eLine Complete vs Light Kit
3x Oval Key Lock Locking Carabiners
1x Line Lock
2x 6 ft Anchors
1x 50 ft eLine webbing
2x Oval Key Lock Non-Locking Carabiners
1x Line Lock
1x 6 ft Anchors
1x 50 ft eLine webbing
2x Velcro (to hold in place your DIY tree pro)
eLine 'Light' Kit Setup on Trees
Step by Step Instructions
1) Choose the right tree
2) Install Tree Pro
3) Wrap the anchor piece
Please note that carabiners should not be used to make the end of baskets.
4) Attach a carabiner
5) Girth hitch the slackline
6) Place the line lock
After securing the line lock, take the remainder of the line towards the other carabiner attached to the anchor piece. Make sure the gates of the carabiners are opening on the same side and the nose of the carabiners are closest to each other (“THE YOGASLACKERS” side of the carabiner faces up on one and the “NOT FOR CLIMBING” warning faces up on the other) so that it is easier to spiral the line through. This will also make it easier to de rig the system.
7) Create the Z-Drag
8) Take Down
9) Storing Your eLine
eLine 'Complete' Kit Setup
The eLine Slackline ‘complete’kit’ comes with 3 locking carabiners and 2 anchors. These additional gear will allow you to wrap both trees with a black anchor piece. This will protect your webbing for abrasion and will extend the walking length of your webbing by a few feet.
Full details on the eLine Light Kit Setup.
1) Choose the right trees
2) Install the Tree Pro
3) Place an anchor on each tree
Girth hitch each tree with an anchor. To help keep the line flat, pinch the webbing (folding it in half) at the point where it passes through the loop. This will prevent the line from turning sideways.
4) Attach carabiners
Attach a carabiner to the loop end of each anchor.
5) Attach the slackline webbing to one anchor using a carabiner.
Locate the loop side of the slackline webbing. Attach the webbing and anchor with a carabiner. Lock the carabiner and walk the slackline webbing to the other side making sure that the line stays flat and does not twist.
6) Continue following the steps listed above to create the tensioning system.
7) Before slacklining, make sure that all your carabiners are locked.
Replacing a Line Lock
Line locks are amazing little pieces of gear. Yet they are so easy to loose. If you are missing one, simply follow the instructions on these images to continue slacklinining without them.
To avoid losing line locks during storage and transport, we suggest attaching the line lock to a carabiner as soon as its removed during derigging. Then attach the carabiner to the sown loop of your webbing.
In the next session we share our favorite methods to safely store and transport slackline gear.
How to Make your own tree Pro
We like using outdoor carpet from the hardware store. It comes in 12 feet lengths. Ask for an 8 inch strip and cut it in half. That’s it.
Use velcro to secure the carpet to trees and for easy storage. Check out this video for further details.
STORING YOUR eLINE
1) Webbing Coil
2) Double Web Coil
If you have the 108ft eLine webbing or any long slackline and you are packing with size constrains, we recommend rolling your line into two different coils. That way if you decide to just use part of your line, you don’t have to undo the entire coil.
3) Daisy Chaining the Line
Simply unloop that last end that you pulled through, and then continue pulling – all of the other loops will undo themselves. A good daisy chain should become completely undone with some pulls, without leaving any knots behind. If you always start with the ends then it’s easy to know which side to undo first, in this case the side with only loops.
If your daisy chain does not immediately come undone easily, try to undo it from the other side.
If that doesn’t work remove the last loop, and pass the webbing around the next loop in the opposite direction. It will make sense once you see it and do it a few times! Whatever you do, avoid undoing it one link at a time. Your time is priceless!
5) Butterfly Coil
Frames or Treeless Setups
1) Two Pieces of wood 2"x4" studs
- One 3 1/2″ long x 5/16″ bolt
- One Lock nut
- Two washers
3) Rope or Webbing
One 4 to 6 foot piece of rope or webbing that has a strength rating of at least 200 lbs. We like using Sterling cord 3mm to 5mm GloCord.
- Saw (only if you need to cut the boards. Most hardware stores will cut them for you.)
- Drill with bit the same size as bolt
- Ratchet or wrench to tighten bolt
- Scissors and lighter to finish the ends of the cord
- Drill hole through the center of each 2 x 4, 6″ below top for the bolt and 2″ from the bottom for the rope/cord.
