in July 2017 me and some friends were climbing at Pilot Mountain, NC. The sun was baking us all so we decided to call it a day. My friend had a 2 inch gibbon, so we set up a line by the Yadkin river and hung out there for the rest of the day. i was able to get maybe 5 steps in. The next day I bought myself a 2 inch off amazon. I slacked everyday for 2 weeks while my wife went to the gym. In no time I grew bored of the 2 inch. Thats when a friend would set up a piece if tubular for a rodeo line. i continued to get worked but was determined to find my balance.
Later on I picked up a piece of used mantra off slackchat and starting setting up longer lines using a primitive system. Me and a climbing buddy started piecing together gear for highlining. Now we have established a hanfull of highlines and i got to send and name my first highline on April 6 2018. Its so crazy to think that in less than a year i went from not knowing jack shit about slacklining to sending a highline.
I have had
type 1 disbetes most off my life and have strugggled with eating right and staying active. While my wife was at the gym, I would slack. Slackining pushed me to get in shape when i realized that i would need to be strong to highline. Soon i found myself slacking less and going to the gym everyday. I figured since i was working out more and slacking less that i would have the strength to slack more, but feared my balance woud degrade since i was only slacking maybe twice a month when the weather got colder. I am always suprised at how well i reatain my balance after not slacking for some time. I went from taking over 120 unit of insulin a day to now taking under 30. I went from 230 pounds to 183.
If all slacklining ever done was push me to live a healthier lifesyle than its %100 worth every bit of my time!