Softpointing & Tensioning

Tension Anchor Setup (softpoint)

Softpointing requires a slightly different setup method than hardpointing because you are going to remove the pulleys from the system after tensioning. The difference starts at the anchor. When you reach the tension side anchor after webbing deployment you’ll attach your treepro and spanset in the same manner as hardpointing but instead of attaching the pulleys you’ll attach the second weblock strait to the sling. Load the webbing into the device and pretension the best you can. Now you’re ready to create the tensioning anchor for your pulleys. In most cases this requires building a second anchor just below your webbing anchor. If using a SlackTech RamLock the large anchor hole can be used as the pulley anchor eliminating the need for a second anchor to be created. Once the pulley system anchor is built you can extend your pulleys out to the appropriate distance and attach the lineGrip to the webbing.

Softpointing with a LineGrip and RamLock.

Softpointing with a LineGrip and RamLock.

Longline Tensioning

Once your system is set up it’s time to start applying tension. It’s a good idea to double check that all your connectors are closed and shut properly. Also, verify that the locking pins in your weblocks are properly inserted. Attach your multiplier to the rope coming from the front pulley to the rope brake, extend all the way forward and start pulling. You can use a handled ascender to grip the rope and increase your pulling force. When the multiplier reaches the brake, stop pulling and reset it. Keep doing this process until you’ve reached the appropriate tension. If you calculated the pulley length correctly, you should only have a small amount of pulley remaining in the system when finished. Remove the multiplier, tie off the rope and webbing on the anchor side and you’re all set to slackline.

Tensioning a slackline, notice the handled rope grab to make it easier to pull.

Tensioning a slackline, notice the handled rope grab to make it easier to pull.


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