Happy #MonkeyBarMonday everyone! For some of you who have seen the preview on Instagram, here’s the whole thing… including the “spiders” obstacle.
While I am not in the least bit afraid of spiders (and at one point had about seven pet tarantulas) I am not about to just shove my hand through a spiderweb with the spider sitting in it looking right at me. HAHAHA!
Also after a hectic (but productive) week, I spent a fair amount of time slacklining. It’s been a while since I have, mainly due to time and mostly due to nasty weather as rain and muddy ground is not conducive to a good time for Slacklining.
Fortunately it was finally nice enough out to get out there and get back into it again. I definitely am out of practice…
In respect for the trees and for our very nice public parks I always bring the velcro Gibbon Treewear to protect the trees and to a lesser degree protect my slackline. I actually have 2 orders of Treewear so there’s 4 pieces of it. We have a lot of old fat oak trees and sometimes it’s very necessary to use all four pieces! If you are primarily near palm trees, one set (2 pieces) should be sufficient. Sure, I could have made DIY versions of both the slackline and the Treewear, I find that the self-contained and quick setup aspect of both was well worth the expense. I also like the Gibbon Classic line because it is not especially stretchy. In the past I have had a more stretchy line and ran into some issues because I had to set it up so high from the ground. Repeated landings from just a few sessions were effecting my achilles tendons and that was simply NOT acceptable. When I got this Gibbon Classic and set it up lower, that problem completely disappeared.
While I have played around with slacklining on and off for over a year or so I am far from being an expert or even all that good at it, BUT I can offer some beginner tips etc. Let me know in the comments below if that’s something that interests you.
I find that slacklining is challenging but oddly relaxing at the same time once you get the hang of it. It can be frustrating at first and may seem impossible… it sure did for me! But now I find that it’s a pretty quick way to get into a flow state similar to how I remember would happen when I was playing as a kid. Needless to say, after a mentally and physically intense week, I find that this is a great activity for mental and physical active rest.