- Place the bolt through the top holes (don’t forget washers!) and hand tighten.
- Slide rope through bottom holes, tying a knot big enough on each end that it cannot slip back through (tip use a drill bit the same diameter as the rope and use a barrel knot as a stopper).
You can vary the width of the bottom of the X-frame (thus varying the height) simply by wrapping the cord around the end of the legs of the frames once or twice (make sure the cord is long enough to provide you with 3 or 4 height options).
x-frame Setup Instructions
Prepare The Setup
- Lay down the open xframe on the ground 3 to 4 feet away from the ground anchor. You can use your 3 to 4 foot long xframe to calculate this distance.
- Lay the slackline on top of the xframes from one ground anchor to the other.
- Connect a carabiner to each ground anchor.
Loop Side of the eLine
- Stand the xframe up.
- Wrap the loop side of the eLine around the xframe once, leaving enough of a tail to reach the ground anchor. We recommend using some sort of padding to protect your lines from the frames. Thin pieces of tree pro work great.
- Connect the loop side of the eLine to the ground anchor with a carabiner.
- The angle made by the eLine should be less than 45 degrees. This will decrease the upward forces on the anchor. If the angle is larger than this, you will need to walk the xframe further away from the anchor
Tensioning Side of the eLine
- Walk the line from the loop side xframe to the second xframe, making sure that it stays flat.
- Stand the xframe up at least 4 feet away from the anchor. Wrap the line around the second xframe.
- Place the line lock close to the xframe on the anchor side. Continue making the zdrag as explained in the eLine Setup. Placing the line lock as close to the frame as possible will make tensioning easier.
Review Your Setup
- The xframes should tilt slightly (10 to 15 degrees off vertical) towards the anchors. The angle created by the slackline (ground anchor to xframe) should be less than 45 degrees.
- Sit on the middle of the line. The frames will naturally sink a little bit onto the ground making the line sag. (If you are setting up on solid or slick ground you will need to pin the legs of the frame to the ground to inhibit them from sliding.) Re-tension the line once more.
- Sit on the middle of the line and bounce slightly while a friend observes the ground anchors. These should not move. Review your angles once more and celebrate. You are ready to slack!
NOTE: We do not recommend surfing or jumping on xframes lines.
- 3x Pieces of 2”x 6” Studs
Select a straight and clean wood planks
- One sling
- Two 3 1/2″ long x 5/16″ bolts
- Four washers
- Two lock nuts
- Ratchet or wrench to tighten bolts
- Long string
- Measuring tape
- Drill a hold at 12 inches from the end of each leg. This will create the feet of the hand frame.
- Drill a hole at 8 inches from the end of the bridge on one side.
- Bolt one leg to the bridge.
- Lay the wood in the general shape of the frame
- Measure the distance for the spread of the feet. Around 48 inches. Use that as an approximation to drill the bridge’s second bolt.
- Bolt the bridge to the second leg.
- Attach a string to the midpoint of the bridge and extend it toward the head of the frame.
- Use the string to mark the wedge cuts on the head.
- Trim the wedges off the head and the excess length of the bridge.
- Mark the center point of the head pieces for the alignment hole.
- Drill the hole evenly through the head.
- Feed the sling through the head .
The installation is very similar to installing an xframe. The major difference being that instead of wrapping the webbing around the frame, the sling is wrapped on either side of the head and a shackle is used to connect the hang sling to the anchor and the webbing.
Ground anchors are a way to create a slackline setup pretty much anywhere. The ground anchor you choose will differ tremendously depending on the location of the setup. Indoor rigging differs greatly from outdoor rigging. In outdoor rigging situations, the substrate will dictate the best anchor to use. The answer to ‘which anchor is best suitable for this setup?’ will always be: ‘It depends’. It depends on many factors: do you want a permanent installation, semi-permanent, what is the substrate, what obstructions are buried in the area?
Installing ground anchors indoor and outdoors should not be taken lightly. Electric, gas and water installations can be hidden underneath the ground. ALWAYS check with the local authorities before nailing, digging or disturbing the ground. Never forget or skip this step as it could be a deadly or costly mistake.
The strength and stability of any ground anchor depends on the soil components and the direction of pull. Make sure you understand your system before installing any of these. The following ground anchoring systems are provided as examples of what is possible. Please seek assistance from a qualified instructor before installing them for the first time.
