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I'm going to set up a high line soon and I just wanted a few tips to make it as safe and fun as possible, any advice would be great.


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Better to start by reading through one of the miriad of posts about slacklining here, of check slacklining.com.


Also, you should start low to the ground before you try a "high-line". If you don't know the particulars of a slackline, a "high line" is a bit over your head. (all pun intended. )


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when i started out, i used a chainfall, or mechnical hoist, to quickly and efficently adjust the tightness and hieght of the line. you can buy one for $200.00 or use a come-along. it is too heavy to tote around but at home, it rages...

IMHO, it is nice to practice 2 feet above the ground with no fear of the NUTBASH. after you can do some tricks (jump on, change diretions(spin), standstill for 120 seconds) and walk 40-60 continuous feet you're probably ready to setup a highline with a TR above...


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why would you waste the $$$$ on a come along or anything else to tighten it up with....you can use 2 to 4 biners and make a pulley that way...of course you will have to tighten it after you walk it a few time since the webbing will stretch but im sure the same would happen no matter how you tightened it up...you should be able to pick up about 40' of 1" webbing for about $10-14 and a few ovals for about $35..at the most you will spend $60 on it as opposed to the $200 for the come along or whatever you have and is portable....
just know that once you use the webbing and biners for the slackline they really arent good for climbing..the amount of stress on them once they are tightened and you the average personof 175lbs is in the middle the total strain is probably around 2000lbs
just something to think of


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I know this is sortta off topic, but I gotta vent.

Slacklining (or slackliners) are out of control!!!! I was out at J-Tree last weekend, and people had lines up everywhere!!! A few were cool and well thought out. But people were doing totally lame things, like trying to rig a line between two J-Trees out by Gunsmoke. Common idiots, are you trying to get banned or what? Or people drillings new bolts for lines at Josh when bolting is such a sensitive issue. Get a clue all you wanna be Dean Potters, be low key like Dean and think about what you are doing.

As for the high line, use triple webbing or die.


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why spend $$$$ you ask?

because it is easy! i use mechanics at home because it is easy and quick. i can adjust my line very quickly. f'ing around with biners and such is ok if i am in the field otherwise, give me all the advantages i can get... plus, i adjust my climbing wall and tree in my gym with the same tool

i find temperature flux has big impact on the line, it needs adjusted all the time...


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It's quicker than you think...

I out a line up on Lew's (clymber, from above reply) patio in only two minutes.

Yep... Just 2 minutes, and we were walking.


I know it's a bit blurry, but my wife and I set up this line at a park a week ago in just 2 minutes also...
(gear used: 40' of webbing and 2 biners)


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yeah, you just wanted to show off your pics...


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i can put the chainfall line 1 foot off the ground and crank it enought to keep it off the ground. it is nice to stay low for skill building.

how tight are you getting your system?


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The line Adam and I put up using the post of the porch on each side is about 24' long 2' off the ground we used 2 biners and its tight enough for both him and I to stand on it and not touch ground...i weight 155 and Adam about 180 i think...thats more then tight enough for one person to walk on it and we were also able to jump onto it with out it botteming out


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what size webbing are you using? mine must be stretchy or something. it is long, 50 feet or so. 1" tubular


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My husband and I can get the line pretty tight, with about 12" of drop in the middle of 25'. The two biners give a 3:1 ratio to tighten it.


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I used 1" flat. I have tried tublar at the gym the other nite and it seems to stretch alot but we are setting up about a 35' one so i dont know if that made a difference or not


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I use 1" tubular. I think your is too Lew... Check the ends.


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If you can, find somewhere that you can run a rope overhead. Not only does this give you somthing to grab onto the first time you walk to build confidence, but it also gives you piece of mind knowing that a rope will actually hold of if you tip! Sure, 3 lengths of webbing sounds safe, but once you get up there...thats gonna be the first thing you worry about. You can also get a taste of high lining before you go out and spend another $40 on webbing.

Cheak and double cheak your system before you go out. And right when you think your ready, cheak again...keep thinking!


Now go out and sh*t your pants!


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Wasn't Ammon going to wirte an article on how to set up high lines? I've done lots of lines, but never above ten feet off the ground, partly because it's hard to get higher over here.

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Look up "Tyrolean traverse" in Mountaineering, Freedom of the Hills...

Rig that on some trees before you do a live run...


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Here Ammon walks a "highline" made of "tripple 1" tubular webbing. This is over a 1,000 feet up in Yosemite...



Ammon has several pics of him walking "highlines", check here to see.


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how long is the rostrum line?

what is the longest line typically walked?

what is the average?


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