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  1. TN

    TN Hey baby, want a hot dog?

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  2. jimmydean

    jimmydean The Official Meat of Ridemonkey

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    Hippie on a wire. Awesome.
     
  3. reflux

    reflux Turbo Monkey

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    Join the circus hippie.

    edit: ninja'd
     
  4. boostindoubles

    boostindoubles Nacho Libre

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    get ready to smash your nuts
     
  5. TN

    TN Hey baby, want a hot dog?

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    re:hippies-starting to run & hike barefooted too. :p

    Re:nuts- not if I keep it 2 feet off the ground. :p
     
  6. sstalder5

    sstalder5 Turbo Monkey

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    I've slacklined for about a year. Learning to walk is the most difficult part. After that everything that doesnt involve jumping comes easily. I'm working on jumping now. The key is not to rush it and don't try to start out on a super long line. Keep the line less than 20 feet to start, then once you get the basics add some distance. Its all about your center of balance. slacklineexpress.com is where I bought all my stuff and they have some pretty helpful stuff on their website for beginners. Happy slacking!!! Also, music helps me alot for some reason. I guess it's the rhythm.
     
  7. jimmydean

    jimmydean The Official Meat of Ridemonkey

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    Start by playing the tight rope game on Wii Fit. That game taught my daughter how to balance her bike without the training wheels on.
     
  8. wyatt79m

    wyatt79m Chimp

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    holy shizbit, that looks crazy.
     
  9. dump

    dump Turbo Monkey

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    On any given weekend, there are no less than 20 different groups with lines set up between trees in the park. Would love to give it a try sometime.
     
  10. HAB

    HAB Chelsea from Seattle

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    I've tried it a few times. I'm pretty terrible, but it's fun to mess around with. I've got a couple friends into it.
     
  11. sneakysnake

    sneakysnake Monkey

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    I'm not very good. But I've got some webbing to set everything up. All you really need is a long length and a short length of webbing and two big locking biners and you can set one up.
     
  12. jdcamb

    jdcamb Tool Time!

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    A friend of mine has a setup in his Dads old commercial building. Initally we had it set up about 3' off the floor. We worked it up to 8' and now I can't seem to make the last 5' of a 32' line. I cannot figure it out. I just freeze and fall at the finish. Very frustrating! When it was 3' of the ground I could make it no problem. His 12 year old sister can practically dance on the thing. Quite amazing to watch actually. Fun stuff. I enjoy it very much.
     
  13. Bushwhacker

    Bushwhacker Turbo Monkey

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    I have had one up on and off for about 2 years. The kids love it and it definately helps with balance...I suck at it.
     
  14. bizutch

    bizutch Delicate CUSTOM flower

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    Oh wow. Think I could get someone at the climbing shop to show me how to set this up myself and it be way cheaper? My girls would love this.
     
  15. CBJ

    CBJ Turbo Monkey

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    I have no idea what goes on in the world.
     
  16. sstalder5

    sstalder5 Turbo Monkey

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    Kits are only like $40. And that includes the ratchet which is a must have if you don't plan on having 5 guys with you to tighten it. I put my kit together with a ratchet, 50 ft of webbing and a cam strap I already had for about $30. But if you need to buy everything for it it would be about the same price to get a kit.
     
  17. eaterofdog

    eaterofdog ass grabber

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    Tightrope walking. Can't we just call it what it is?

    This, on the other hand, deserves a cool name.

     
  18. sstalder5

    sstalder5 Turbo Monkey

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    :think: So much stupid in one post...

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  19. eaterofdog

    eaterofdog ass grabber

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    I'll take your word for it, I've seen your threads and you are definitely the authority on stupid.
     
  20. rockofullr

    rockofullr confused

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    lol at a slack line "kit" all you kneed is old retired webbing and carabiners.

    If you set it up right it will "ratchet" on it's own and only need 2 or 3 people, tops, to set it up.
     
  21. bizutch

    bizutch Delicate CUSTOM flower

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    where is this magic retired webbing? Nursing homes for nylon straps or assisted webbing facilities? But seriously, where do you get that crap local?

    I like having my own yard as a playground for my kids. We've got all sorts of fun stuff around the house to keep them entertained and active. This would be one more. :thumb:
     
  22. sstalder5

    sstalder5 Turbo Monkey

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    Im pretty sure REI sells tubular webbing in the climbing dept. As for retired webbing I have no idea, I'm not sure where someone would use long stretches of it for anything besides slacklining. In my climbing gear the only thing I use webbing for is slings and those are no more than 5'. Also anything that's retired, is retired for a reason, its up to you if you want to put 1000lbs of tension on worn out webbing but keep in mind how painful it will be when it breaks :eek:

    edit: here it is: http://www.rei.com/product/737298

    34 cents a foot or 30 ft for $12.45
     
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  23. IH8Rice

    IH8Rice I'm Mr. Negative! I Fail!

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    ive always wanted to try this but since i blew my ear drum out years ago, my balance is still horrible
     
  24. Al C. Oholic

    Al C. Oholic Monkey

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    streetwalking?
    oh wait, is that already taken?:rolleyes:
     
  25. bizutch

    bizutch Delicate CUSTOM flower

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    I've got 3 commercial grade bulldozer tie downs that my old contractor left here at the house. I'm thinking they're the same thing. Anyone want to warn a hillybilly if I'm deluded.
     
  26. TN

    TN Hey baby, want a hot dog?

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    us noobs got to start somewhere & i dont know anyone who slacklines, so it made total sense to me....plus i want something east to set up.

    i've read tie downs aren't quite the same. maybe someone who knows why can chime in.
     
  27. sstalder5

    sstalder5 Turbo Monkey

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    your right! most tie downs are going to be flat webbing instead of tubular. Regular webbing will curl up under tension. Although if this is just for your kids you might be able to have it loose enough to keep it flat. Also if its the kind of tie downs Im thinking of its probably 2'' webbing instead of 1'' which isn't necessarily a bad thing for kids and beginners. good luck! :thumb:
     
  28. jimmydean

    jimmydean The Official Meat of Ridemonkey

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    Gawd, I hope it isn't for TN's kids! :rofl:
     
  29. bizutch

    bizutch Delicate CUSTOM flower

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    sstalder5 Turbo Monkey

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    Here is the exact same thing except it comes with purpose built tree slings which make setup 10x easier (you don't have to loop your mainline around the trees) and it comes without all the namebadging and from a much more reputable company. All for a whopping 1 cent more.

    http://www.slacklineexpress.com/cat...d=198&osCsid=9e440f66f87e1e7416144ed831cc19dd
     
  31. laura

    laura DH_Laura

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    Don't worry about the name badging, it rubs right off all over your hands the first time you set it up.

    We have been having a blast with ours. Spent five hours on it a couple of days ago and almost made it all the way across by the end of the day. It is amzing what it does for balance and core strength.
     
  32. Serial Midget

    Serial Midget Al Bundy

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    I could never do that, my right testicle makes it impossible for me to balance.
     
  33. Westy

    Westy the teste

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    Try boxer-briefs, less of a trip hazard for a man of your age.
     
  34. jimmydean

    jimmydean The Official Meat of Ridemonkey

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    Or tuck it into your sock.
     
  35. Westy

    Westy the teste

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    Wear'em over your shoulder like a sash.
     
  36. laura

    laura DH_Laura

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    You really shouldn't try to walk a slackline in socks. Could be more of a hazard than tripping over your nut sack.
     
  37. sstalder5

    sstalder5 Turbo Monkey

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    or he could forget the slackline and tie his nuts between two trees :thumb: