Some of our recent coverage:
The Stranger is running an article on the emerging slackline debacle that kicked off a week or so ago when a security officer stopped me in Cal Anderson park and insisted slacklining was illegal. I posted the details previously, and to briefly summarize: the police were called, slacklining is not illegal, does not (in the estimation of the Seattle Police as well as various arborists) harm trees (when adequate padding is used). The matter has moved to higher authorities, who have been very responsible.
A spokesperson for the Seattle Parks and Recreation agency sat down with me last week and we had a chat about our mutual concerns for environmental responsibility (aka: tree-protection) and safety hazards. The result is that slacklining is now not just legal, but officially sanctioned in Seattle parks. Best practices include using highly visible line colors when possible, always padding the trees, using trees of sufficient thickness, and not leaving lines unattended unless they are flagged.
I have a tree-padding idea coming to fruition in the near future. Stay tuned.
If anyone has questions or continued access problems, please let me know! Thanks.
The Seattle Times published an article Thursday about NW Slackline and our efforts to promulgate the sport all around the Pacific Northwest. It’s also featured today (Friday) at the top of their web site [link]. I’m a little sad they weren’t able to get a photographer to come out for our March 14th meet (when their reporter came out to checkout the sport and ask us some questions), but I think it’s a great article and will hopefully push the sport further into the mainstream.
If you’ve landed on this page thanks to the article, you ought to join our facebook group so you can come to one of our meets. The next meet should be May 2nd, weather-permitting; probably at Golden Gardens, but I’m open to Cal Anderson or elsewhere if anyone wants to try a new location.
For everyone who was so kind to come out and join us at the beach, here’s the segment!
If you’re loading this site for the first time, after seeing slacklining on Q13 this morning: GREAT! Slackline is incredibly simple but also incredibly fun. The most useful articles on this site are linked directly from the Frequently Asked Questions page, so I’d check that out first if you’re new to slackline. It has links that tell you how to build a slackline kit for yourself (or your kids) at REI for around $40, how to actually setup that kit, where to do it, how to keep your anchors from hurting trees, etc.
If you have any questions or would like any help, just e-mail me.
Also, I’m working on finding a couple of indoor spaces for use during the winter. If anyone viewing this is interested in indoor slacklining and happens to own a warehouse, gymnasium, etc, drop me a line.