As a general rule avoid straight up pull on ground anchors. The smaller the angle (closer to parallel to the ground) the more resistance the anchor can provide.
1) Slacker Staple
A slacker staple is a ground anchor built by nailing a flat metal or wood piece to the ground. A long time ago, in a galaxy not far from here, we showed up to a festival and we were informed that we could not use trees. This forced some of the best quick thinking that we have done to this day. After a few brainstorming sessions and a lot of walking back and forth on the brightly lit aisles of a hardware store, we came up with the ground anchoring system that we use to this day. While we have modified the materials used through the years, the basic configuration stays the same.
This is a non-permanent and minimally intrusive setup ideal for grassy areas. We use this setup when limited by how deep we can nail or disturb the ground.
- 2x 24 inch metal unistrut (superstrut) per xframe or 4 per slackline.
Unistruts are available at your local hardware store. Search for them in the electrical aile. They come in 10 ft long pieces that you will need to cut into 20 inch to 24 inch sections. A hack saw will do the trick.
- 24 x 12 inch nails per unistrut
10 inch nails may work depending on the type of ground
- 1x Hammer per friend you can convince to help you set the xframes.
Tip a 2.5 to 5 lb sledge hammer works the best.
- Secure the anchor webbing on the unistruts at 2/3 of the bar. With the shorter side closer to the line.
- Place the unistrauts next to each other on parallel lines pointing towards your slackline. Separate the point of the unistrat closest to the line by 12 inches and the point further to the line by 24 inches. You can use your nails to determine this distance. This will help equalize the pull along the entire strut on each side.
- Starting with the holes nearest to the anchor webbing, place 2 nails per hole facing away from each other and at a 20 to 30 degree angle. Your goal is to ‘grab’ as much width of ground as possible. Therefore nails pushed straight down are not effective for this type of setup.
- Hard ground may allow you to skip every other hole. Softer ground will require all the holes to be filled and therefore more nails, or longer unistrut and more nails too.
2) Steel Tent Stakes
- 1 or 2 steel stake per anchor
- 1 large, 8 to 15 lb sledge hammer
3) Deadman Anchors
A deadman anchor is a buried object like a log, sandbag or rock. Its strength depends on the size of the anchor, the depth buried and the packing quality of the soil. Deadman anchors work well in snowy and sandy conditions where trees or rocks are not readily available.
This anchoring system has been used for years by climbers and canyoneers. It is relatively simple to create and allows you to build an anchor in soft areas where nailing something to the ground would not be useful. Plus, you can often find the necessary materials on site.
- Object to be buried
- Since the strength of the deadman anchor depends on the perpendicular cross-sectional area of the object that is buried, you should search for a log or piece of wood that is at least 3 feet long and 6 inches wide. A broomstick-like (long and skinny) piece of wood will not work. Search for a wide log around 6 inches in diameter or at least a 4×4 or 2×6 piece of wood.
- Webbing Anchor
- An anchor strap or rope that is long enough to go around the anchoring object and have enough tail to stick out of the ground when buried.
- Shovel or digging device
- Dig a trench where you would like your ground anchor to be placed.
- Tie a webbing loop around the log long enough to stick out of the dirt.
- Place the log in the trench and bury it. Being careful not to bury the webbing entirely.
- Make sure to compact the soil. If working with sand, adding water and stepping on it repeatedly will help strengthen the setup.
4) Helix Anchors
- 1x helix anchor per xframe
(You may need more if the anchors are shorter or depending on the weight of the soil)
- Installation bar
- Place the anchor on the ground in the same direction of pull you will set your slackline.
- Install by utilizing a screwing movement while pushing the anchor into the ground. You may need an additional rod to help with leverage.
- Pack the earth around it as you would on a deadman anchor.
5) Arrowhead 'Cabled' Anchors
The arrowhead anchor is a permanent ground anchor. It is easier to install than a deadman and can be equally strong. The type of soil will determine the size of the arrowhead, but the installation will remain the same.
- 1x arrowhead anchor per xframe
- 1 pushing rod
- 1 hammer
- Similar to the helix anchor, the arrowhead anchors are installed in the same direction of pull as your slackline.
- Place the rod on the arrow head and pound with the hammer in a 60 degree angle.
- Pound as deep as you can since the cable will extend when pulled for the first time.
- Remove the rod and pull the cable. This will secure the arrowhead in place.