VIDEO: East Lancs ‘slacklining’ thrill seekers putting themselves in danger

VIDEO: East Lancs ‘slacklining’ thrill seekers putting themselves in danger

VIDEO: East Lancs ‘slacklining’ thrill seekers putting themselves in danger

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

THRILL seekers in East Lancashire are putting themselves at risk by balancing on ropes 20 feet above the ground.

Police said the tightrope-like walking craze was ‘an accident waiting to happen’ as youths tied the rope to trees in parks and attempted to walk across as part of a skill known as ‘slacklining’.

As well as putting themselves in danger council bosses said they are also concerned trees are being damaged as people are using branches that are either too young or too frail to cope with the weight.

Pendle has become a particular hotspot for the sport, with slacklines spotted in numerous parks.

PC Nigel Keates said the activity needed to be carried out in the right environment to ensure lives were not in danger.

“We’re not the fun police,” he said. “I used to do this and teach it myself a number of years ago, it teaches balance and good skills but it has to be done in the right place, at the right time, in the right way.

“We were contacted by Pendle Council who said a number of trees in local parks had been damaged and some broken because of this activity.

“They were finding ropes tied to trees all over the place, and said they even found one that was 20 foot in the air.

“If people are doing this 20 foot in the air then it is an accident waiting to happen. If you fall from 20 feet then you are going to hurt yourself and there will be serious injuries.”

Councillors are now urging young people to be responsible and to think before putting themselves in danger.

Blackburn with Darwen Councillor Paul Browne said: “I think people that would do this are absolutely bonkers.

“They are putting their own lives at risk, and it’s stupid because the emergency services will have to deal with them if they have any accidents, and they are stretched enough as it is.

“As a tree lover, I think it’s not on, because they could damage them.”

Pendle Council’s portfolio holder for parks, Coun Nadeem Ahmed, said: “The people who are carrying out these activities are putting themselves at risk and in danger of injuring themselves.

“They are also causing a nuisance in our parks, damaging the trees and I would ask the young people doing this to stop.”

Burnley councillor David Heginbotham said: “ It’s pure stupidity. It’s like these people who jump from 25 feet into water, why put yourselves in danger?

“If people want to rake a risk then join the army. Don’t do this sort of thing.”

Oswaldtwistle Coun Peter Britcliffe, added: “This is a very dangerous practice. People who do it risk hurting themselves.

“Equally, some of the tree branches in our area are very old and they risk damaging them.”

Slacklining has been around for a number of years and there are official clubs that provide supervised events for people.

One of those groups is the Outdoor Trip Slackers, based in Preston, who provide weekly outings across Lancashire.

On their Facebook they said: “Slacklining is becoming increasingly popular across the UK with the creation of new tricks and people going to new heights.

“The slacklining world is still very small but becoming increasingly popular in the UK. Each year there are various events and competitions that we hope to join.”

Police said they encouraged people to join in with the fun if it was done in an organised and safe manner.

“We don’t want to put a stop to this,” said PC Keates. “But as with everything it needs to be done responsibly.

“People can get carried away and they don’t see the dangers. Once they’ve done it low down a couple of times they will increase the risk, and that is when it becomes dangerous.

“There is obviously a lot of people who enjoy it in this area, and that is great. What we would really like to see is people doing it in a controlled environment.

“There are clubs that exist so why not set one up in Pendle if you are passionate about it?

“Put posts in the ground so you don’t damage trees and can’t take it to extremes. Talk to the council and get something safe set up.”

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8:01am Sat 16 Aug 14

AnthonyUK says...

Would the parents and teenagers of their children doing this willynilly in public spaces and parks and illegally be very happy if their children doing this met their deaths or serious injury? It only takes a death or serious injury for parents to kick off against councils if their kids are injured through something dangerous or stupid that they have done expecting compo for it and sueing councils on top. And before anybody says "they're only kids leave em' to it", think again about the danger it is exposing them to.
Would the parents and teenagers of their children doing this willynilly in public spaces and parks and illegally be very happy if their children doing this met their deaths or serious injury? It only takes a death or serious injury for parents to kick off against councils if their kids are injured through something dangerous or stupid that they have done expecting compo for it and sueing councils on top. And before anybody says "they're only kids leave em' to it", think again about the danger it is exposing them to. AnthonyUK
  • Score: 5

8:10am Sat 16 Aug 14

Eric Shawn says...

...and some kids have been seen running fast and riding their bicycles down steep hills. Some have even been seen fishing by a river, I mean they could easily fall in and drown. Get them back to their computer games where they are nice and safe. Oh! wait... that turns them into violent axe murderers. Doh!
...and some kids have been seen running fast and riding their bicycles down steep hills. Some have even been seen fishing by a river, I mean they could easily fall in and drown. Get them back to their computer games where they are nice and safe. Oh! wait... that turns them into violent axe murderers. Doh! Eric Shawn
  • Score: 11

11:19am Sat 16 Aug 14

Mr Banford says...

One minute were telling kids to go out and climb trees. now were worried about damaging the trees.
kids cant be kids these days.
damned if they do, damned it they dont....
One minute were telling kids to go out and climb trees. now were worried about damaging the trees. kids cant be kids these days. damned if they do, damned it they dont.... Mr Banford
  • Score: 12

5:13pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Jimmyyy says...

