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OU TDOORS


THE LINE


What started as a way for rock climbers to sharpen their skills has evolved into a thrilling


communal experience. Kate Siber ventures to the crag and discovers the world of slacklining


PHOTOGRAPHY BY CAMERON GARDNER


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idden in the canyonlands beyond Moab, Utah, at the edge of a chasm named Fruit Bowl, a length of flat, nar- row nylon webbing stretches


between two juniper trees. The morning is crisp, dry and topped with a glorious blue sky unmarked by clouds. Expanses of reddish slickrock, studded with twisted trees and sagebrush, stretch to the horizon. But at this moment, you don’t notice all


of that. Your attention is centered on staying balanced atop this slim piece of webbing known as a slackline. First you place one foot on the line, strung a few feet off the ground, then you step onto it in one fluid move. The line sways and wobbles under your weight, but the muscles in your arms, core and legs respond with tiny adjustments to maintain equilibrium. Your mind becomes clear and


24 DORADO • JULY/AUGUST 2015


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