Slacklining memoirs / by Jessica Lee

Sometimes when you look around campus, there is nothing exciting happening. Other times though, you stumble upon something awesome.

On some sunny afternoons if you happen to walk on the bridge towards Wentworth building, you may see a couple of people trying to balance on what appears to be a tight rope.

It's actually called a slackline as I found out recently.

And slacklining is not easy to do.

You're supposed to balance on it because it trains your core muscles and makes you better at balancing.

It's just like a tight rope except it's much harder to balance on it because it's bouncy whereas a tight rope is mostly tight. The material the rope is made from is also nylon and not metal.

This is a photo of Bon on the slackline. He has has had lots of practice so he makes it look easy.

He can walk backwards and forwards calmly.

I used to train competitively on a gymnastics team when I was young. We had to balance on beams and do tricks, but even that couldn't help me when it came to staying on the slackline.

I think my record of just standing still on the slackline was around 10-15 seconds.

Here is a photo of me learning how to step on the line without holding onto anyone's shoulders.

Apparently, some people become so good at slacklining, they balance on the lines with mountains below them, or with an ocean below them. Of course they wear harnesses because clearly they wouldn't want to die (unless they did want to... but then I don't know why you'd go through all that trouble of setting up a slackline in an obscure location such as a mountain when you can jump off a bridge here in the city. I guess it's more scenic?).

I don't know if I will ever be able to slackline on top of a mountain (without dying), but I guess that's something to strive for.

I also heard that some crazy people will try to do flips on these lines or attempt to do yoga on them.

Maybe that will be me someday!

Actually, probably not.

Happy weekend!