A Quick Slackline Session

28 02 2011

Clear Creek is right down by my house, so I usually walk along the creek to clear my thoughts and get some exercise. As I’m walking I can’t help but notice spots to slackline across at different parts of the creek. The issue with a line across the creek lies with the kayakers and tubers.  Over the years the City of Golden has transformed Clear Creek into an atmosphere of all sorts of fun, from barbecues to reading a book, floating the creek via inter-tube or kayaking, there is something for every one. There is even slacklining between trees. So the issue would be slacklining over the creek. In the summer the creek definitely belongs to the tubers and kayaks. Setting up a line would be ill-advised due to the safety hazard it presents. Most lines that could be set up along the creek would be low enough to snag or clothesline a tuber or kayaker. In this case, I would be more concerned with the line disruption that the kayaker or tuber would create by running into the line and the the end result would be me falling off of the line.
Since it is February there were no tubers or kayakers in sight. So it was time to attack. The line ended up being 80ft long and about 6 ft off the ground. I managed to get Mickey and Tom from the CSM slacklining club to join Teresa and I. The setup was easy, the only thing that could have been done differently was making sure there were no twists, as there was one full twist in the line. This was a great opportunity to get a quick session in before the slackline road trip throughout the states that started the next day. Mickey and I both managed to walk the line without getting wet and as for Tom, he gave it a valiant attempt, but did not make it to the other side. Nonetheless it was a great way to spend a Thursday afternoon with a quick slackline session before a long road trip.
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Written by Josh Beaudoin







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