Don't worry if you do not have any trees to set up your slackline there are many different ways you do it with varying levels of difficulty and cost.
In this guide, I will attempt to cover most of the different ways you can set up a slackline with no trees indoors and outdoors as well as continue to update it as new information and products become available. (last update 7/12/17)
Setting up a slackline without trees requires you to come up with a solution to two problems, how to anchor the slackline and how to elevate the slackline.
There are many different creative ways you can go about solving these two problems ranging from various DIY solutions or using different products made to anchor and elevate the slackline.
How this guide is set up,
First I cover different ways you can anchor a slackline.
In the seconded part, I cover different ways you can elevate a slackline.
In the third part, I include different kits that provide anchoring and elevating solutions.
In the forth part I cover setting up slackline on structures found in your environment.
Part 1: Anchoring a slackline without trees indoors and outdoors.
The anchor is what the slackline is going to be attached to and will prevent the slackline from being pulled out of the ground or wall when being used.
There are many different ways to setup a slackline anchor, below are a few examples.
How to set up a permanent deadmans Anchor
This type of anchor requires you to dig a large hole and is best used in soil.
The method employed in the first video is better suited for making a permanent anchor because it uses a chain instead of straps or rope that will eventually rot the ground.
The method utilized in the second video will be a good choice if you are looking to set something up for a few weeks or months because it does not require the added step of encasing the anchor in concrete.
Setting up deadmans anchor with a chain and pipe encased in concreat.
Different method of setting up deadman anchor with rope or a strap without using concrete.
How to set up a slackline temporary deadman anchor.
This method can be used in sand or soil and is best when you are looking for a short term solution to setting up a slackline without trees.
The down side of the method is that digging two holes that are the size shown in the video below could take a long time if dug in hard soil with lots of rocks and roots. Also, don't forget you have to dig it all back up when you are finished with it.
Sorry, I could not find an English tutorial but you can get a good idea of what needs to be done by watching the video below.
Setting up a slackline with screw in anchor augers
Screw in anchor augers take much less work to set up then digging big holes for deadman anchors but can still be a bit challenging to get into the ground
Anchor augers work well with soil but will not stay secure if used in sand.
Augers are not as strong of anchors as some of the other methods mentioned in this guide, and it is not recommended to use augurs if you are an adult and plan on doing moves that apply a lot of force to like the line like bounces and tricks.
For added strength, you can try adding additional augers to each side of the line.
I couldn't find any information on how long they they can be left in the ground for but it seems like they would need to be adjusted or relocated from time to time due to factors like rain, ground expanding and contracting with outside air temperature and the amount of use they get.
Note the gibbons ground screw is an auger that comes in two sizes 100cc and 70cc.
They are not sold as pairs on amazon they only sell them solo.
Creating permanent anchor poles.
It is possible to use metal poles or posts to setup a slackline.
Using poles can also eliminate the need for a slackline frame.
The general rule of thumb is to have around 3/5 of the length of the pole buried underground and encased in concrete.
Example ofhow to set upmetal poles for anchoring a slackline
How to set up a primitive rig slackline on a pole
indoor Slackline anchors.
How to slackline with an anchor bolt in the floor.
Mounting a slackline anchor to the floor will only work with a concrete slab.
While having a slackline set up in your living room may be a bit extream for most people you can use this idea to setup slackline in a more discreet place like a basement, garage or concrete patio.
In the video below it appears he is drilling the anchor into the wood flooring, But I believe the wood planks are just sitting on top of a concrete slab.
You can see in the video he lives in an apartment building, and typical under the wood, tile or carpeted flooring of the apartment building you will find a poured concrete slab.
Using a wall mounted anchor kit
Wall mounted kits can only be installed on concreat wall.
Using a wall mounted anchor kit can eliminate the need for a frame because the line will be as high you set up the mounts.
Keep in mind that if you install the kit wrong, it could come flying at you and injure you, so it is important that you are confident in knowing how to install wall mounted anchors.
Using a backup system can help to prevent this problem.
Typically wall mounted anchors are installed in commercial gyms that have suitable walls for these anchors. Keep in mind that installing a wall mounted kit on a weak foundation of a house may cause some severe damage, make sure the walls you install the kit are not damaged or being used to support a load.
The kit showed in the video below can be found here
Part 2: Choosing the Slackline Frame
Once you have figured how you are going to anchor the slackline you have to figure out how you are going to elevate the slackline so you can use it, this where the frame comes into play.
