My Photographic Journey Learning About Slacklining

Hanging on

Participant resting on the slackline before attempting another walk…It is a long way down!

Hi my name is Bill West and I graduated from Mohawk Business Admin way back in 1988.

After many years of using my phone as my camera I finally purchased a DSLR for myself this past Christmas. I have owned “real’ cameras in the past however I had never made the foray into the Digital Photography world and I am so glad I did!

I’ve taken my camera to California, Las Vegas and many other places in the first few months and I plan on taking it to many more.

One of my photographic journeys was a short trip to Smokey Hollow back in March. Smokey Hollow is a part of the Bruce Trail and has a lot of interesting history attached to it including being the location of Waterdown’s first Lumber Mill back in the mid 1800’s. Through Facebook I learned that the Toronto Slackline Club was planning on visiting my small town and I knew immediately that this was something I wanted to capture and view. Little did I know that I would end up being a lot closer to the action than I could have ever imagined.

To start, Slacklining is defined as the act of walking or balancing along a suspended length of flat webbing that is tensioned between two anchors.

Ready to go

As I learned there is a lot of setup and at times you get a little muddy as their leader shows above. Before you can even start you must string the line across the area you wish to traverse, in this instance a 75 foot high gorge (yikes – I do not particularly like heights) that spans 150 feet.

After the slackline is set up and proper tension is established, you need to send out the rookie to make sure all is secure:)

The slacklines are designed to carry many, many times the weight they actually carry, in fact this particular version is designed to carry the weight of two cars!

When all the safety tests have been completed it is time to “Walk the Walk.”

Chasing the Sun

A different angle, just as high!

They even set up land lines so that anyone can try.

They even set up land lines so that anyone can try.

So you may be wondering did I try Slacklining on that unseasonably warm March day? I did… sort of! Proof is below of me hanging out in the middle of the Gorge with my (barely visible) falsely brave smile!

Conquering my fear of heights!

If you get a chance by all means try this or try anything that expands your horizons and challenges your intrinsic fears (in my case – heights). You will walk away feeling great, trust me 🙂

Thank you for reading my very first Blog!

Bill WestBill West
– Business Administration, 1988
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