Tightrope walking has been around for centuries, but it’s been given a modern twist with slacklining.
“It stems from rock climbing in the
US. When climbers have a rest day they can use tubular nylon webbing, string it between two trees and balance their way across the webbing to improve balance and core stability,” says slacklining expert Rod Brooks. Slacklining uses a line up to 10m long and about 50mm wide. The line is flat and fixed between two trees with beginners setting the line about knee height.
“You lose your balance a lot while learning so have a spotter who stands beside you and hold on to their forearm or fist as you move across,” he says. “Touch off and on as you try and hold your balance but if you lose balance, your spotter can stop you falling.”