Comments from officers and councillors about these people "putting their lives in danger" are ludicrous. Life IS a risk, one bloody big one and nobody makes it out alive.
Did you hear that, scaremongers? 100% of people who live, die, so let's all just not live to prevent the hassle, eh?
Humans have faced danger, whether natural or as a result of some sort of extreme sport for as long a we have existed.
Fun sponges will always want to live very long, very boring lives, but they shouldn't insist on forcing their lifestyle choices on everyone else. If someone wants to partake in a dangerous activity for an adrenaline rush, then by all means let them. They know the dangers and possible consequences...
Comments from officers and councillors about these people "putting their lives in danger" are ludicrous. Life IS a risk, one bloody big one and nobody makes it out alive. Did you hear that, scaremongers? 100% of people who live, die, so let's all just not live to prevent the hassle, eh? Humans have faced danger, whether natural or as a result of some sort of extreme sport for as long a we have existed. Fun sponges will always want to live very long, very boring lives, but they shouldn't insist on forcing their lifestyle choices on everyone else. If someone wants to partake in a dangerous activity for an adrenaline rush, then by all means let them. They know the dangers and possible consequences... Jimmyyy
  • Score: 7

5:17pm Sat 16 Aug 14

carlyhall1800 says...

i agree with the first two comments i think we are living in a sad lonely over protected world.

i actually slackline myself and i love the sport. i attend this with a good group of close friends whom of which 2 are Tree Surgeons. slacklines are made 50mm wide for a reason, any slimmer and they could damage trees but this is highly unlikely, also we have Tree Protectors which protect the trees and our lines :). you can check out on the web this is an amazing skilled sport that has been around for a long time and now has finally hit the UK and i am VERY excited about this. slacklines are used in all parks around the world and no tree damage is coursed. maybe you could look into this before you write a full article on slacklining with NO facts.

and may i just add to the above comment. it isn't just for teenagers (whom you are making out to be rebels) its also for skilled strong adults and is classed as a highly skilled sport. i can see that 20 feet in the air may seem dangerous and extreme but this sport is mainly done 3 to 4 feet off the ground.

i cannot understand why there is an issue. maybe do some research before you slander a sport.
i agree with the first two comments i think we are living in a sad lonely over protected world. i actually slackline myself and i love the sport. i attend this with a good group of close friends whom of which 2 are Tree Surgeons. slacklines are made 50mm wide for a reason, any slimmer and they could damage trees but this is highly unlikely, also we have Tree Protectors which protect the trees and our lines :). you can check out on the web this is an amazing skilled sport that has been around for a long time and now has finally hit the UK and i am VERY excited about this. slacklines are used in all parks around the world and no tree damage is coursed. maybe you could look into this before you write a full article on slacklining with NO facts. and may i just add to the above comment. it isn't just for teenagers (whom you are making out to be rebels) its also for skilled strong adults and is classed as a highly skilled sport. i can see that 20 feet in the air may seem dangerous and extreme but this sport is mainly done 3 to 4 feet off the ground. i cannot understand why there is an issue. maybe do some research before you slander a sport. carlyhall1800
  • Score: 5

6:18pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Karilas says...

This, as with many things, strikes me as an issue of responsibility and education. A number of my friends enjoy slacklining in the local area, and we're plenty aware of the potential dangers both to ourselves and to the trees. The truth is simply that if you carefully select your location, the risks are minimal.

When we go out slacklining, we are always very careful not to put our lines anywhere where they may put undue strain on the trees, in addition to this, a simple scrap of carpet is, in most cases, plenty sufficient to protect the bark from wear and tear.

I guess what I'm driving at is that this activity is only as dangerous as the participants make it. Rather than simply bemoaning people going out and doing things, how about we make information on how to avoid damage and injury more readily available?
This, as with many things, strikes me as an issue of responsibility and education. A number of my friends enjoy slacklining in the local area, and we're plenty aware of the potential dangers both to ourselves and to the trees. The truth is simply that if you carefully select your location, the risks are minimal. When we go out slacklining, we are always very careful not to put our lines anywhere where they may put undue strain on the trees, in addition to this, a simple scrap of carpet is, in most cases, plenty sufficient to protect the bark from wear and tear. I guess what I'm driving at is that this activity is only as dangerous as the participants make it. Rather than simply bemoaning people going out and doing things, how about we make information on how to avoid damage and injury more readily available? Karilas
  • Score: 5

10:17pm Sat 16 Aug 14

The Seagull has landed says...

Jimmyyy wrote:
Comments from officers and councillors about these people "putting their lives in danger" are ludicrous. Life IS a risk, one bloody big one and nobody makes it out alive.
Did you hear that, scaremongers? 100% of people who live, die, so let's all just not live to prevent the hassle, eh?
Humans have faced danger, whether natural or as a result of some sort of extreme sport for as long a we have existed.
Fun sponges will always want to live very long, very boring lives, but they shouldn't insist on forcing their lifestyle choices on everyone else. If someone wants to partake in a dangerous activity for an adrenaline rush, then by all means let them. They know the dangers and possible consequences...
Would you rather die in your 80's/90's knowing you have lived life to the full having had a loving family who have then gone on to raise a family of their own etc etc or would you rather die falling out of a tree landing on your head breaking your neck and skull aged 14?

......?Are you really that stupid or did you have to attend some kind of special stupid training?
[quote][p][bold]Jimmyyy[/bold] wrote: Comments from officers and councillors about these people "putting their lives in danger" are ludicrous. Life IS a risk, one bloody big one and nobody makes it out alive. Did you hear that, scaremongers? 100% of people who live, die, so let's all just not live to prevent the hassle, eh? Humans have faced danger, whether natural or as a result of some sort of extreme sport for as long a we have existed. Fun sponges will always want to live very long, very boring lives, but they shouldn't insist on forcing their lifestyle choices on everyone else. If someone wants to partake in a dangerous activity for an adrenaline rush, then by all means let them. They know the dangers and possible consequences...[/p][/quote]Would you rather die in your 80's/90's knowing you have lived life to the full having had a loving family who have then gone on to raise a family of their own etc etc or would you rather die falling out of a tree landing on your head breaking your neck and skull aged 14? ......?Are you really that stupid or did you have to attend some kind of special stupid training? The Seagull has landed
  • Score: -4

10:24pm Sat 16 Aug 14

The Seagull has landed says...

