The Tale of the Floating Log
This year at Breathe, I had the privilege of helping rig the Peak-to-Peak Slackline Park. The vision for this slackline park in the forest was threefold: there was to be a section dedicated solely to tubular webbing – Totally Tubular!, several steep & surfy rodeo lines – Ride ‘em Rodeo, and a traverse that would form the perimeter of the park. The traverse proved to be the crux of this creation.
The entrance to the park was flanked by two lines: On the east side was a shorty 7/16” green tubular line. On the west side was a fairly tight, short, Aero line. These two lines were the beginning or end of whichever direction one chose to walk the traverse.
To the east, the traverse zig-zagged through the forest with several 2" lines of varying lengths and tensions. There was then a loose Aero line & a loose Mantra Flight line.
On the west side, the traverse walked: the short & tight Aero line, a 2” line, to a loose e-line (marking the beginning of Totally Tubular!). There were then varying lengths & tensions of tubular webbings – ending with a short Rasta line.
Here, we found ourselves with a short gap we needed to connect to complete the traverse. Various solutions were proposed: We could just rig a few small lines & call it a traverse! We could extend the route further back into the forest. Neither of these solutions were all that satisfying.
In the process of constructing this slackline playground – we had cut down several small trees.
“What if we used one of these logs in the traverse?”
”Well, you could just lash the log between both trees and- voila!”
”Haha alright let’s try it out!”
And so we did. Cool!
Now remained just one small gap.
“What if we just lashed another log?”
”Ok! Uh oh- the log is too short.”
“Well- hmm... What if we connect the log with webbing to the trees?”
“Haha what?! Alright- let’s try it out!” And so we did. The floating log was discovered, the Traverse complete.
The synergy of the team in discovering this solution was a joy to witness. Isn’t it amazing what magic can be realized in well-functioning groups? What inspiring gems will this community discover in future years?
Peak-to-Peak was far from perfect. Sincere apologies to those weighing more than me who attempted the traverse- you would’ve bottomed out several times along the way. I’m sorry. I know it was a bummer. There’s vast room for improvement & growth!
Big thanks to everyone who helped rig PTP, all who stopped by, and everyone who helps create this spectacular space!