"A frames" are the most common frame used due to their strength, simplicity to build and stability but people also us other objects such as saw horses or wooden boxes to keep the line elevated.
How to setup a slackline a frame
Setting up an a frame is the same even if you are using different method of anchoring the slackline
If you are still having problems figuring out how to set up an a frame check all the videos above because they all show how to set up an a frame along with how to set up an anchor.
How to build a slackline a frame
The a frame the man in theses videos builds is high quality and can take a beating.
For easier to build diy slackline a frames check out these guides,
Where to buy slackline a frames
Building an a frame might not be practical for everyone.
If you don't already own the tools needed to build a diy slackline a frame it can end up costing a lot of money. Additionally to use the power tools needed to make one requires some basics woodworking skills.
So if you're not the do it yourself type there are a few a frame products available such as,
This site offers a few different models of a frames you can buy- http://www.slackline-corner.com/equipment/slackline-frames.html
Part 3: complete systems
Slackers Balance Blox
The slackers balance box kit is an all in one kit that is made for children up to 125 pounds that is about 5 feet long and sits 5 inches off the ground.
You can also link a few of these kits together to make a custom set up.
This product would be best for someone looking for a simple solution to setting up a slackline for young children to use that also does not take up a lot of space.
I think this kit would be quickly out grown by anyone over six years old but is a good choice for developing motor skills and balance for toddlers.
Slacker Balance Blox in use.
Note the balance box is being elevated with buckets durning normal use it should sit on the ground.
Indoor slackline racks.
These devises are best for casual use, children, yoga slackliners and general fitness.
Children seem to really enjoy these devises and their parents enjoy not having to rig up a slackline according to the many reviews i have read.
Some of the most common complains about them from experienced slacklliners is that they will be quickly out grown my most people and they have limited uses because they are not good for doing certain tricks because the line is too low to the ground
slackline industries slackstand
GIBBON Slacklines Independence Kit
This kit come with 2 x A-Frames, 2 x Ground scews (augurs) and a Classic Line X13 the maximum length it can be set up is 49 ft.
The height of the line off of the ground can be adjusted to 30com,50cm or 70cm.
This line is best for fitness, line walking or yoga lining. The ground screws are not strong enough for tricklining.
Slackline Industries Freedom Kit Grass Anchor
This kit comes with 2 36" A-Frames and 2 Grass Anchors that uses pegs that are driven into the ground to secure it into place.
This kit does not come you a slackline you have to use your own.
I could not find any videos of it being used or set up but I they become available I will put them up.
The spike anchor system is much stronger than using the ground augers so youcan use this line for tricklining
Height- 36 inches (91.44 cm)
Weight-14.45 lbs (6.56 kg)
Grass Anchor information
Length- 30.3 inches (77 cm)
Width-1.625 inches (41.27 mm)
Height- 0.875 inchs (22.29 mm)
It also includes 14 galvanized nails to secure the anchor beam into the ground.
The No-tree system using and custom adjustable frame anchor pegs.
This company has spent some time developing this kit so that it is a lot stronger and much simpler to set up than most of the other options for setting up a slackline without a tree.
This kit is similar to the freedom kit in that it uses pegs to anchor the slackline but instead of having a bunch of smaller pegs it uses a few larger pegs.
Having fewer larger pins will make setting up and breaking down the slackline a lot faster and provided an even stronger anchor than the freedom kit.
The frames slackline height settings are 40cm, 55cm, 70cm and 85cm
Also, keep in mind if you plan to use this on the beach you need to use two additional pegs on each side.
This product can be found at their website here
An overview of the no-tree system
How to set up and take down the no-tree slackline kit.
Part 4 Setting up slacklines using things in your Environment.
In general, it is not a good idea to set up slacklines on man made structures because most of these structures were not engineered to withstand the extreme lateral tension that a slackline can create on them.
Some people ask about setting up slacklines on telephone/electric poles. I think it is a horrible idea because there are so many variables of things that can go wrong that could lead to being killed that it just not worth it when there are so many other options to set up a slackline out there.
Another dangerous place to setup a slackline is on any load bearing column or pole. If you end up pulling the column/pole down with the slackline, there is a chance the structure will collapse on top of you.
Additionally setting up a slackline on any column made with brick or cinder block is a bad idea, most of these structures are not stronger enough to handle the tension a slackline will put on it and will eventually collapse.
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