Jimmyyy wrote:
Comments from officers and councillors about these people "putting their lives in danger" are ludicrous. Life IS a risk, one bloody big one and nobody makes it out alive.
Did you hear that, scaremongers? 100% of people who live, die, so let's all just not live to prevent the hassle, eh?
Humans have faced danger, whether natural or as a result of some sort of extreme sport for as long a we have existed.
Fun sponges will always want to live very long, very boring lives, but they shouldn't insist on forcing their lifestyle choices on everyone else. If someone wants to partake in a dangerous activity for an adrenaline rush, then by all means let them. They know the dangers and possible consequences...
As an after thought, do you have children? I hope for their sakes you don't but if you do how would you feel if the police knocked on your door and told you your child had died falling out of a tree breaking their neck?
Would you be so blasé about "adrenaline activities" then? Of course not. You'd be the first to be pictured on the LT moaning about how the council / police haven't done enough to educate people of the dangers and setting up a Facebook appeal and charity events etc etc etc.
[quote][p][bold]Jimmyyy[/bold] wrote: Comments from officers and councillors about these people "putting their lives in danger" are ludicrous. Life IS a risk, one bloody big one and nobody makes it out alive. Did you hear that, scaremongers? 100% of people who live, die, so let's all just not live to prevent the hassle, eh? Humans have faced danger, whether natural or as a result of some sort of extreme sport for as long a we have existed. Fun sponges will always want to live very long, very boring lives, but they shouldn't insist on forcing their lifestyle choices on everyone else. If someone wants to partake in a dangerous activity for an adrenaline rush, then by all means let them. They know the dangers and possible consequences...[/p][/quote]As an after thought, do you have children? I hope for their sakes you don't but if you do how would you feel if the police knocked on your door and told you your child had died falling out of a tree breaking their neck? Would you be so blasé about "adrenaline activities" then? Of course not. You'd be the first to be pictured on the LT moaning about how the council / police haven't done enough to educate people of the dangers and setting up a Facebook appeal and charity events etc etc etc. The Seagull has landed
  • Score: -2

11:39pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Jimmyyy says...

The Seagull has landed wrote:
Jimmyyy wrote:
Comments from officers and councillors about these people "putting their lives in danger" are ludicrous. Life IS a risk, one bloody big one and nobody makes it out alive.
Did you hear that, scaremongers? 100% of people who live, die, so let's all just not live to prevent the hassle, eh?
Humans have faced danger, whether natural or as a result of some sort of extreme sport for as long a we have existed.
Fun sponges will always want to live very long, very boring lives, but they shouldn't insist on forcing their lifestyle choices on everyone else. If someone wants to partake in a dangerous activity for an adrenaline rush, then by all means let them. They know the dangers and possible consequences...
As an after thought, do you have children? I hope for their sakes you don't but if you do how would you feel if the police knocked on your door and told you your child had died falling out of a tree breaking their neck?
Would you be so blasé about "adrenaline activities" then? Of course not. You'd be the first to be pictured on the LT moaning about how the council / police haven't done enough to educate people of the dangers and setting up a Facebook appeal and charity events etc etc etc.
You clearly don't know me at all, evidenced by the fact that you make gross (and incorrect) assumptions of how I would react should my child die as a result of this, or any, activity. For the record, I have no children and given I am in my early 20's, I have no intention of having any children for the foreseeable future.

Personally, I do not believe it is the job of the council or police to educate children or teenagers about anything at all. When it comes to educating children about the dangers of certain activities, that responsibility lies squarely with the parents.

Should I be unfortunate enough to have a child who dies breaking their neck after falling out of a tree, I would of course be incredibly upset, but I wouldn't go moaning to anyone about anything, nor would I try to blame anyone.
My responsibility as a parent would be to educate my child, not place them in restraints out of fear. If I explained to my child the dangers of their choice of activity, but they went ahead and did it anyway, then there is nothing I can do to stop that short of locking them up in their room. As devastated as I would be if they died, they were aware of the possible consequences and went ahead regardless.

You call me blasé, but I don't see you kicking up a fuss over the myriad of other dangerous activities. Should we ban down hill biking, rock climbing, skating, skiing and sky diving because they are risky?
You might as well just stay indoors for the rest of your life, we don't want you to risk getting knocked down by a car! The roads and pavements are too dangerous! Get your groceries delivered, pad your walls with foam and continue to "live your life to the full" in the safety of your home.

And to answer your first question, I certainly wouldn't mind living into my 80's or 90's, but I wouldn't like to reach that age by placing myself in restraints refusing to have any fun because of some risk. That's hardly living life to the full, is it?

