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Slacklining - An Extreme Sport
Slacklining is a practice in balance that typically uses 1 inch nylon webbing tensioned between two anchor points. Slacklining is distinct from tightrope walking in that the line is not held rigidly taut (although it is still under some tension) it is instead dynamic, stretching and bouncing like a long and narrow trampoline.
The line's tension can be adjusted to suit the user and different types of webbing can be used to achieve a variety of feats. The line itself is flat, due to the nature of webbing, thus keeping the slacker's footing from rolling as would be the case with an ordinary rope. The dynamic nature of the line allows for impressive tricks and stunts.
The most common anchors for slacklines are trees. Trees greater than 12" in diameter are considered ideal in most cases. Bark protects the tree's vascular system, the cambium layer. Damaging the bark around a tree, such as with Girdling, would cause a tree to die. Therefore care should be taken to protect the tree from the repetitive rubbing of the tensioned anchor.
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