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Jordan and I spent last couple days in Davis hanging out with Jerry Miszewski (founder of Balance Community, world record holder and great friend) and his wife Susan. It was really fun times and I'm looking forward to repeat it pretty soon!
First day after we arrived we had a pleasure to visit BC warehouse and were just amazed by amount of the slackline gear we were faced with ... Slackline Porn to the maximum in a best quality available!! Of course we touched every piece on a display, had endless conversations about slackline rigging methods and did other interesting things slackline nerds like us do.
We went together to do some abrasion tests on the new Mantra MK II and Type-18 webbings and it turned out to be lots of fun. After setting up slanted line I had a pleasure to zip-line on it hanging on the haulbag filled with 50kG of shackle. Adding to it my weight (which is around 65-68kG) and small ring on which all of that weight was sliding on the webbings should be destroyed. Both Mantra MK II and Type-18 took this beating really well presenting only small abrasion, leading to important conclusion - the webbings are beefy and definitely suitable for highlining purposes. We decided to test both webbings further more next day in real life. After enough testing action we set up nice rodeo line and surfed as hard as we could.
With nothing but time on our side, Chris and I decided that we should devote an entire day to training the transition stage of the line, which was the only part we are both having trouble with. We thought the best way to do this would be to rig the line lower and only walk out maybe 400 feet or so. This is exactly what we did. We put the anchors about 3 feet lower on both sides and set the line to the same tension that we had it at the day before (which was absolutely perfect) and just walked the transitions as many times as we could.
After much discussion and a lazy morning, Chris and I decided that we would rig the big line again on Monday, even though the best walking time had already passed. We got started at about 3 pm, which put us about 6 hours behind schedule! Luckily, we had the rigging down from the last time and we had the line up in under 45 minutes. The bad news was that the wind started to pick up right when we were done rigging! This made for some interesting attempts on the line.
What a day it was for the 500m Project. I was scoping around for a new place to rig Uber Longlines when I stumbled upon a field which has gaps ranging from 615 ft. all the way up to 1,625 feet! The best part is, the ranger in charge of the area does not care if we use this land for our project. This was music to our ears because we now have a place where we can rig lines incrementally up to 500m and not have to worry about access issues.