We can't ban children from climbing trees because a small number of them might fall out and a yet smaller few might die...
[quote][p][bold]The Seagull has landed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jimmyyy[/bold] wrote: Comments from officers and councillors about these people "putting their lives in danger" are ludicrous. Life IS a risk, one bloody big one and nobody makes it out alive. Did you hear that, scaremongers? 100% of people who live, die, so let's all just not live to prevent the hassle, eh? Humans have faced danger, whether natural or as a result of some sort of extreme sport for as long a we have existed. Fun sponges will always want to live very long, very boring lives, but they shouldn't insist on forcing their lifestyle choices on everyone else. If someone wants to partake in a dangerous activity for an adrenaline rush, then by all means let them. They know the dangers and possible consequences...[/p][/quote]As an after thought, do you have children? I hope for their sakes you don't but if you do how would you feel if the police knocked on your door and told you your child had died falling out of a tree breaking their neck? Would you be so blasé about "adrenaline activities" then? Of course not. You'd be the first to be pictured on the LT moaning about how the council / police haven't done enough to educate people of the dangers and setting up a Facebook appeal and charity events etc etc etc.[/p][/quote]You clearly don't know me at all, evidenced by the fact that you make gross (and incorrect) assumptions of how I would react should my child die as a result of this, or any, activity. For the record, I have no children and given I am in my early 20's, I have no intention of having any children for the foreseeable future. Personally, I do not believe it is the job of the council or police to educate children or teenagers about anything at all. When it comes to educating children about the dangers of certain activities, that responsibility lies squarely with the parents. Should I be unfortunate enough to have a child who dies breaking their neck after falling out of a tree, I would of course be incredibly upset, but I wouldn't go moaning to anyone about anything, nor would I try to blame anyone. My responsibility as a parent would be to educate my child, not place them in restraints out of fear. If I explained to my child the dangers of their choice of activity, but they went ahead and did it anyway, then there is nothing I can do to stop that short of locking them up in their room. As devastated as I would be if they died, they were aware of the possible consequences and went ahead regardless. You call me blasé, but I don't see you kicking up a fuss over the myriad of other dangerous activities. Should we ban down hill biking, rock climbing, skating, skiing and sky diving because they are risky? You might as well just stay indoors for the rest of your life, we don't want you to risk getting knocked down by a car! The roads and pavements are too dangerous! Get your groceries delivered, pad your walls with foam and continue to "live your life to the full" in the safety of your home. And to answer your first question, I certainly wouldn't mind living into my 80's or 90's, but I wouldn't like to reach that age by placing myself in restraints refusing to have any fun because of some risk. That's hardly living life to the full, is it? We can't ban children from climbing trees because a small number of them might fall out and a yet smaller few might die... Jimmyyy
  • Score: 9

12:32am Sun 17 Aug 14

EYESINTHESKY says...

Jimmyyy wrote:
Comments from officers and councillors about these people "putting their lives in danger" are ludicrous. Life IS a risk, one bloody big one and nobody makes it out alive.
Did you hear that, scaremongers? 100% of people who live, die, so let's all just not live to prevent the hassle, eh?
Humans have faced danger, whether natural or as a result of some sort of extreme sport for as long a we have existed.
Fun sponges will always want to live very long, very boring lives, but they shouldn't insist on forcing their lifestyle choices on everyone else. If someone wants to partake in a dangerous activity for an adrenaline rush, then by all means let them. They know the dangers and possible consequences...
'Live fast, die young'.

Narcicist, much? You have a very selfish outlook on life. Yep. Except it's someone's son, daughter etc who could die because, according to you, it's other people forcing their lifestyles on others.

Then that family, relatives ... When they arrive busted up or dead in casualty ... Just be lucky you ARE alive and can say such things, son.

' Live fast, die young'. If your too young to understand this reference look up James Dean.

It may be okay for those who are experts at It but ... Once it's on somewhere like YT... People just wanna copy. 'Don't try this at home'.

Much like those narcicistic pillocks who set fire to themselves and either end up badly burned or dead. Not all kids, either. Brains fell out somewhere. Stupid. Just because its a 'craze'. Cos they saw it on YT. Yep, they don't want to live boring long lives, either. Cos they is-a bored, no doubt.

BTW I'm not trying to spoil your ideas of what you think is 'fun' but dying without having lived first isn't many people's idea of 'fun'. I don't actually care son if you went and did this. Its your life after all ... Lets hope it's not a short one.
[quote][p][bold]Jimmyyy[/bold] wrote: Comments from officers and councillors about these people "putting their lives in danger" are ludicrous. Life IS a risk, one bloody big one and nobody makes it out alive. Did you hear that, scaremongers? 100% of people who live, die, so let's all just not live to prevent the hassle, eh? Humans have faced danger, whether natural or as a result of some sort of extreme sport for as long a we have existed. Fun sponges will always want to live very long, very boring lives, but they shouldn't insist on forcing their lifestyle choices on everyone else. If someone wants to partake in a dangerous activity for an adrenaline rush, then by all means let them. They know the dangers and possible consequences...[/p][/quote]'Live fast, die young'. Narcicist, much? You have a very selfish outlook on life. Yep. Except it's someone's son, daughter etc who could die because, according to you, it's other people forcing their lifestyles on others. Then that family, relatives ... When they arrive busted up or dead in casualty ... Just be lucky you ARE alive and can say such things, son. ' Live fast, die young'. If your too young to understand this reference look up James Dean. It may be okay for those who are experts at It but ... Once it's on somewhere like YT... People just wanna copy. 'Don't try this at home'. Much like those narcicistic pillocks who set fire to themselves and either end up badly burned or dead. Not all kids, either. Brains fell out somewhere. Stupid. Just because its a 'craze'. Cos they saw it on YT. Yep, they don't want to live boring long lives, either. Cos they is-a bored, no doubt. BTW I'm not trying to spoil your ideas of what you think is 'fun' but dying without having lived first isn't many people's idea of 'fun'. I don't actually care son if you went and did this. Its your life after all ... Lets hope it's not a short one. EYESINTHESKY
  • Score: -6

12:39am Sun 17 Aug 14

EYESINTHESKY says...

