Right on the line: slacklining on Saint Peter's square

Right on the line: slacklining on Saint Peter’s square

Never tried a slackline? So let’s get down to it – Unisport will offer courses again in the autumn semester (Image: zvg).

The evening sun shines through the trees as we build the slackline. Running back and forth on the band, it can’t be that hard, I keep telling myself. However, I am very quickly taught otherwise.

Slacklining, balancing on elastic belts, appeared on the climbing scene in Yosemite National Park in the 1980s. From boredom, climbing equipment was transformed into a balance rope, and a new sport was born. After several decades, slacklining is spread all over the world.

In slacklining, you balance on a 2 to 5 centimeter wide piece of synthetic fiber tape, which is usually attached to two trees. It is used for therapeutic purposes as well as in creative contexts such as performances and performances. A slackline kit basically consists of a piece of webbing (no rope), two ropes, and a tensioning system (also called a “ratchet”).

Only a few people can do it without help at first (Image: Andrina Schmitz).

If you want to balance between two trees, you should also use tree protectors. We roll old yoga mats around the trees and stretch the slackline about 40 cm above the ground. For added security, the rest of the strap is closed again around the ratchet. Not much can happen now and it’s up to us to show how balanced we are.

Spins, jumps and other challenges

Instructor Philipp Spale gives us the three most important tips on the way: Look towards the tree, feet straight on the slackline and arms higher than your shoulders to keep your balance. So much for theory, now it’s time to put it to the test. Step by step we feel the way forward on different slacklines that are longer, shorter, more flexible or more wobbly. We try to overcome the entire distance from tree to tree, balance while sitting, stand up on the slackline and not fall as long as possible.

A man stands next to a slackline, another man balances

Instructor Philipp Spale gives tips (Image: Andrina Schmitz).

There are many different types and disciplines of slacklining. and trick lines they are between 15 and 30 meters long and very tense. The band feels like a trampoline. Whether it’s flips, spins or simply jumping from foot to foot, the trick line offers a wide range of options to try.

IN rodeoline the tape is anchored a little higher (2 to 3 meters) and hangs there so that it hangs almost to the ground. This allows you to stand in the middle, swing from side to side and practice acrobatics.

From a length of about 30 meters they are called slacklines long lines classified. The longer the lines, the more difficult it is to walk. The world record for fishing with a long line is over 600 meters in length – more than half a kilometer on a narrow plastic strip.

A man stands in the middle of a slackline and balances

The closer you get to the center, the more difficult it is (Image: Andrina Schmitz).

high lines they are established at great heights, for example between rocks or even peaks. It’s not just about balance, but also about overcoming your fear of heights. To protect against life-threatening falls, highliners double the harness with a second system (rope or other harness) and attach to these two systems.

Tired legs and happy faces

Time on Saint Peter’s Square flies like water, and after an hour and a half your muscles are tired and your concentration is slowly disappearing. It’s time to clean up. It was definitely fun and we all got to celebrate personal progress.

Andrina sits on the slackline

More complicated than you think (Image: zvg).

For all those who would like to challenge their balance: The slackline offer from Unisport takes place again in the autumn semester before the winter break.

Andrea Schmitz

During her stay abroad in Colombia, Andrina realized that politics is not as boring as she thought. Since then, discussions of current affairs have been as much a part of her daily life as dark chocolate and grapefruit juice. When she’s not working out, eating cold pasta, or shopping for new plants, she’s probably just had enough of city life and has taken to the mountains to find a balance between rhododendrons and ibex.

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