Trickline System Backups

Backups are an important part of any trickline. It is best practice to back up not only the slackline webbing but also the ratchet or pulley system itself. This is why many trickline kits come with backup ropes/webbing. You can backup the webbing by tying it around the anchor tree with a bowline, just like the basic kits. To backup the ratchet itself, thread rope or webbing around the load bearing bolt of the ratchet and tie it off. Similarly, you can run rope through the shackle of your weblock to to create a backup, just don’t forget to finish the knot. These two backups will keep the system from launching the ratchet towards you in the event of a catastrophic failure at the anchor.

Trickline Ratchet with Webbing tied off and ratchet backed up with secondary rope/ anchor.

Trickline Ratchet with Webbing tied off and ratchet backed up with secondary rope/ anchor.

Wrap Up

It is important to understand that tricklining involves very high forces. When going big always back your gear up and be sure to pay attention to your body. Use padding or practice over sand to avoid hitting hard ground in the inevitable moment you lose control. Tricklining can be done on different styles of webbing and tensioning systems as long as they are capable of handling the high forces and cyclic loading. Time to bring on the tension and be confident in your setup.


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