Stupid Telegraph won't allow paragraph breaks but to add: Yep it is up to the parents to teach them the dangers but, let's face it, that's not up to much, either. When most were raised in a generation where they couldn't care less or don't want to bother. The responsibility also lies with the person doing the stunts.
Stupid Telegraph won't allow paragraph breaks but to add: Yep it is up to the parents to teach them the dangers but, let's face it, that's not up to much, either. When most were raised in a generation where they couldn't care less or don't want to bother. The responsibility also lies with the person doing the stunts. EYESINTHESKY
  • Score: -3

1:25am Sun 17 Aug 14

Mr Banford says...

EYESINTHESKY wrote:
Jimmyyy wrote:
Comments from officers and councillors about these people "putting their lives in danger" are ludicrous. Life IS a risk, one bloody big one and nobody makes it out alive.
Did you hear that, scaremongers? 100% of people who live, die, so let's all just not live to prevent the hassle, eh?
Humans have faced danger, whether natural or as a result of some sort of extreme sport for as long a we have existed.
Fun sponges will always want to live very long, very boring lives, but they shouldn't insist on forcing their lifestyle choices on everyone else. If someone wants to partake in a dangerous activity for an adrenaline rush, then by all means let them. They know the dangers and possible consequences...
'Live fast, die young'.

Narcicist, much? You have a very selfish outlook on life. Yep. Except it's someone's son, daughter etc who could die because, according to you, it's other people forcing their lifestyles on others.

Then that family, relatives ... When they arrive busted up or dead in casualty ... Just be lucky you ARE alive and can say such things, son.

' Live fast, die young'. If your too young to understand this reference look up James Dean.

It may be okay for those who are experts at It but ... Once it's on somewhere like YT... People just wanna copy. 'Don't try this at home'.

Much like those narcicistic pillocks who set fire to themselves and either end up badly burned or dead. Not all kids, either. Brains fell out somewhere. Stupid. Just because its a 'craze'. Cos they saw it on YT. Yep, they don't want to live boring long lives, either. Cos they is-a bored, no doubt.

BTW I'm not trying to spoil your ideas of what you think is 'fun' but dying without having lived first isn't many people's idea of 'fun'. I don't actually care son if you went and did this. Its your life after all ... Lets hope it's not a short one.
i much prefer people do this for a thrill than snort a line, pop a pill, nick a bike or rob someone just for something to do....
people enjoy adrenaline and the adrenaline comes from risk.
even if this was done in a controlled environment people would eventually take it out onto the streets/parks.
youth clubs no longer exist and i would prefer them doing this than videoing their necknominate on facebook....
obviously nobody wants to see their children die but i would prefer they died from something they enjoyed than finding them hung in their bedroom because i wouldnt let them out to play.
[quote][p][bold]EYESINTHESKY[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jimmyyy[/bold] wrote: Comments from officers and councillors about these people "putting their lives in danger" are ludicrous. Life IS a risk, one bloody big one and nobody makes it out alive. Did you hear that, scaremongers? 100% of people who live, die, so let's all just not live to prevent the hassle, eh? Humans have faced danger, whether natural or as a result of some sort of extreme sport for as long a we have existed. Fun sponges will always want to live very long, very boring lives, but they shouldn't insist on forcing their lifestyle choices on everyone else. If someone wants to partake in a dangerous activity for an adrenaline rush, then by all means let them. They know the dangers and possible consequences...[/p][/quote]'Live fast, die young'. Narcicist, much? You have a very selfish outlook on life. Yep. Except it's someone's son, daughter etc who could die because, according to you, it's other people forcing their lifestyles on others. Then that family, relatives ... When they arrive busted up or dead in casualty ... Just be lucky you ARE alive and can say such things, son. ' Live fast, die young'. If your too young to understand this reference look up James Dean. It may be okay for those who are experts at It but ... Once it's on somewhere like YT... People just wanna copy. 'Don't try this at home'. Much like those narcicistic pillocks who set fire to themselves and either end up badly burned or dead. Not all kids, either. Brains fell out somewhere. Stupid. Just because its a 'craze'. Cos they saw it on YT. Yep, they don't want to live boring long lives, either. Cos they is-a bored, no doubt. BTW I'm not trying to spoil your ideas of what you think is 'fun' but dying without having lived first isn't many people's idea of 'fun'. I don't actually care son if you went and did this. Its your life after all ... Lets hope it's not a short one.[/p][/quote]i much prefer people do this for a thrill than snort a line, pop a pill, nick a bike or rob someone just for something to do.... people enjoy adrenaline and the adrenaline comes from risk. even if this was done in a controlled environment people would eventually take it out onto the streets/parks. youth clubs no longer exist and i would prefer them doing this than videoing their necknominate on facebook.... obviously nobody wants to see their children die but i would prefer they died from something they enjoyed than finding them hung in their bedroom because i wouldnt let them out to play. Mr Banford
  • Score: 6

1:32am Sun 17 Aug 14

Jimmyyy says...

EYESINTHESKY wrote:
Jimmyyy wrote:
Comments from officers and councillors about these people "putting their lives in danger" are ludicrous. Life IS a risk, one bloody big one and nobody makes it out alive.
Did you hear that, scaremongers? 100% of people who live, die, so let's all just not live to prevent the hassle, eh?
Humans have faced danger, whether natural or as a result of some sort of extreme sport for as long a we have existed.
Fun sponges will always want to live very long, very boring lives, but they shouldn't insist on forcing their lifestyle choices on everyone else. If someone wants to partake in a dangerous activity for an adrenaline rush, then by all means let them. They know the dangers and possible consequences...
'Live fast, die young'.

