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How Highlining Works

Author's Note

I've known about slacklining for a while. During the warmer months, it's not uncommon to see a rope strung between two trees at the university where I work. But I had no idea that some slackliners had taken the sport to a level as extreme as highlining. It makes me wonder, how hard is it to stay on that line? Maybe I'll string one up in my backyard -- but I don't think I'll ever move it much more than a few feet off of the ground!

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