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Students balance across slackline ropes

Marissa Clark, a senior studying sociology, and Kevin Guthrie, a junior studying exercise physiology, help Jenny Durtschi, a junior studying psychology, across the slacklining rope. Slacklining requires good balance on a thin rope, normally positioned close to the ground and tied between two trees. BRIANNE SHIRTS | Scroll Photography

 

Every Saturday night from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m., the school offers slacklining in the BYU-Idaho Center.

For the last few years the school has offered slacklining every Saturday.

Slacklining is similar to tightrope walking but with a nylon strap instead. Because of the flexibility of the line, people tend to move around a lot, which can make it harder to walk the line.

Four or five lines are set for students to use.

Any student can come in and use the lines.

There are experienced students at the slacklining activity who are ready to help newcomers learn how to slackline.

“I’ve been coming every Saturday for the last year. My skills keep on building and I like seeing weekly improvement,” said Kevin Guthrie, a junior studying exercise physiology.

Guthrie not only takes the opportunity to slackline every week, but also helps others to learn the sport.

The amount of time it takes to learn how to walk the line varies from person from person.

“It took me six sessions of slacklining to learn how to walk the rope, but for other people it can take only one,” said Samantha Stanley, a freshman studying English and the slacklining coordinator for BYU-I.

Many people are nervous about participating in slack lining because of the fear of physical harm.

Stanley said not to worry about getting hurt because the line is really close to the ground, and people are always there to help you across.

Slacklining could be a good choice for students looking for free date ideas.

“It’s a good date night because when on the line she will have to hold your hand,” Stanley said.

Weekly slacklining will continue for the foreseeable future as it has been successful here at BYU-I.

For more information on slacklining students can visit the campus calendar at www.calendar.byui.edu. or the activities website at www.byui.edu/activities.

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