Narcicist, much? You have a very selfish outlook on life. Yep. Except it's someone's son, daughter etc who could die because, according to you, it's other people forcing their lifestyles on others.

Then that family, relatives ... When they arrive busted up or dead in casualty ... Just be lucky you ARE alive and can say such things, son.

' Live fast, die young'. If your too young to understand this reference look up James Dean.

It may be okay for those who are experts at It but ... Once it's on somewhere like YT... People just wanna copy. 'Don't try this at home'.

Much like those narcicistic pillocks who set fire to themselves and either end up badly burned or dead. Not all kids, either. Brains fell out somewhere. Stupid. Just because its a 'craze'. Cos they saw it on YT. Yep, they don't want to live boring long lives, either. Cos they is-a bored, no doubt.

BTW I'm not trying to spoil your ideas of what you think is 'fun' but dying without having lived first isn't many people's idea of 'fun'. I don't actually care son if you went and did this. Its your life after all ... Lets hope it's not a short one.
Yet more incorrect assumptions from someone who doesn't know me at all. How could you possibly know that I am selfish and narcissistic from anything I have said?
What's most amusing is the assumption that I partake in this activity myself. I don't, nor do I take part in any other "extreme sport" someone might consider dangerous.

You can not control the activities which someone enjoys or decides to take part in and by kicking up this fuss these people are attempting to force their lifestyle choices on to others. They would not take the risk and therefore, they believe nobody else should either, but it is not for them to decide!

All we can do for children is give them the best, broadest education possible so that when they get older and gain some independence they are properly equipped for the outside world. What we can not do is control their every activity, their every move. Many children and teenagers will choose to take part in various dangerous activities or sports, despite their knowledge of the dangers. There is nothing we can do to prevent that because they will always find a way if they really want to. Again, all we can do is give them the best education so they can make the right decisions, such as wearing a helmet, or in the case of this article, setting the line lower down or setting up somewhere they can fit a safety net, or even better visit some leisure centre already equipped for the activity.

You say it may be okay for the experts, but how do you think experts are born? It is certainly not overnight when finally, on their 18th birthday, they decide to try out that extreme sport they have been waiting all of their childhood to have a go at! The best athletes dedicate themselves to their sport long before adulthood, whether their sport is traditional or "extreme."

Regarding YT crazes, anybody stupid enough to set themselves on fire because they saw it on YT, anybody stupid enough to take part in those "NekNominate" challenges, anybody stupid enough to slackline on a 20 foot high rope with no safety precautions, as is reported in this article, is a potential victim of natural selection and should be left to it. I don't want to trivialise anybody's death because it is undoubtedly a sad time for family and friends, but I do not have words for anybody who is *that* stupid.

That said, I am fed up with this 'elf 'n' safety gone mad attitude that is taking over. There is nothing stupid about putting yourself in a potentially dangerous situation, so long as you take relevant precautions and know what you're doing.

To David Heginbotham, who said: “ It’s pure stupidity. It’s like these people who jump from 25 feet into water, why put yourselves in danger?" If you want an answer to that question, go and ask some of the many people who put themselves in danger every day: sky divers, base jumpers, free runners, rock climbers... Adrenaline is a very potent, natural high, these activities would be an incredible thrill.
[quote][p][bold]EYESINTHESKY[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jimmyyy[/bold] wrote: Comments from officers and councillors about these people "putting their lives in danger" are ludicrous. Life IS a risk, one bloody big one and nobody makes it out alive. Did you hear that, scaremongers? 100% of people who live, die, so let's all just not live to prevent the hassle, eh? Humans have faced danger, whether natural or as a result of some sort of extreme sport for as long a we have existed. Fun sponges will always want to live very long, very boring lives, but they shouldn't insist on forcing their lifestyle choices on everyone else. If someone wants to partake in a dangerous activity for an adrenaline rush, then by all means let them. They know the dangers and possible consequences...[/p][/quote]'Live fast, die young'. Narcicist, much? You have a very selfish outlook on life. Yep. Except it's someone's son, daughter etc who could die because, according to you, it's other people forcing their lifestyles on others. Then that family, relatives ... When they arrive busted up or dead in casualty ... Just be lucky you ARE alive and can say such things, son. ' Live fast, die young'. If your too young to understand this reference look up James Dean. It may be okay for those who are experts at It but ... Once it's on somewhere like YT... People just wanna copy. 'Don't try this at home'. Much like those narcicistic pillocks who set fire to themselves and either end up badly burned or dead. Not all kids, either. Brains fell out somewhere. Stupid. Just because its a 'craze'. Cos they saw it on YT. Yep, they don't want to live boring long lives, either. Cos they is-a bored, no doubt. BTW I'm not trying to spoil your ideas of what you think is 'fun' but dying without having lived first isn't many people's idea of 'fun'. I don't actually care son if you went and did this. Its your life after all ... Lets hope it's not a short one.[/p][/quote]Yet more incorrect assumptions from someone who doesn't know me at all. How could you possibly know that I am selfish and narcissistic from anything I have said? What's most amusing is the assumption that I partake in this activity myself. I don't, nor do I take part in any other "extreme sport" someone might consider dangerous. You can not control the activities which someone enjoys or decides to take part in and by kicking up this fuss these people are attempting to force their lifestyle choices on to others. They would not take the risk and therefore, they believe nobody else should either, but it is not for them to decide! All we can do for children is give them the best, broadest education possible so that when they get older and gain some independence they are properly equipped for the outside world. What we can not do is control their every activity, their every move. Many children and teenagers will choose to take part in various dangerous activities or sports, despite their knowledge of the dangers. There is nothing we can do to prevent that because they will always find a way if they really want to. Again, all we can do is give them the best education so they can make the right decisions, such as wearing a helmet, or in the case of this article, setting the line lower down or setting up somewhere they can fit a safety net, or even better visit some leisure centre already equipped for the activity. You say it may be okay for the experts, but how do you think experts are born? It is certainly not overnight when finally, on their 18th birthday, they decide to try out that extreme sport they have been waiting all of their childhood to have a go at! The best athletes dedicate themselves to their sport long before adulthood, whether their sport is traditional or "extreme." Regarding YT crazes, anybody stupid enough to set themselves on fire because they saw it on YT, anybody stupid enough to take part in those "NekNominate" challenges, anybody stupid enough to slackline on a 20 foot high rope with no safety precautions, as is reported in this article, is a potential victim of natural selection and should be left to it. I don't want to trivialise anybody's death because it is undoubtedly a sad time for family and friends, but I do not have words for anybody who is *that* stupid. That said, I am fed up with this 'elf 'n' safety gone mad attitude that is taking over. There is nothing stupid about putting yourself in a potentially dangerous situation, so long as you take relevant precautions and know what you're doing. To David Heginbotham, who said: “ It’s pure stupidity. It’s like these people who jump from 25 feet into water, why put yourselves in danger?" If you want an answer to that question, go and ask some of the many people who put themselves in danger every day: sky divers, base jumpers, free runners, rock climbers... Adrenaline is a very potent, natural high, these activities would be an incredible thrill. Jimmyyy
  • Score: 5

