Wanna slack off?

We wouldn’t leave you hanging. Here’s how to slackline locally.

Cait Anthony balances body and mind on the slackline
Cait Anthony balances body and mind on the slackline

Those who slackline are commonly referred to as "slackers." The name couldn't be more fitting; slacklining is relaxing, easy to get into and best done with friends in the sun.

If you want to give it a try, the folks at Mountain Equipment Co-op (1550 Granville St, 421-2667) can set you up with a slackline kit ($68) and give you an introduction to using it. It's important to get some tree protectors--- material to prevent the slackline from cutting into the bark. MEC sells felt pads ($18) for that. You can also use towels or pizza boxes.

Done wrong, slacklining can be dangerous to you and others. Be attentive and check that your equipment is in good condition. Make sure that you anchor to healthy trees--- at least one foot in diametre, that your line doesn't obstruct anything, and that it is attended at all times.

Slackline legally. In some cities, slacklining has been officially allowed in public parks. Not in Halifax. By-Law T-600 states that "No person shall...fasten any sign, bill, notice, wire, rope, nail or other thing to or around any public tree." Done properly, slacklining does not hurt the involved trees. Nonetheless, city officials can shut you down. 

Without permission, slacklining on private property counts as trespassing. However, if you ask permission, it's often welcomed (try the university campuses).

There are no official slacklining organizations in the city, but you can connect with the community via the HFX Slackliners group on Facebook. —SLW

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