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Well, for starters it isn't anchoring the line at all. In most of the photos that it is in, the real anchor is a large beam in my garage frame or a sling around my cement back porch. The ladder only provides lift to bring the line higher up than where the anchors would normally set it. This is an industrial heavy duty step ladder and is rated for heavy weight use. It is only receiving a downward pressure this way. We recommend A-Frames for similar usage.
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Sure thing. Email me for the link and you can print your own.
I don't doubt your buddy's ability to set a line like that; it does work up to a certain point. People also still use typewriters but that doesn't mean they are better or worse than computers. Just different tools for different jobs. Using a primitive line to set fairly tight lines or longer lines is a pain if not impossible by yourself unless you use a lot more gear and advanced techniques like piggy backing pulley systems.
We use ratchets for a few reasons:
All of that said, if you want a primitive rig, we'll gladly make you one with plenty of nifty extras you won't find anywhere else.
Yep. If your kit came with zip slings or primo slings there is no need to ever retie, just follow the instructions that came with it. If your kit has tied slings you can untie the bowline knot on one end and retie it further up or even better just wrap it around your tree a few extra times. The recommended knot is a bowline knot. An overhand or eight on a bight works too, but can be very hard to untie once tensioned. See illustration below.
Ok, for lots of us this is a non-question but for anyone who's never used a ratchet before it's a legitimate concern. Rather than write down a huge user manual I'd rather refer you to: Ratchet Usage Info.
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Pretty small. Four people handle 95% of everything, but I enlist extra help from my friends when things get hectic. We do however ship far more slacklines than any other company out there. Mostly due to our excellent word of mouth. Check out our Gear Reviews to find out why we're a hit.
Damn, I was afraid you'd ask that. Sport leading around a 5.10+ (on a good day), still apprenticing on trad gear and occasionally I can hang dog my way up a 5.11 on TR but I haven't been climbing too seriously since I was diagnosed with nerve damage in my left arm. Funny thing, just as I finished my Masters degree that had kept me from climbing much, I ended up with some major nerve issues in my arm so now that I have time to climb I have to take it extra easy. I've only been climbing since the May of '03. I just managed to really get into slacklining. I'm more of a slackliner who climbs occasionally.
Well that's easy - I got into slacklining because I was so bad at it. Seriously, I was horrible at it. I was doing ok on my climbing but I really needed work on my balance. I started slacklining every night for two weeks just to take my first couple steps. Most people can get at least few steps down within an hour and it took me forever. Once I got it, I just kept at it and all I can say is wow. My balance made a huge difference in how much power I was using for climbing and the stronger abs certainly didn't hurt either. Good stuff.
I've gotten asked this a lot. For some weird reason people are actually curious about it. Yes, I graduated from Missouri State University where I currently also work for our Web Services team. I've finished my bachelors in business/computer information systems and my masters in administrative studies (think MBA for CEOs instead of managers).
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