Everyone who laments about the lack of things to do in Delhi, take note. Enrico Fabian, the mind behind Slacktivism, gets fellow slackliners together in Delhi, mostly on Sundays to explore a new form of adventure.
For the uninitiated, slacklining is similar in construction and practise to tightrope walking – a line is tensioned between two rigid points, which could be two trees or poles. The difference between tightrope walking and slacklining is that a slackline, usually made of nylon or polyester, is more dynamic and buoyant.
And we’ll have you know, it ain’t easy. Focus and balance are of paramount importance, and finding your stability takes a little while. If you love a challenge though, this should be worth a try. Unlike tight-rope walking, slacklining allows for connection of the line at any height, so if you’re subject to vertigo, no reason to worry – its distance from the ground is up to you. Once you get the hang of it, we can confirm that it’s a great way to see the city’s many parks in a new light.
The best part is that it’s a completely inclusive activity, open to any age, background and profession. In fact, a part of the founder’s endeavour is to take the slacklining to schools and institutions for kids from underprivileged backgrounds, and encourage them to gain confidence and stability through the sport.
Whether you want to find balance (literally or metaphorically), are looking for a new challenge, or are just interested in meeting new people, we suggest you take to the line.