Turn your slackline into a zipline

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You know the friends that you have that you put up on a pedestal because they’re always so amazing?  The ones that you wish will move in next door simply so you can see them all the time?  Oh, buddy do we have a few friends like that!

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Our friends Ken and Tristen are way up on that list.  They’re always coming up with creative and amazing ways to challenge and entertain their kids.  Their latest idea?  Turning their slackline into a zipline.

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You’ve read about how much we like to slackline here and here, and how much we like to zipline here.  Put the two together and you get all sorts of awesomeness!  Here’s how Tristen showed us how to do it:

 

Materials:

Slackline (this is our favorite, and it’s really affordable too)

2 tall trees

bike handlebars

 

First, feed your slackline through the handlebars so that it will not come off.  Next, set your slackline up at an angle so that one side is high about the other (this needs to be pretty high so you will either need to climb the tree or use a ladder).  You want it to be about 1 foot higher than your head at the lowest side.

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Let ‘er rip!

The more you angle the slackline, the wilder the ride!

 

If you don’t have a slackline and an old bike laying around already, here are some great ziplines that you can easily set up yourself in the backyard.

 

Slackers 40′ Zipline Falcon Kit
  • 50 galvanized steel 1/5 cable
  • New Safe Closed Plastic Trolley w/ rubber grip handles,
  • Hardware to attach to 2 trees
  • Green adjustable seat and instructions

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HearthSong 80-Foot Red Zipline Kit for Kids – Adjustable and Removable Seat – Non Slip Carriage Handles and Rubber Brake – Backyard Playground Equipment – Approx. 80’L
  • Childrens backyard zipline course kit
  • Hang it between two sturdy trees; Hop on the seat, grab the handles, and away you go
  • Includes steel cable, tree protectors, carriage with non-slip handles, adjustable seat, rubber brake, hanging hardware, and detailed installation and safety instructions
  • Adjustable seat for riders height is also removable; Designed with kids safety in mind

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CTSC 60 Foot Zip Line Kit for Kids and Adult(Less Then 250lb) (60 Foot)
  • SAFETY COMES FIRST: This zip line meets the international quality standards (rohs & ce). Weight limit: 250 lbs.
  • EASY TO ASSEMBLE: Thanks to the comprehensive, step-by-step instructions included. Even if you are not a handyman, you can still effortlessly set up this zip line easily!
  • CONVENIENCE FOR YOUR CHILD: This zip line is specifically designed for kids- non-slippery rubber grips help riders keep a firm hold on the zip line while playing. The 60 foot galvanized stell cable make our zip line Tough and Durable!
  • 10-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY

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Thanks Ken and Tristen for being amazing and sharing your great ideas with us!

 

(his post was originally posted in 2013, but has been updated to keep content and supplies current.)

17 thoughts on “Turn your slackline into a zipline”

  1. HA! We totally did this as kids (but the slackline was not so sturdy… ;)) I think there was a bloody nose that came out of it because the handlebars weren’t connected like a normal zip line (just as a little warning ;)) Looks awesome, though!

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  9. Hi! I was wondering what you use as a “stopper” if you will, for the end of the line to prevent crashing into the tree?
    This is so awesome and I really want to try it!

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