TEAR IT UP
Knot breaking by SLACKTIVITY
Author: Daan Nieuwenhuis
Break tests: Daan Nieuwenhuis & Samuel Volery
Pictures by: Daan Nieuwenhuis
Since a few years the low-tension lines have become more of a standard. This new style brings new styles of rigging, one of these is tying knots in the back up webbing. But what does a knot in webbing actually hold? How does the knot influence the breaking strength of the webbing? As SLACKTIVITY we also had the goal to test out multiple knots to connect our back-up webbing to the mainline in our Type B webbings (redTube & pinkTube). This is done by making a knot in your back up webbing, and connect it to a T-Loop with a quicklink.
WARNING: Knots can be complicated and hard to check properly. Don’t use them if you’re not 100% sure that the knot is correct, or if there is nobody that has the knowledge to double check it. Even after tying a knot 20 times, mistakes can still happen. Always double check each other rigs.
Many people who see a highliner on a highline for the first time, think that the forces are very high, especially when falling into the highline (leash fall). Since the slack ("sag") in highlining is not as limiting as in longlining over ground, most highlines are much less biased and this leads to lower forces than you would like.
Check out this video and write out of the tests we did:
The biggest dream and fear of every slackliner - Highlining attracts more and more slackliners. It's an disciplince within slacklining. It's diverse, fascinating, complex, scary but a lot of fun at the same time! Your mind, or your family thinks you're crazy, and that it's a ridicilous dangerous sport. But think about it. You're attatched to a slackline, with a backup, a breaking strength as low as 2 tons or 20kN. You're in the middle of the air. What can you hit? There's nothing you can fall on. It's not like climbing where you're close to the rockwall.
Thereby comes that you don't have to be an absolute pro to highline! There've been new comers to the highline sport, that mastered it within one year (our athletes: Les Farfadets, Louise Lenoble). This wasn't possible for them if there was not an experienced highliner with them to rig the lines safely.
So remember: You don't have to be an slackline expert to start highlining, learn the basics; (chongo-)mount, mantle mount and leashclimb and you're ready to go. You just have to have a few expert friends who can take you out highlining!
27 JulThis year Slacktivity will be at the Urban Highline festival in Lublin, Poland. The UHF is taking place between 25th of July and the 30th of July. We are happy to bring you your gear to the event. Make your order before the 18th of July and we could bring it for free for you!Read more »
In late September, an international team of adventurers met above the Todra Valley in Morocco to harness spectacular highlines in various lengths and heights, including the longest highline ever rigged, at this unique canyon. The previous highline world record was held by Nathan Paulin (F) and Danny Mensik (CZ), who ran in the south of France a line of 1020m.
In this video the Dreamwalkers, Tom Peek, Yuri Rhodenborgh and Jonas Konijnenberg are documented on a trip by filmcrew Venture Collective. They went to the French alps together with a sick camera; The RED EPIC X.3
Sam broke his record on the mountain Moléson, during a meeting of the very best highliners of the world. "We are here mainly to have some fun!" Sam continues: "I wanted to make one last try in the evening. I heard someone else walking on the parallel highline and this gave me the confidence that I wasn't alone out there. I stopped thinking, just counting my steps. It was a meditive state of mind!
In september 2015, Samuel Volery organized the second edition of The Highline Extreme. This year, Europe's best highliners met up with the intention to try and break several highline world records. Keep on reading and experience the event through the eyes of Samuel Volery!
Check out this extreme clip from Samuel Volery, attempting a highline record (537m) in Switzerland, while he gets confronted by the wrath of the thunder god!
Exposure 67 is a highline project from Slacktivity Slacklines. The team rigged a 54 meter highline on the Kreuzberg in Switzerland. It took 3 days to rig the line. The slackliners are Samuel Volery, Samuel Metzger and Salvatore Daniele.