If you look up some information about it it says it is extremely good for balance.
Any thoughts on whether this would transfer well to skiing?
Climbers have been using slacklines for years to kill time in between climbing. It's even less related to climbing than pull-ups are. Climbers also often have bad hair, but the bad hair is not training for climbing.
Inspired by the Super Bowl Slackline Guy thought I'd share this...
Summer before last I set up a quick-n-dirty slackline in my backyard at home. I picked up a 16' long,
1" wide webbed cargo tiedown with a ratchet mechanism for tightening at Home Depot for about $12.
Had a couple of of old 4x4's I threw in the ground with eye bolts for the tiedown ends to connect to.
(Alternately could just loop rope at both ends around trees or any stationary objects.) It rained a lot in
the summer, so when I was done with a session I just used the ratchet to loosen and take the webbing
inside till next time.
The first time I stepped on the line (with poles) it was a "HOLY SHIT!" experience, felt wildly unstable. But
after a few times less so, and then with care I was able to walk the line with the poles constantly tapping
the ground for balance.
After a while I stopped using the poles, but it took me a *lot* of up and down, up and down, before
the first time I was able to get up and stay up. Then a lot more and I got a step in before I lost balance.
Then a lot more and a couple steps. I stayed with it and eventually I was able to walk the line pretty
I got to the point where I could walk back and forth on the line, turning around at the ends, and also hop
up onto the line and then walk it. Never did anything like a 180 on the line itself, but that would be something
to shoot for going forward.
I attended the Banff Mountain Film Festival stop in San Francisco a few nights ago, and it closed with a film about "Sketchy Andy". When it started I realized he was the Super Bowl Halftime Slackline Guy - missed that in the shuffle before. If you ever get a chance to see the full "Sketchy Andy" film I heartily encourage you to check it out! The guy is totally, f'n amazing - truly an inspiration!
For now, here's the trailer...
And here's Skandy and a couple other slackliners on Conan...
picked up some Gibbon slack lines for my kids .. I have little balance but figured it would help them. not horribly expensive as they were an excess inventory item from The Clymb, but they're on line as are others ... Gibbon site has lots of info, vids, etc. pretty amazing acrobatics.
I bought one last summer and it has made a huge difference. It works on fore/aft balance as well as lateral and it's a great tool to help strengthen your legs that is fun and doesn't involve being stuck in a gym. It also helps you practice focusing on the task at hand because if you're not you will fall off.
It's a great and fun workout that is very addictive. You will fall off it quite a bit particularly in the beginning but just remember it's okay to fall, just make sure you get back up and keep working on it. :)
Slacklining on Kokanee Glacier in southern British Columbia:
It's slacklining, all right, but not 60-foot-high people barefoot up on Kokanee Glacier. At was actually at City Park in Nelson, but the background was too cluttered, so we played with it a little. Thank you, Photoslop.