Slacklining Revisited

Slacklining at the west farm at Xandari. Photo by Jocelyn Toll.

A little over a year ago, James wrote about slacklining while here at Xandari, since we were both practicing the recreational activity a few times a week. Back in the day, we had to search far and wide for appropriate trees on which to anchor our line, finally settling for orange trees in the orchard that we rotated between. Since then, we have two special spots designed for slacklining at Xandari, one by the west pool, where the sunsets make for a great view (see left), and another down below the studio, where the line can be set up at a longer distance and the posts are strong enough to take some serious bouncing.

Our studio slackline, however, is nowhere near as long or strong as that which Théo Sanson walked in Utah last week. As you can see in the video below, he traversed a “highline” that must have been a thousand feet above the ground, anchored between two landmarks in the desert of Castle Valley. The music you hear in the background of the video happens to be one of my favorite soundtrack pieces, drawn from Ennio Morricone’s work for the western film The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

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Riding the Slackline

A slackline at Xandari (photo credit: S. E. Inman)

2014 marks the 150th anniversary of the land grant that yielded Yosemite National Park (Seth will be talking more about this in a post on the topic). But why should this matter for a post on slacklining? Well, as it turns out, Yosemite was one of the early hotbeds for the development of this increasingly popular outdoor activity. In celebrating Yosemite’s anniversary, we can also take a moment to appreciate Continue reading