What is slacklining?

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.

Adam Grosowsky and Jeff Ellington in Yosemite in the early 80s
Adam Grosowsky and Jeff Ellington in Yosemite in the early 80s

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. slackline styles