Slackling at White Spider Climbing
aka… Get your wobble on!
One of the newest members to the White Spider Team, professional slackliner Harry Cloudfoot, has been working with us and we have installed a new, indoor 20m slackline!
The ideal balancing challenge, perfect for improving core stability and focus, the slackline will be a semi-permanent installation to the centre.
The line runs over our matted area to ensure nice soft landings should you come off, and our staff members are on hand to give you tips on how to beat the wobbles!
Think you've got what it takes? Try Harry's latest challenge, walking the entire length of the line (full-man) with your eyes closed!
Stay tuned for up and coming White Spider Slackline Workshops – for now, here are some tips from Harry to get you started:
- Keep your feet straight – Start with one foot on the floor, and your stronger foot on the slackline – big toe and ball of your foot always on the line.
- Look straight ahead – It helps with your posture; where you look, is where you go. Look down, you fall down!
- Use your arms to balance – Try to keep you elbows above your shoulders, and keep your arms relaxed. Your torso should be straight, but your arms moving.
Got any questions? Pop down to the centre and ask Harry how you can gain some ninja skills. Or better still book a private lesson and really get yourself on the way to slackline nirvana!
“I had a really great lesson with Harry, with his knowledge and insight providing a real change in my thinking and approach. First, Harry helped correct my posture and helping me understand the use of my arms. We then tackled breathing and core engagement and then mounting from a sitting position. All this in an hour and great fun. Spend your money letting Harry help you, you will not regret it.” – Steve MacQueen
“Harry not only has great skill on a slack line but also that rarer gift of being a great teacher. He is able to impart just the right amount of information without overloading you, and adapts his style to suit your pace and challenges. The two hours just flew by and I now have a set of good habits to practice. Thanks harry for making learning such fun.” – Paul Highams
“Thoroughly enjoyed my slackline lesson with Harry, he is so encouraging and informative. It was awesome and strangely addictive” – Sian Waters
“I thoroughly enjoyed the 1-to-1 slacklining lesson. It’s something I really wanted to try, but wasn’t sure whether I’d be able to do it or not. Harry was fantastic, he made me feel totally at ease, and despite the fact that we were in Clapham Common, I didn’t feel uncomfortable or self-conscious at all. The lesson was well-structured, and by the end of the hour I was able to walk along the line, which was a vast improvement on how I had started out. All in all, a great experience. I will definitely be going again.” – Shauna, London
“I enjoyed the slacklining very much because we went through things slowly and all together until we knew how to do things properly. I especially enjoyed the cool tricks we learnt at the end, as they were fun to practice.” – Cerys Highams
“I think a lot of slacklining’s benefits come from the meditative amount of focus required to achieve balance to stand on the line, and there are not many things kids can get into these days that require such prolonged focus and attention. Also the gratification is not instant but requires persistence and hard work. In much the same way learning a martial art (for example) increases confidence, ability to maintain concentration and greater self esteem as well as all the physical benefits, slacklining also offers a nicely integrated way to enhance the physical and emotional development of kids in a digital age” – Maddy Andrews
“I thought slacklining with harry was great because first he taught us some really good and fun balance warm-ups and also when we got on the line he supported us and gave us good tips and it was so much fun. I cant wait to start slacklining at home and it was a great introduction to the sport!” – Emma Highams