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It’s August 2012, and right now I am up in the midlands of the UK, working with TriSlacklining.com – basically I help take the slacklining experience to kids of all ages, all over the place. And here are some of the things I have noticed:
- Fear as conceptual
It seems to be that a child’s concept of fear determines their actions. If a child has a preconceived belief that the slackline is scary, then they act accordingly. If it’s a new toy to play on, then they play. At even younger ages (4-7) it seems that primal factors such as height, are also subjected to being coneptualised as either scary or fun. There is no evidence to suggest that putting every child on a higher slackline will yield a result where they are all as scared as each other. Some of the kids shit themselves. Some of them love it.
I remember how fun it was to take part in all the games when I was a Beaver, and later on a Cub. Needless to say all the up and coming slacklining stars of the future were just as excited to find two slacklines to play on, for the 8th Holborn Scout Group Community Day!
Friends of mine Dean and Nadeem have been in the positive media spotlight for their highlining skills! Well done guys! This is actually one of the best representations of highlining that the media have done thus far – so extra well done to D and N for not letting them twist your words or get their facts wrong!
My favourite quote has got to be Dean’s “It’s an ‘ed game” !
Wow! What an awesome weekend for slacklining in London – Saturday 14th April was the official launch day for SlackClapham; a free slacklining club held weekly on Clapham Common. I’ve only been living in London for 4 weeks, but with a passion to provide a balance outlet for the local community and some help from slackers the world over, I have managed to get one club up and running quickly.
After spending a good three hours threading one slackline inside another, the natural tendency is to want to rig that line with as much tension as it can take!
Threaded tubular is fast becoming one of the juiciest lines to slack on, and with one of my friend’s homemade batch ready to go, we took it out to the park and began setting it up.
The inner line, 11/16 (‘ths of an inch) was in good condition, in a sexy turquoise colour. The outer line, 1 inch climbing spec tubular, however, was a couple of years old. Attaching the line to our 5:1 pulley system, 2 friends of mine began rigging over a 13-14m distance. Just as the tension was becoming too hard for 2 guys to pull (with one multiplier) I heard what sounded like static electricity – crackling noises coming from the line. Immediately my instinct was that it was due to a line fault, and I shouted over “Watch out! The line is going to snap!”. Lo and behold a second or two later, and BANG! The red tubular had snapped, leaving only the turquoise inner line behind.
We obviously hadn’t checked it well enough, and just assumed webbing that had been slacked on for two years with no problems, was a good choice to use for a threaded tubular experiment. Wrong!
It was pretty crazy – the friction from the snappage had melted the red tubular to the turquoise stuff! Good job that was all.
Just wanted to share that little episode with you, especially if you’re thinking of making your own threaded tubular slackline at home.
Rig safe slackers!