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Slack-lining is quite a bit like the tightrope but there are a few differences. When you think of tightroping its normally paired with a circus or some sort of show. Also, a tightrope has no flexibility in the ropes movement, which makes it easier to keep balance and perform tricks on the rope. With slack-lining the rope is loose and has a curve in it, which creates a slack (hence the name “slack-lining”). Another difference between the two is that slack-lining is done as an outdoor sport and normally done while climbing to get from one peak to another or at quite great heights.

Slack-lining can be a very dangerous sport if a person chooses to do it high up and does not have enough experience. A person could easily die if they do not execute correctly and fall. Another issue some have is rope burn from falling. This is normally only an issue at lower levels when people are learned how to slack-line. Many people that are not as experienced use some sort of belaying method to ensure the life of someone that may fall from the line. This is a much safer way to practice the sport but there are some people out there that like to be more adventurous and take the risk while slack-lining.

Slack-lining has been around for quite some time now. It began in Yosemite Valley when campers and adventurers were climbing around trying to discover new areas and places to call their own. It was a way to get across large areas of water and mountain peaks that divided main areas. Then, in the 1970's the sport became widely known when tight-roping became a big part of circuses and more technology was being discovered which made information about it more available. This is when slack-lining really took off.