Slacklining is a sport and art that can be a balance training, recreation, and a moving meditation. It is similar, at first glance to tightrope walking, and is accomplished by stretching and tensioning a 1”– 2” wide length of nylon/polyester webbing between two anchor points, most often trees. Its origin has most commonly been attributed to the rock climbing community in Yosemite National Park as a way of passing time while maintaining concentration, fitness, core strength and balance skills.
Although the sport originated over 40 years ago, the last 5–10 years has seen a great leap in newcomers, slacklining groups, advancements in technologies, methods and exposure for the sport through mass and social media outlets. World-wide interest in slacklining has steadily increased over the past 10 years. Meanwhile, the sport has transformed from traditional “primitive” slacklines into a growing collection of variations.