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misanthropic_nihilist


Jun 19, 2006, 4:06 PM
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My First Highline!
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Just thought I'd post a picture of my first highline. I rigged it last week, and walked the whole length on my second day. The line is about 30' long and 50' high.

For those of you that care, there are actually three lines. The top line has the tension of a loose-slackline. The middle line was tightened with a 3:1 pulley system. The bottom line was hand tightened. Both ends of all three lines are tied off to the trees via high strength tie offs. The trees are about 2 feet in diameter at the height of the highline. I tie in with two ropes, overhanded together at 1ft intervals. The ropes are attached to the line via 2 steel rap rings.

http://static.flickr.com/...2_818bee1abc.jpg?v=0

...I shortened the leash after this photo was taken.


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Looks like a cool location.

How did you tie off both ends with high strength tie offs, and tension the line too? Did you prussic the tensioning system in, tighten, and then tie off?

I melted a line a couple days ago putting a kleimheist on it. The line faired fairly well but the cord I used took a few core shots, so it's days are done.

Cheers,
Niles

P.S. Just out of curiosity, how did you climb the tree? Doesn't look like there are many branches on the other trees in the photo.


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Congrats on the send!


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How did you keep the 3 lines from moving separately? I don't see any tape on the line.

Usually the lowest tensioned bottom line won't stay lined up perfectly if it is only hand tight, unless you tape them all together.


Nice send. :D


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Looks like a cool location.

How did you tie off both ends with high strength tie offs, and tension the line too? Did you prussic the tensioning system in, tighten, and then tie off?...

Yes. The 'ratcheting prussik" in the system was actually 3 somewhat equalized prussiks (4-wrap), tied off to the tree via munter-mule. After tensioning the lines, I wrapped the ends around the tree, and released the tension onto the HSTOs.

I was a little worried about melting the webbing by putting prussiks on it, but everything seemed to work fine. I was using 6mm nylon cord.


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P.S. Just out of curiosity, how did you climb the tree? Doesn't look like there are many branches on the other trees in the photo.

I got a rope into the tree arborist style: lead throwing weight and some small p-cord. It's all ascending after that. The hardest part of rigging a highline in the trees is having to hang from a harness while you're doing it.


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How did you keep the 3 lines from moving separately? I don't see any tape on the line.

Usually the lowest tensioned bottom line won't stay lined up perfectly if it is only hand tight, unless you tape them all together.


Nice send. :D

Thanks. The lines are taped together at either end. I don't know why I didn't tape in the middle, but it works out fine. Occaisonally the rap rings stick for a second, but it's not a big problem. The lowest tension line does sag about 1" below the other two lines.


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With a leash that long, what exactly do you do if you fall? I've never slacked with a tether but I figured it'd be short enough to still be within hands reach so you could hand-crawl to an end, but that doesn't look possible on yours.

I like that setup alot. I wish i had the skills for it, but i'm still working on it.


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ohh - my fault on the leash length, didn't see that caption.


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