce creates a more dynamic line. The line is typically hung low to the ground using any number of anchors, though most commonly with large trees.
To create a slackline that is easy to set up and take down, you can purchase a slackline set, which typically costs between $30-$70. Once your line is up, it’s time to start walking. An experienced slackliner makes it look easy, but chances are you’re going to do some wobbling and falling before successfully walking from one end of the line to the other. Strategies for beginners can be found online and include going barefoot, having a friend walk alongside you for support, focusing on a single point rather than looking at your feet, putting your arms out and keeping your knees bent.
Double Dare: Learn some tricks. Once you master walking your slackline, try doing 180s, sitting on the line or even holding a yoga pose.