My good friend, and slackline master, Andy Lewis is heading up a group of Boulder slackliners to lobby the city of Boulder to allow the sport in Boulder Canyon, other open space areas and city parks.
Local slackline enthusiasts are lobbying the city of Boulder to relax its rules and allow the sport in
A boom in popularity and a community of about 100 slackline “addicts” has meant more people practicing the sport — and drawing more attention. Earlier this month, police were called about someone slacklining — walking on a narrow, flat nylon line that’s not pulled taut — in Boulder Canyon, but the person was down by the time rangers arrived.
Larkin Carey, with the Colorado Slackline Club, said Boulder’s law against attaching anything to trees in public places generally hadn’t been enforced. Slacklining on open space, where it’s not an “approved” use, also hadn’t been an issue in the past.
But this spring, with more people slacklining and highlining — slacklining up high — police got calls and people were asked to take down the lines, Carey said.
“Since it’s fairly new, people are trying to figure out if it’s a problem,” he said. “It looks dangerous, so people take notice. But it’s actually very safe.”
To see Andy and a few of the masters in action, check out the video below of them walking the highline in Dream Canyon.