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Monday, July 15, 2013
Hot Trend: Slacklines – Grab A Slackline for your next BBQ or Camping Trip and Test your Outdoorsy Tightrope Skills… BE a Slacker.
Kids on our Slackline avec un stick to help!
(Hula hoop optional)
yes! During REI’s recent sale, we stocked up on some essentials: new pancake
griddle for the camping stove. Extendo-hot-dog-and-marshmallow-toasters. And,
inevitably, with our shopping adrenaline on HIGH due to the big SALE SALE words
all over the place, we grabbed a few impulse-buy, non-essentials like we’ve all
done at the supermarket check-out line -- the tic-tacs, the US Weeklys, the bag
o’ naughty Cheetos.
is how we ended up buying a Slack Line.
what what? You may ask.
slackline. You know. The flat, ropey, trendy tightrope that attaches from one
tree to another that you see Duuuuuuudes, like, jumping up onto and, whoa dude,
barefooting their way across…. Sorta like that guy who just recently
walked across the Grand Canyon on a tightrope. ‘Cept he had a long pole to hold
onto the whole time…. Cheater!!!
sorta like that guy who walked thousands and billions of feet above the massive
Grand Canyon for a 1/4 mile on a windy day this past June, except this slackline - or “cool version of a tightrope for the 2013s” - is
suspended a massive 12 inches above the soft, cushiony ground in our case. Whoa,
but don’t mock it Outdoorsy Peeps, until you’ve tried it.
that is, if you can %$^*% figure out the heiroglyphic directions that are
included. Took us a fight-starter, walk-off-in-a-huff-while the first time we
set it up.
once we got it, our fam was on our way to slackline, tightrope thrills and
Though we are pretty proud of our “cores” - our muscle groups
that help keep us walking up-right and distinguish us from other mammals - the
mostly pathetic scene of the fam attempting to make it not across the entire
length of the slackline - no, across was
too much to ask - we had to dumb down our expectations to: who can take just a
few fleepin’ steps on it without careening off to the left or right into the
pine needles below.
Humiliating. And somewhat hilarious.
if you want to entertain your campground or BBQ crowd, grab a slackline, a
bucket of patience, and work on that core. No gymnasts or sticks allowed!
& Three Cheers –OM
Slacklines - Prices seem to range from @ $50-$90s -- we bought a Gibbon