Today’s video demonstrates a few moves to practice. I made this video for my cousins who are progressing nicely in their slacking careers! The video shows a chongo mount, a middle of the line squat, kneeling on the line, and a squat in “exposure” (facing out perpendicular to the line).
Although we’ve had a ton of rain (that we need) these past few weeks, the sun came out today, YAY!! I thought it appropriate to get out ‘Le Petit Dragon Vert’ and start the season off right. Set the Dragon to 115 feet (35m) and had an hour or so of practice. The video for today shows one of my early attempts to walk. Later in the day I was able to get about half way across, but it is clear that I need way more practice on this type and length of line.
I recently took an interest in the Rodeo Line. For those who don’t know, “Rodeo Line” refers to a completely slack line who’s tension only becomes apparent once a slacker gets on the line. I have also seen this referred to as “Freestyle” slackline.
In any event, I took some line and set up a Rodeo in my basement – suspended between two of the poles that hold up the first floor of my home. These poles are about 20 feet apart, and the line attaches to the poles about 6 ft (1.8m) above the floor.
I had tried rodeo last summer/autumn, in the parks around town, but was never really much good at doing anything but standing for a second or two. Same was true the first day I set up in my basement. But after practicing for an hour or so, I was able to start taking steps.
Today we trekked to Vail, Colorado for the GoPro mountain games. These games inlcude events in river kayak, rock climbing, and, of course, SLACKLINE!!!! Gibbon was the major sponsor and there were competitors from around the world. I was able to get some video of a couple of great slackers, Jaan Roose, and Carlos Neto before my camera’s memory filled to capacity. Here is a short video from the events today. Good luck to all the competitors!
Recently watched some friends highline in a nearby canyon. Highline is another level of Slackline that gets people excited! I have yet to try out highline, but would like to some day. So far I’ve only tagged along to help setup or just watch others do it. I am intrigued by it because I see it as low impact and therefore fewer (although perhaps not less severe) injuries.
Here is a link to some video from the highline session.
Today we spent a few hours at the 2nd birthday party for Echo Brewing in Frederick, Colorado. Part of the celebration was a Slackline Competition featuring many great Slackers: Alex Mason, Zack Andrews, Marcus Nelson, Wes Duckworth, Martín Hernandez, Mickey Wilson, Justin Wagers, to name a few.
This past weekend, the kids over at Colorado School of Mines held a slackline festival. There were tons of slacklines set up, and people of all ages and skill levels participating in the fun! We were near this particular 150′ line, so I decided to practice my chongo mount. The video below shows one of my attempts. Although I did not walk far, I was mostly trying to mount the dang thing! Later in the day, I was able to walk 10 steps (at the opposite end of the line).
As a follow-up to my ‘let the season begin’ post, here is a video of my first try on a 50′ line for the 2014 season.
50/50: My first 50 foot line as a 50 year old! Plus, I figure I’ve retained about half of my ability after taking the winter off from serious slacklining.
The two videos below try to show the difference between my abilities toward the end of last season and what I’ve got left after taking the winter off. One thing to note, I only made it to the halfway point yesterday. True, the line from 2014 is more slack (difficult) than the line from 2013. In any case, I hope you are getting out there starting this Spring!
Today is the Vernal Equinox and I’d llike to kick off the Slackline Season with this video of an egg balancing on a Slackline. The weather is improving and great times are coming. Get out there and enjoy some balance in your life!