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Ever tried a slack line?

There’s a lot of activity here in Lungau at the moment – the Biosphere Rangers are now fully trained and already escorting guests up into the hills; the white water rafting has started in earnest; and the brand new climbing wall opens next Saturday.

Slacklining in Austria

At St Martin Chalets, we’re doing our bit too. For people who think they have a decent sense of balance, we’ve rigged up a ‘slackline’, which – for those of you not in the know (like me!) – is a kind of tightrope. It’s not actually a rope at all, but a very strong webbing strap, which is secured between two points, not far off the ground. As opposed to a tightrope, a slackline is not completely taut. It has some tension, but there is a certain amount of play, which allows the line to swing from side to side. I know this from experience.

It’s actually surprisingly difficult, but also quite addictive. Herby, being a one of those people who seems to be good at everything (very annoying), makes it look pretty easy but for most people, it’s quite a challenge. Luckily for us, we can get our own back: people who are good at slacklining are officially knows as ‘slackers’!!

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