Longline Basics

This series of articles relies heavily on the knowledge gained from the “connectors”, “webbing” and “pulley tensioning systems” articles. Make sure you’ve understood those before diving into this article.

There comes a point for many slackliners where the length and dynamics of beginner lines and primitive rigs become a bit too… let’s say, familiar. When this happens the most common progression is to longlines. Starting to walk on long lines can be like relearning how to slackline. The added dynamics of the webbing make it feel like a completely different sport. The progression to longlining can be a significant investment and time commitment so it’s best to know what you’re getting into before dumping a bunch of money on hardware pieces.

175ft longline at Smith Rock State Park.

175ft longline at Smith Rock State Park.

It is hard to define when a slackline actually turns into a longline, but common consensus says longlines start around 100ft/30m and are always on 1” webbing. After about 100 ft in length the slackline starts to behave much differently than a primitive rig. The longer you go the more perceivable the differences in webbing are. More jitter, more wobble but also more satisfaction.  We will discuss webbing anchors for longlines, how to setup the static side anchor, webbing deployment, setting up tension side anchor, derigging, differences in sag, tension, weight and finally proper park practices. Further articles discuss the components and practices.


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