Yosemite National Park: Slacklining

Yosemite Valley is famous as both a rock-climbing destination and as a slacklining destination. The sport of slacklining as we know it is said to have originated among the early climbers in the Valley. Today, the world’s most daring highliners come to test their skills on classics such as Upper Yosemite Falls and Lost Arrow Spire.

Myself, I prefer lines closer to the ground. The way that I add excitement is by rigging the line over a creek or river. Yosemite offers exciting options for these so-called creeklines.

This line was set over the Tuolomne River, just next to the main campground in Tuolomne Meadows. We used Steve’s 100-foot highline to span the 70-foot wide river.

 

 

This line was set over the Merced River in the bottom of Yosemite Valley. I used just over 30 feet of my 1-inch line.

 

 

Also, in the back of Camp 4 there are usually a handful of slacklines set up at all ranges of lengths and thicknesses. Recreational slackliners can practice on the smaller lines, while experienced highliners can hone their balance on the 150-foot longline, which is set up using the same materials for a highline.

 

Slackline Heaven at the back of Camp 4.

Slackline Heaven at the back of Camp 4.

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