So now that we know how to pack our bags at home such that the rigging process is super smooth and without interruption, and we can efficiently rig our longlines using the properly packed bag, it's time to learn how to derig the line and repack our bags so that the next slackline session will be just as smooth as this one was.



A quick note about the following steps: we will assume you have read the previous 2 articles in this series and have followed the tips in them.


Detension The Line

The first thing you are going to want to do is to detension your line using the methods that we have described in this Slack Science article: Properly Detensioning Your Slackline.


Shrinking and Packing the Pulley System

Once the line is loose, you will want to detach the webbing from the pulley system by removing it from your Webbing Anchor. Now we can shrink down our pulley system by pulling on the last strand of rope that is going to your brake. At this point in time, this strand of rope should not be connected to the brake. We will leave it disconnected so that extending the pulley system on the next rig will be super easy and quick.

A quick tip for shrinking the pulley system: to make pulling the rope in a little easier, I will hold my right hand on the webbing anchor and extend out my pinky finger. With this finger I can hold a bit of tension on the last strand of rope that I am pulling on to the shrink the pulleys while I bring my hand up to grab more. You can see this method in the video below if you watch carefully. Without doing this, the slack you pull out will be released since there is nothing holding it in place.

Once you shrink the pulleys down to about 3-4 feet apart, you can disconnect them from the spanset and coil them up using your preferred coiling method. I like to use a butterfly coil, which you can see in action in the video below. I will typically start the coil by placing the shrunken down pulley system around my neck, then take the tail and begin the coil. This makes the whole system a single unit that is easy to move around and won't come undone.

Now that we have the pulley system coiled, we can start packing our bag. If you remember, the last thing we needed in our rig was the Multiplier Kit, so this should go on the very bottom of our bag. Next up was the pulley system, so place that in the bag on top of the Multiplier Kit.


The Rest of the Line

Now we can continue to disassemble the tensioning-side anchor by disconnecting the spanset and treepro. Place the spanset--nicely coiled--in the bag on top of the pulley system, followed by your tree pro for the tensioning side.

Now we have the entire tensioning-side anchor in the backpack in the order we need to use it for next time. We can now carry the bag to the static-side anchor while we flake the webbing into our BC LineBag.

Once you flake the whole line into your BC LineBag and you reach the static-side anchor, we can start to pack up this anchor. Start by finishing up flaking your line into the linebag and disconnect your webbing anchor from the static-side Spanset. I will typically leave my webbing installed in the webbing anchor in order to make rigging SUPER quick next time. You can then put the filled linebag into the BC Haul Bag, on top of the tensioning-side gear.

Finally, remove your static-side spanset and treepro and place them on the top of the bag.



Following the above tricks along with the tactics from the past two articles, you will find that your rigging time will be drastically reduced and your slackline time will drastically increase. Never again will you be limited by small amounts of time.


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