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fiend


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Dude! I love this topic! I'm all about balance.

Slack line walking. If you can walk the slack line then you've got balance coming out of your a$$. It's simple and relatively cheap to set up, all you need is two trees and about 50ft of webbing. Let me know if you want more info.

Cheaper, but less fun: stand on one leg. Bend forward, backwards etc. Do all kind of moving to test your balance.
Easy? from one foot, look straight forward, now throw your vision to the left, then up, then left again etc. this throws your visual clues way off and messes up your ability to balance.
Still easy? Eliminate the visual clues. Close your eyes and do all the aforementioned stretches etc.

Also I'd imagine martial arts or gymnastics would help as well.


marcsv


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fiend is right, before climbing i was into marial arts and that backgroud helps me on the balance part and focus.

also try yoga


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What exactly is slack line walking? Yeah, I know you need two trees and webbing, but what are the details? How is it done?


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Here's a site with some slackline info

http://www.geocities.com/Yosemite/Forest/2021/slacker.html

Can't remember what all is on there, but there is a really cool video of someone doing a backflip off a line.


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 I love slack line walking and its definetly helped my climbing. I have one set up at the climbing gym that I work at it goes from the bouldering wall to the lead cave, I just use bolt hangers in the T nuts to set it up.


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hmmm... looks like a Hellish wedgie just waiting to happen.

-Bryan


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Hey, I was watching the Discovery Channell the other day, and there was this video of Dean Potter slacklining across an eighty foot ravine thing. It reminded me of you fiend, cause you've talked about slack lining before. You should see it! Of course, he's got a piece of accessory cord attached between himself and the line, so he wouldn't die, but the fact that he could even do it was amazing.


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Ok, big deal, now do it DRUNK!!! Then you are the master of balance... Hee hee...

AW


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Yea, slacklining is great for balance. Try starting out with about 25 feet, it's a little easier. So, hardcoredana, what do you mean "of course" Dean had a cord attached to him. I've seen him walk the 50 foot line at the Rostrum (1000 feet high) with out any cord. In fact, he does it all the time. Also check out slackline.com for more info.


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Personally I have never tried slacklining, but other than improving your general awareness of balance I find it hard to believe that it is that applicable to climbing.

You don't get any anagrams, you don't learn a new rest position.

Don't get me wrong, if it's fun then thats all good, but I think there are other more usefull things you could do to improve your balance. I'd get into it but I don't have time at this exact moment. Perhaps later today though.

Paul


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Slack lining is not just about the balance. It helps with eye-body coordination. It helps you in the art of focus. Have you ever popped off that nubbin because you were thinking of something else? I think the main thing for me is, it builds strength. Your ENTIRE body. It build muscles in your feet that you didn't even know you had. Have you ever gotten "elvis" or "sowing machine leg"? Well, this happens because your muscles are maxed out, strained and your not relaxed. It's typical for someone to say they don't get it when they have never tried it. Hey, don't knock it until you try it.


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