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In-Depth Night – Slacklining

 

Introduction:

Welcome to In-Depth Night! I hope you’ve been having a great time looking at all our projects. My name is Tyson, and I’ve been working on slacklining for the past few months. Since Middle school I’ve been practicing many different circus performances and skills. I came across slacklining because of my past experience with circus skills as well as my interest in rock climbing.

What is slacklining?

Slacklining is similar to walking on a tightrope but provides a completely different experience compared to one. Many tricks performed on a slackline look similar to jumping on a trampoline due to the nature of it.

A slackline is a 1-2 inch wide length of webbing that is connected to two anchors, which are usually trees. Unlike a tightrope, slacklines are, as the name suggests, slack. The line itself has slack in it rather than being completely tight all the way across. While standing on a slackline, it is bouncy, and feels like standing on a narrow trampoline.

It is thought of as originating from the rock climbing community for a way to pass time. It builds concentration, core strength and overall balance skills. Over the past few years, it has evolved as a sport and there are various variations of slacklining now.

Please enjoy my progression video!

Notes about the video:
Near to the end of the video I had some fun and tried various juggling skills on it just for fun. Overall, this project went quite well, and I enjoyed it a lot.

Special Thanks:

For this project and all the progress, I would like to thank my mentor, Hayden, for all the help he’s given. He is an amazing mentor and I hope to work with him again in the future.

Thanks for watching! Please leave a comment or a question in response to my  post! Please enjoy the rest of your night!

 

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20 Comments

  1. cquach June 2, 2021

    Thank you, Tyson..what a fascinating sport! I love the story of its development and not it’s a sport in and of itself. I noticed that you wore shoes when you were slacklining…did you try it without shoes…good or bad idea? Love the juggling at the end…mad skills!

  2. dsalisbury June 1, 2021

    Nice work Tyson… of all the things that I have tried that I was miserable at, Slacklining is the most obviously impossible to me. It looks like you really improved over your time working on it. I’m sure you have even more respect for those people who slackline over gorges etc. It’s mind blowing. Very cool!

    • Tyson Z June 1, 2021 — Post Author

      Hi Mr. Salisbury! I’d like to work on it even more, so that I can comfortably slackline without too much difficulty. It has taken a lot longer to learn than I initially thought though! Thanks.

      Tyson

  3. Mike June 1, 2021

    Hello, Tyson Zadravec. I really enjoyed your presentation. Please expalin the most memorable aspect of your in-depth experience and provide at least 3 supporting details to back up your main point.

    (JK, really awesome work! I can tell you put in a lot of effort to master slacklining!)

    • Tyson Z June 1, 2021 — Post Author

      Haha, thanks Mike! I’d say the most memorable part of this experience was meeting many people along the way. Because I mainly practiced outside the back of the climbing gym, many climbers came to talk to me about it. Many of those people also slacklined or wanted to try, so I had a lot of fun learning from others.

      Tyson

  4. Grace June 1, 2021

    Tyson, I really liked seeing your progress slacklining! The video was really well done 🙂

  5. 125-mbettauer June 1, 2021

    Massive respect (or should I say, massive props) for learning all that! Just balancing is so impressive, but walking, carrying spinning plates, and juggling? Wow! Awesome In-Depth project

  6. Justin June 1, 2021

    I immediately recognized the song lol, bullet train fantasy I’m guessing?
    Sick video, it does a great way showing your progress through in-depth and you did a great job explaining what slacklining and I like how it ties back to rock climbing too.
    👍

    • Tyson Z June 1, 2021 — Post Author

      Thanks Justin. You were correct with the song! I found it while looking for large playlists of songs. I appreciate the feedback.
      Tyson

  7. Meagan Brooks June 1, 2021

    You are always looking for new challenges. Your patience in concurring new skills is admirable. As with rock climbing I know this slack lining is way more difficult than you make it look. What’s next?

  8. anonymous June 1, 2021

    juggle boy upped his game

  9. Masa June 1, 2021

    Nice work! You have some crazy balancing skills.

  10. David June 1, 2021

    Nice job Tyson! I really enjoyed your video! Very impressive presentation, and your video really captured your dedication and growth. How long overall would you say you spent on this skill? 10 hours? 50? more?

    • Tyson Z June 1, 2021 — Post Author

      It’s just a guess, but I spent a minimum of 2 hours per week on slacklining over the past few months, so I’d guess at least 50 hours so far. I hope to continue working on it more to become fully proficient sometime.
      Tyson

  11. Lucas June 1, 2021

    Hi, Tyson! I loved your video. Is it true that slack lining originated from rock climbers?
    Great work!
    Lucas

    • Tyson Z June 1, 2021 — Post Author

      While it’s not 100% certain, from what I’ve read most slackliners agree that it originated from climbers. It started with rigging ropes similar to a tightrope, but because of the type of rope, there was a lot more slack in it. Slacklining is still fairly new as a skill, so more history will emerge eventually.
      Tyson

  12. Mulder June 1, 2021

    Your video tells your story. You never give up and keep trying. What a great choice of projects for you. Where do you hope to take this next?
    Mulder

    • Tyson Z June 1, 2021 — Post Author

      HI Ms. Mulder!

      In the future I hope to further improve my ability to slackline and maybe try to do some tricklining. Tricklining is more similar to trampoline tricks in a way. If possible I’d like to maybe setup the slackline over water if I can find a good spot.

      Otherwise I just want to continue enjoying every skill I’ve learned.
      Tyson

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