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Besides using webbing what does slacklining have to do with climbing?
I know alot of climbers do it for fun, but alot of climbers drink for fun and I don't see a thread on that. :lol:


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Yeah but drinking is done by everyone, climbers or not (and actually, I think I have seen drinking threads).

As far as I know, slacklining was made up by bored climbers. Its inherently connected to climbing (although I'm sure there are a few non-climbers who do it as well).

Sit'n around at night at base camp, you throw a slackline between a couple o' trees, and off you go (until someone racks themselves... that usually discourages it for the rest of the evening).


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Man, like if you don't already get it then I can't explain it to you!



Really though I don't know what the hell they are talking about either. Maybe it's the new hackysack.

Something about getting good at it so you can walk accross 100 foot gaps acrross a canyon that's 1000 feet deep?


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You hit the nail on the head with a drinking forum. Lets belly up and tell everyone how much we can drink. We brag on climbing so we must brag on drinking.
On a good night the dancing shoes come out after a 6 pack. I'm drunk and not dancing well after a 12 pack. The flaming doctor pepper at bar time makes it impossible for me to pick up women on my way home. I wake up at 10 ready to climb. Next time I'll tell you more about my weekends. :lol:


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Slacklining has nothing to do with rock climbing. It's just an activity that some climbers like to do as a diversion. Afterall, if you've got the gear to do it, why not? Personally, I'm not a fan. Not yet, anyway. Maybe that's just because I'm much better at balancing on rock than on some silly line that wiggles all over the place.

The last time I got on a slackline (or, at least, tried to) was last Spring at one of the campgrounds near Owens River Gorge. I very nearly maimed myself on that thing! :oops:


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Man slacklining has helped me out big time with climbing. Balancing on small chips is so much easier, and made my legs stronger too. Also when my fingers hurt too bad to climb I can just slackline.


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Slacklining just isnít for balance; itís a mental trainer. If you can balance on 1" wide webbing then balancing on the wall is much easier. For the mental part it trains your mind and body to relax, and to control your breath. Before I started slacking I was top roping a 5.10 but now I can lead climb a 5.10d. I high recommend getting a slack line.
I use an Ethos and it is great.


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Slacklining just isnít for balance; itís a mental trainer. If you can balance on 1" wide webbing then balancing on the wall is much easier. For the mental part it trains your mind and body to relax, and to control your breath. Before I started slacking I was top roping a 5.10 but now I can lead climb a 5.10d. I high recommend getting a slack line.
I use an Ethos and it is great.

I couldn't agree more. I was stuck at a 5.9 until I started slacklining. I had been using power to get me through the moves to make up for lack of balance, but I didn't know it.

After I got good at slacking I noticed a major improvement in how comfortable I was on the wall and how I was able to concentrate on moves longer. While I'm still just a mediocre climber, I climb with much less effort and have a more fluid approach than before.

I'd also like to mention it's really good for beginners since it tones your abs and legs if you are a bit out of shape. I never noticed a burn myself but every newbie I've taught has always noticed a major burn in their abs and hips/thighs.


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Simply put: it's just good fun. Balance is a nice thing to develop, and the workout it gives all those little normally weak muscles in your legs and ass, is fantastic! Get's your abs too, to a degree. But the fun aspect is much greater than the workout aspect.

It's also cool to throw a line up in your frontyard, everyone looks at you like you're nuts but then you see a few people wanting to try it out, it's not like anything you'd normally see in someone's yard, right?
Mike...


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Slacklining has nothing to do with rock climbing. It's just an activity that some climbers like to do as a diversion. ... Maybe that's just because I'm much better at balancing on rock than on some silly line that wiggles all over the place.

Actually slacklining reminds me a lot of surfing. May be it's about letting go. Not being a control freak. Relaxing and being more totally in the moment. Not worrying about gear or rope drag. Anything with that RX will surely help my climbing.


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How bout we talk about drinking and slacklining. It doesn't work to well but makes for some good times with the friends and a few bruses in the morning. I suggest you all try it. If anyone can actually do it let me know, because if you can it means that I'm not as good on the line as I thought or you weren't drunk enough.


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Wow! And I've lived all this time as a climber not knowing what this was. The whole world seems so much brighter now that I know! So this is what they were doing behind Miguel's at the Red! Ahhhh! I see, said the blind man (err, person).
gina
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