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What is Slacklining?

Slacklining originated in Yosamite National Park in the early 1980s when climbers were looking for an additional activity and initially used climbing equipment for balancing. But not all slacklining is the same, there are different disciplines such as Highlining, Longlining and Tricklining.




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Tricklining, which is sometimes also called jumplining, is about performing the most spectacular tricks possible on the slackline. The slackline is usually tensioned as tightly as possible at head height over a length of around 25 meters.
The basic tricks are the butt bounce, where you drop onto your butt, and the chest bounce, where you jump onto your stomach and bounce up again. However, there are also some other landing positions such as the feet, the back or the shins. These positions can be combined with spins or somersaults and combos can be created. There are no limits to your creativity.


Longlining is about tensioning the slackline as far as possible. The line is a lot looser than a trickline and not too high above the ground. In recent years, however, the trend has shifted more towards highlining, as the slacklines eventually sag too far and it would otherwise be too dangerous to fall near the anchor points. However, lengths of up to 100 meters can also be stretched as longlines in the park without any problems.

A small variation of classic longlining is called rodeolining, where the line is not tensioned as far, but is a few meters high and so loose that you just don’t touch the ground in the middle.

Furthermore, as with tricklining, with longlining it is also possible to set up the line over the water, this form is often referred to as a waterline.


Highlining is basically slacklining at height and, apart from exceptional cases, is only practiced with a safety harness. Similar to longlining, the tension is rather loose, but the line usually has considerably more sag, up to several meters. The length of the line can also vary greatly, but there are hardly any limits at the top. The world record for the longest highline ever run is currently 2.8 km by Lukas Irmler.

Furthermore, freestyle highlining has become more and more established in recent years. Similar to tricklining, tricks are performed on the highline, but the tricks differ in the sense that you more or less stay in contact with the line and bounce rather than jump.

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