Watch pro slackliners highline their way accross Gore Creek near
the Covered Bridge in the heart of Vail Village or trickline on the
concert stage in Golden Peak.
You'll be amazed at the level of balance, control and acrobatics
performed by athletes Josh Beaudoin, Mickey Wilson, Travis Brown
and Marcus Nelson.
Never seen a highline demo? Imagine a tightrope across an icy
Gore Creek and you'll get the idea. Never seen a trickline demo?
Imagine the same tightrope but with backflips and boat loads of
other tricks. Yeah, it's really cool.
Slacklining is defined as the act of balancing along a narrow,
flexible piece of webbing which is low to the ground and anchored
between two points, usually trees. Originating in the climbing
world, slacklining has evolved into a cross trainer, backyard
activity and sport all of its own.
Slacklining can be traced back to climbing camps in Yosemite
during the mid seventies. Climbers would stay there for weeks
blazing new routes and in their time on the ground they started
rigging climbing rope to walk across. They found that the activity
improved their core strength, balance and movement for climbing -
and is was FUN.
In 2007 slacklining began to broaden from a cross trainer to a
unique sport of its' own with the advent of tricklining. The sport
developed much like skateboarding with an urban presence and heavy
emphasis on creating tricks. A global community grew and tricks
were shared through social media channels and viral videos.
In 2008 the first official competition was put on by Gibbon in
Friedrichshafen, Germany. Competitive slacklining grew from there
and the first World Cup was held in Munich, Germany in 2010. The
United States began hosting slackline competitions in 2011 and the
Summer Mountain Games hosted its first Slackline competition in the
Summer of 2012.