Stewardship, conservation and slacklining

20 10 2011


Normally one would think that the words stewardship and conservation have little to do with slacklining. Well, that is not  case. Since most slacklines are set up in the park, over the water or between two cliffs that are ridiculously high off the ground the position for stewardship and conservation is a must in the slackline community. When we slackline at the park we must wrap our trees and make sure that the trees we are slacklining on are big enough to support the slackline. When we slackline over water we must be mindful of the trash  we pack in, so we can pack it out and leave our rivers clean pristine. When we highline we must consider the eco system and use the trails provided as well as pack out trash.  Though most slackliners practice these concepts we have a great opportunity to spread this great knowledge on to the next slacker that joins this already positive community!

Working closely with the Colorado Mountain Club and their youth programs, Slackline Visions was invited to come help facilitate a stewardship and conservation workshop put on by Lisa Cashel the Lands Partnership Manager at the Colorado Mountain Club. Slacklining was there as a another station for the volunteers to experience.

The workshop was located at North Table in Golden, Co, where people come from all over to climb the basalt cliffs above. Mostly sport climbing with a few trad-routes, the destination serves as a a place for beginners as well as tough problems for even the strongest climber.The approach to the crag is mellow and because the cliffs are south facing, the weather year round is good nine times out of ten.  Due to all of this North Table sees a lot of traffic.

The team was mixed with youth and adults alike, split up into two different teams, one working on the trails and the other painting over graffiti, removing plants that are not indigenous to the area and picking up trash. And of course there was slacklining. Having the parking lot to ourselves enabled us to have 6 slacklines set up, including the predictable walking surfaces and a slackrack that allowed even the most novice slacker to learn how to find their balance on a dynamic surface such as a slackline. The slackrack is a device that keeps the slackline a foot from the ground and is used with a GIBBON slackline. The other slacklines consisted of different two inch GIBBON slacklines and a one inch Proline. The day was filled with lots of learning and sharing knowledge, it was a beautiful day and a great opportunity to meet new people with the same compassion for the outdoors. Projects like this allow us humans to enjoy our environmental surroundings without destroying it. Slackline Visions would like to thank Lisa Cashel, Melanie Joyce and all the other volunteers for making this event possible and exciting. Thank you Lisa Cashel for taking all the wonderful pictures!

Brought to you by Slackline Visions
Written by Josh Beaudoin




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