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rodeomountain


Jun 6, 2003, 6:42 AM
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How do you get a slackline tight?
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My little brother wants to learn how to slackline, so I'm going to ask a few questions for him.

1. In the pics I've seen, it looks like 1" webbing is being used. Is that what he's going to need or can he use a climbing rope.

2. How do you get the rope tight enough to walk on and what knots do you use?

He saw someone doing this in Mexico last year and has been wanting to do it ever since.

Thanks for your help.


alvchen


Jun 7, 2003, 5:05 PM
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I love this tightening system:

http://dod.xmission.com/slackline/slackline.html

Use 1" webbing

You can also use the search option to see other tightening systems.


evoltobmilc


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That's the best tightening system I've ever used. In addition to that I would say this: On the other end, use a butterfly knot with a long tail, loop the extra end around the tree, through the loop of the butterfly, and use a mule hitch to secure, all before tensioning. then, to take it down all you have to do is pull on the mule muenter to release all the tension. E-mail me if you're unclear. Have fun!!
David


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Looking at the Ethosclimbing site (ethosclimbing.com), its pretty easy to adapt their 2 carabiner system in the how to section.
The walkable section comes to a clove hitch or overhand on a bite, which is clipped into carabiner one. Carabiner two is attatched to the sling around the anchor at the tightening system. By wrapping the extra tape from the past the clove hitch or other knot between the two carabiners, inside itself, (so that the working end is inside the coil, and the end that goes to the clove hitch is outside), you can create a four to one, or more system using 2 carabiners. now the really cool part is that having the free end inside the coil makes the "mechanism" self locking. tie extra around entire coil with half hitch, and its just that easy.

~Jesse


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Aug 25, 2003, 6:06 AM
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Check my last reply here:

http://www.rockclimbing.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=34508


on_sight_man


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This is an illustration of what rradam was talking about. The black circle is the tree and the two ovals are biners.

http://www.rockclimbing.com/...p.cgi?Detailed=16812


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I use a come-along(hand winch) atttached to one side and just crank it down. It's very simple and cheap ($15), and sets up in two minutes.


phishy_climber


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I use a alpine butterfly on one end w/10' feet of webbing so that it will fit any size anchor and on the other side I use a system similar to the 3 biner but with an extra biner.4 biner system This gives you a good bit of mechanical advantage and allows you to easily take out the clove hitch. I really like this setup because the only permanent knot is the alpine butterfly and if you leave a lot of webbing from the knot to the end you can set it up on a wide range of anchor sizes. The line is always flat, too.


braon


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I'm extremely lazy and have a lot of gear, so I use a 14:1 hauling system (my grandma could tighten my 90 foot line by herself!). Check my post here. If the line's shorter, I use a simpler system (but not too much simpler ... I'm really lazy)


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