1:15pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Roverthere says...

I would be more concerned with the damage to the trees!
I would be more concerned with the damage to the trees! Roverthere
  • Score: 1

1:49pm Sun 17 Aug 14

carlyhall1800 says...

http://youtu.be/a6Wu
jgxcMys

just a link you can look at to see that it is skilled sport and not teenage rebels falling out of trees and dying.

I'm 26 and i slackline i really enjoy this sport and I'm excited to see its finally hit the UK and becoming a little more well known. I have friends that have done this for years and can safely say none of them have fallen out of a 20 foot tree because its done around 4 feet off the ground.

im surprised this has had such negative feedback maybe its because not many people no much about this sport. i went travelling round the world and that's how i got introduced to slacklining. i instantly loved it and although its not to everyone's taste i met some amazing and headstrong people through it. it was nice to bring people close together and back to there careering fun filled roots. it really brought people together and was a sense of being free.

its nice to have something to look forward to at the end of a hard working week, and whilst the air is clear and the rain holds back i'm not going to stop doing something that i'm passionate about and love. i'm not harming trees i'm not encouraging teenagers to clime up trees and fall to there death. and i'm not forcing this sport upon anyone.

im just slacklining and loving it.
http://youtu.be/a6Wu jgxcMys just a link you can look at to see that it is skilled sport and not teenage rebels falling out of trees and dying. I'm 26 and i slackline i really enjoy this sport and I'm excited to see its finally hit the UK and becoming a little more well known. I have friends that have done this for years and can safely say none of them have fallen out of a 20 foot tree because its done around 4 feet off the ground. im surprised this has had such negative feedback maybe its because not many people no much about this sport. i went travelling round the world and that's how i got introduced to slacklining. i instantly loved it and although its not to everyone's taste i met some amazing and headstrong people through it. it was nice to bring people close together and back to there careering fun filled roots. it really brought people together and was a sense of being free. its nice to have something to look forward to at the end of a hard working week, and whilst the air is clear and the rain holds back i'm not going to stop doing something that i'm passionate about and love. i'm not harming trees i'm not encouraging teenagers to clime up trees and fall to there death. and i'm not forcing this sport upon anyone. im just slacklining and loving it. carlyhall1800
  • Score: 1

7:40pm Sun 17 Aug 14

DoggydogNo1 says...

Come on, Kids will be kids. If they get hurt, then its on their own heads! Get a grip!
Come on, Kids will be kids. If they get hurt, then its on their own heads! Get a grip! DoggydogNo1
  • Score: 0

7:42pm Sun 17 Aug 14

DoggydogNo1 says...

Burnley councillor David Heginbotham said: “ It’s pure stupidity. It’s like these people who jump from 25 feet into water, why put yourselves in danger?

“If people want to rake a risk then join the army. Don’t do this sort of thing.”

What you trying to say?
Burnley councillor David Heginbotham said: “ It’s pure stupidity. It’s like these people who jump from 25 feet into water, why put yourselves in danger? “If people want to rake a risk then join the army. Don’t do this sort of thing.” What you trying to say? DoggydogNo1
  • Score: -4

6:42am Mon 18 Aug 14

AnthonyUK says...

I hope councils grow some balls and prosecute fine and jail the kids who have NO respect for safety and the law who do it in parks and open spaces and restrict it to organised who do it FAR SAFELY than individuals being ignorant and willy nilly.
I hope councils grow some balls and prosecute fine and jail the kids who have NO respect for safety and the law who do it in parks and open spaces and restrict it to organised who do it FAR SAFELY than individuals being ignorant and willy nilly. AnthonyUK
  • Score: 0

10:03am Mon 18 Aug 14

JFearon93 says...

