After years of mocking slackliners for claiming that somehow slacklining has something to do with rock climbing - I have finally realised why a rock climber would want to do slackling. When I was 12 I could stand on a balance beam for 10 minutes on one foot without so much as a wobble. My balance is pretty bad these days, and I think it is part of what is resulting in me being so bad at climbing. Long story short - I want to give slacklining a go. It also looks quite fun (but rather difficult).
I've done some research, I see that you can either buy a kit such as the one MMO sells (https://www.mountainmailorder.co.za/ind ... uctId=2550
) or you can buy the webbing, 4 biners (which I assume you should never use for climbing due to the strain a slack line puts on gear and anchors), some water-knotted webbing (same stuff as the line itself I assume) and some abseil rings to make the hitch hold the line in place. Cardboard/old heavy duty clothes to save the gear from getting killed also seems to be necessary (and I see you mustn't do a slackline from a pillar over a swimming pool
Basically what I want to know is this:
- Is it better to get a kit or to just buy the stuff yourself and go from there
- Is there anything important that I need to know before I try something like this out
If there is someone in the general PMB area who has the gear for me to try this out on before I put my money into it, that would be great!
Please note: I don't want to take up highlining! Bouldering 2m off the ground is scary enough...
Thanks in advance