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!
The next level - Longlinen is probably the most varied and most exciting (maybe expect highlining) discipline of slacklining. Whether beginner or pro - here you will find tutorials to expand your longline experience. Have fun on the narrow band! Feedback on the videos or ideas for new tutorials are always welcome.
On this page you'll find an overview of all the trickline tutorials out there made by Samual Volery!
The forces that occur during slacklining are composed of the preload force and the weight of the slackliner. This can be both static and dynamic. It is not possible to determine the forces without measuring device exactly - but one can calculate the forces in static slacklining with a formula approximately.
Here are some basic rules of the forces:
Get inspriration for you first steps, static- and dynamic tricks on a slackline! All the videos help you out to become a better slackliner, explained by Samuel Volery, Tobias Rodenkirch & Jonas Konijnenberg.
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!
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!
A slackline world record on marathon
Some months ago we started developing a new line. The goal was to have a line with:
- soft & rounded edges, so it feels nice under the feet
- rather low stretch, so it's easy to rig on big distances
- 3-layer-construction to have the outer fibres under less tension than the inner ones.
New longline world record on polyester! And the proof that 1% of a marathon can be walked on Marathon-webbing!
The Swiss Slacktivity athlete Angela Garcia is planning to go to the World Championship slacklining in Brazil. She tries to get a plane ticket via crowdfunding. Help Angela Garcia make it to the World Cup!