How To Slackline! by Hayley Ashburn
Over the course of the last couple months, Hayley has been working really hard to put together the new How to Slackline! manuscript. Together with Falcon Guides, this second edition of Hayley's book contains nearly 200 pages of the best info on slacklining that money can buy. I had the pleasure of shooting the photos for this book in a great partnership with Hayley and Falcon Guides. I learned a lot, and had a lot of fun in the process! The book is now available for pre-order, and you can check it out here: How to Slackline.
In a controversial move, this book now covers introductory highline rigging techniques. This is a first in the slacklining community. This world of modern media is rapidly changing, which constantly shapes the way that we learn and interact with other people. When I started slacklining, and eventually highlining, I learned rigging through personal interaction and trial and error (luckily there were only a few serious errors). The next generation learned highlining through a loosely organized mentorship process. So far I have personally demonstrated highline rigging to more than 100 people. This experience was wonderful in that it provided a student/teacher relationship. Sharing the knowledge was not only effortless, but fun. Thanks to the internet, the way we learn is rapidly changing. Instead of going to a class at the community college, or hiring a tutor, we can find pretty much any info we need somewhere online. While transitions and change are good, in the case of highlining, safety is sacrificed without explicit and detailed information. Highline rigging is, and always will be, dangerous, but this danger is drastically increased when people rig highlines improperly. Using carabiners for leashes, using ratchets to tension the line, walking without a backup, walking without protecting the edges of the line, all of these common mistakes can be prevented with proper education. Hayley's new book will not only provide invaluable information to beginners in the sport, but also help those aspiring highliners get into the sport safely. Highlining, in my opinion, is one of the most terrifying, but also one of the safest activities in the "extreme sports" genre, and we all want the reputation for safety to stand strong!
A photo I took of Florian Herla last fall on 35mm film. He makes a few appearances in the book.
Make sure to check out the book, and pick up a copy! It won't be released until June, so there's plenty of time to save up your pennies. Until then, check out the photos on the website, and maybe buy a print or two. Any support helps us out tremendously, and allows us to continue sharing knowledge with the world! Next week is our annual Turkey Boogie, or highline and BASE festival. I put together the highlining portion of this festival 4 years ago with some good friends, and every year it has grown tremendously. We're expecting attendance to surpass 100 slackliners this year! Hayley and I will be giving highline rigging clinics, and sharing knowledge with all the slackliners who show up. Buying prints helps to keep events like this going, so thanks for the love!
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Also, feel free to leave a comment below about how you feel about teaching highlining to the masses, or about the book in general.
Peace and Love,
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