November 2016 - Doug Main, Kyle Kerns and Dakota Collins rigged this beautiful highline in Indian Creek just outside of Monticello Utah. The "Mars" looking rock wall added some amazing walking visuals along with an amazing sense of exposure. The line was rigged on Slacklife BC lion webbing with Slack.FR's Moonwalk webbing as our backup. The Combination was perfect and created a stable and soft experience.
Day 1 we tagged the line and fed the webbing across just in time before a thunderstorm came in. The line was crossing across a sandstone alcove with the North and South Six Shooters as the audience.
Feeding over 950 feet of double up webbing is no easy task with a team of 2. (1 person on each side. ) Special thanks to Simon and Meg for coming to the rescue helping with this task!
Doug rigged the static side and pulled the webbing over by himself. We are able to have one person rig the static side on longer lines in combination with a Protraxion, Handheld Ascender and tagline thats thick enough to fit into the Protraxion. This allows for a capture progress system that can be manned by one person.
On the Tensioning side we fed out the webbing through a redirect systyem using 3 "Slacktivity Hangovers." This helped keep the webbing off the cliff while we fed it out of the haul bag.
The line was rigged and we begun the session! It's amazing to feel the space these kind of lines can allow for you to experience. The amazing sandstone backdrop made us feel far away from our colorado granite.
Our anchors consisted of 10mm static rope with whoopie sling bolt tie offs to the master point. We then extended out the placement of our weblocks over the cliffside to minimize abrasion with a 6 foot purple spanset. I prefer this method in moab because it reduces the concern for cliffside webbing damage.
Our walking session ended early due to nasty wind, but our trip continued to the valley floor splitter cracks! Indian Creek has so much potential for long and aesthetic highlines. I can't wait to get back out there and rig more!
Special thanks to :
Balancing Earth Slacklines
Kyle Kerns Photography Credit
A Lightweight, compact, efficient weblock
I have tried most weblocks on the market now. The Pure Lock is now one of my new favorites. Easy pre-tensioning and slick pin lock technology places this weblock amongst the best on the market!
I have been utilizing the "buckingham" tensioning method for recent highlines (Hangover + Linegrip). It's a great way to efficiently get lines snugged up without requiring much room in the pack. I used the purelock in combination with the new Lion webbing from Slacklife BC for my first testing of the product.
Initially concerned to use the purelock with a new hi-tech webbing, after a weekend of long highlining with the two products I can say that we didn't have 1 inch of webbing slippage at all! The webbing pre-tensioned so easily and held with absolutely no slipping on a hand tensioned 125meter line. (WOOOHOOOO!!!!) This is awesome news, rigging longer looser lines is notorious for webbing slippage now a days. The purelock centered the webbing and allowed for me to visually inspect to make sure no twists or issues were happening.
Benefits - A one stop shop! The shackle is built into the weblock device so it eliminates the need for additional hardware to attach to various anchors. In combination with the shackle and lock it still weighs in less than the Alpine Weblock 4.0 which is an exceptionally light, strong weblock. Both weblocks are rated to a 60kn breaking strength.
The sliding pin is an awesome feature that makes rigging with super easy. The clicking sound the lock makes once you feed the webbing through is such a satisfying sound!
Longlining with the Balancing Earth Type 18 CG4 and pure lock - Type 18 is my favorite webbing and in combination with the purelock I found the pretensioning to be excellent along with the way it sat connected to my pulleys! Straight forward - super functional out in the longline fields.
Cons - Although the pin is attached to the shackle permanently you still have to worry about dropping the actual weblock insert when inserting in to the master point. I would almost feel better if the product was equipped with some sort of a leash between both mechanisms to help relieve the stress of dropping the small web lock insert off the cliff. Price - I think most aluminum weblocks on the market are still steep on price. It would be great to see weblocks similar to the purelock selling for under $100.00
Conclusion - A slick design that is super light! This weblock will definitely be joining me on all of my alpine highline projects. The pre tensioning function is the most efficient out of any other weblock I have tried so far. You can find more information on the pure lock at http://pureslacklines.com/pages/purelock
I was not paid or given this product for free to conduct this review.
GALLERY from the 426' - Courtesty of SCOTT HARDESTY MEDIA
First Ascent of the "GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE" Highline in Joshua Tree
Gallery from "GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE" Courtesy of SCOTT HARDESTY MEDIA
Special support from MOUNTAINSMITH , VOLTAIC, BALANCING EARTH SLACKLINES, SCOTT HARDESTY MEDIA
Mountainsmith hooked us up with an incredible pack that fit all the slackline gear I needed it to. It was very abrasion resistant and held up to Joshua Tree's sharp granite amazingly. Tons of organization and the frame extremely secure for those heavy highline packs! http://mountainsmith.com/
Voltaic kept our cameras charging! Scott was able to charge his cameras completely off their mobile panel and battery cell setup. It's so cool using the sun to keep all of our technology fully powered!I was very impressed by how fast and efficient the whole set up was. http://www.voltaicsystems.com/
Balancing Earth Slacklines is just such an incredible company to work with. We are always very impressed with the gear they are putting out onto the market. The "RASTA LEASH" is the most burly, bomber, secure leash available. We have no worries when it comes down to this extremely safe leash setup. Great way to add some color and security to your highline rig! http://www.balancingearthslacklines.com/
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