All of the dismissive comments here are clearly by people who don't slackline and don't understand the sport.
When properly rigged with the correct gear, Slacklining at a height is actually one of the safest forms of the sport.
Good Highline systems use very strong, rated rigging gear, have completely separate backup lines in the slim chance something does fail and even then the walker is secured onto the line with a safety leash and climbing harness.
If you look at the photo, he has a line coming from his waist to the line to catch him if he falls.
(I will add that aside from the leash, the line pictured is not what we consider rigged safely and should in no way be copied or taken as the norm. The walker should know better, and if not he shouldn't be rigging highlines. Rest assured people in the slackline community are trying to find out who he is so we can educate him in safe rigging and good practice)

Articles like this are very damaging to the sport as they are written with no knowledge of the sport itself or of its participants. Slacklining in general is a very enjoyable sport that benefits almost every aspect of your life and well-being, and on the most part is pretty safe.
Responsible slackliners take every precaution to leave no trace at the locations we use. Be that litter or damage to trees etc.

As for the legality issue. There are no specific laws that prohibit the practice aside from certain localised laws against attaching to certain trees etc.. and so long as they aren't causing a problem or in the way of anything, 95% of park officials and police officers etc are fine with it happening.
I rig very safely and do all I can to protect the trees and surrounding land and I've never once had a problem with any authorities.
All of the dismissive comments here are clearly by people who don't slackline and don't understand the sport. When properly rigged with the correct gear, Slacklining at a height is actually one of the safest forms of the sport. Good Highline systems use very strong, rated rigging gear, have completely separate backup lines in the slim chance something does fail and even then the walker is secured onto the line with a safety leash and climbing harness. If you look at the photo, he has a line coming from his waist to the line to catch him if he falls. (I will add that aside from the leash, the line pictured is not what we consider rigged safely and should in no way be copied or taken as the norm. The walker should know better, and if not he shouldn't be rigging highlines. Rest assured people in the slackline community are trying to find out who he is so we can educate him in safe rigging and good practice) Articles like this are very damaging to the sport as they are written with no knowledge of the sport itself or of its participants. Slacklining in general is a very enjoyable sport that benefits almost every aspect of your life and well-being, and on the most part is pretty safe. Responsible slackliners take every precaution to leave no trace at the locations we use. Be that litter or damage to trees etc. As for the legality issue. There are no specific laws that prohibit the practice aside from certain localised laws against attaching to certain trees etc.. and so long as they aren't causing a problem or in the way of anything, 95% of park officials and police officers etc are fine with it happening. I rig very safely and do all I can to protect the trees and surrounding land and I've never once had a problem with any authorities. JFearon93
  • Score: 1

10:59am Mon 18 Aug 14

JFearon93 says...

The Seagull has landed wrote:
Jimmyyy wrote:
Comments from officers and councillors about these people "putting their lives in danger" are ludicrous. Life IS a risk, one bloody big one and nobody makes it out alive.
Did you hear that, scaremongers? 100% of people who live, die, so let's all just not live to prevent the hassle, eh?
Humans have faced danger, whether natural or as a result of some sort of extreme sport for as long a we have existed.
Fun sponges will always want to live very long, very boring lives, but they shouldn't insist on forcing their lifestyle choices on everyone else. If someone wants to partake in a dangerous activity for an adrenaline rush, then by all means let them. They know the dangers and possible consequences...
Would you rather die in your 80's/90's knowing you have lived life to the full having had a loving family who have then gone on to raise a family of their own etc etc or would you rather die falling out of a tree landing on your head breaking your neck and skull aged 14?

......?Are you really that stupid or did you have to attend some kind of special stupid training?
You've obviously never climbed a tree.. or done much else considered 'dangerous'.
When we do things like this it's not like we are going in blind with no experience and doing things we aren't comfortable with doing. It's usually kept well within the abilities of the person in question, and if not then that's on them.
I personally would much rather live my life doing everything I love but risk potentially dieing younger WHILE doing something I love than live to 80 having led a boring and uneventful life.
Experiences are what make life worth living
[quote][p][bold]The Seagull has landed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jimmyyy[/bold] wrote: Comments from officers and councillors about these people "putting their lives in danger" are ludicrous. Life IS a risk, one bloody big one and nobody makes it out alive. Did you hear that, scaremongers? 100% of people who live, die, so let's all just not live to prevent the hassle, eh? Humans have faced danger, whether natural or as a result of some sort of extreme sport for as long a we have existed. Fun sponges will always want to live very long, very boring lives, but they shouldn't insist on forcing their lifestyle choices on everyone else. If someone wants to partake in a dangerous activity for an adrenaline rush, then by all means let them. They know the dangers and possible consequences...[/p][/quote]Would you rather die in your 80's/90's knowing you have lived life to the full having had a loving family who have then gone on to raise a family of their own etc etc or would you rather die falling out of a tree landing on your head breaking your neck and skull aged 14? ......?Are you really that stupid or did you have to attend some kind of special stupid training?[/p][/quote]You've obviously never climbed a tree.. or done much else considered 'dangerous'. When we do things like this it's not like we are going in blind with no experience and doing things we aren't comfortable with doing. It's usually kept well within the abilities of the person in question, and if not then that's on them. I personally would much rather live my life doing everything I love but risk potentially dieing younger WHILE doing something I love than live to 80 having led a boring and uneventful life. Experiences are what make life worth living JFearon93
  • Score: 1

12:26pm Mon 18 Aug 14

It's a spade! says...

The biggest danger is probably falling off and landing in some dog cr@p.
The biggest danger is probably falling off and landing in some dog cr@p. It's a spade!
  • Score: 1

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