A little history on where all these slackers got their start…
Yosemite Valley was discovered by modern man in 1851 and was immediately recognized as a sacred place. In the early 1970′s as the sport of climbing developed, the National Park became a mecca, pilgrims travelling to be among revered rocks and striking precipices. From short hikes to multi-day epics on popular features such as Half Dome, El Capitan and countless others, climbers and adventurers experience a magical world. Pioneers in the sport tell stories of camp 4, a popular campground amongst the trees which quickly became a regular community of thrill seekers pursuing the rapidly growing sport, and was soon the center of rock climbing’s modern cultural development. It was in this place that the sport of slacklining came into existence. After long days of jugging, hammering, scoping, bolting, cleaning, smearing, crimping, jamming, bleeding, taping, sending and summiting, climbers would flock back to camp 4 and create new ways to spend down-time. The inhabitants could be found walking parking lot chains, hand railings, and ropes strung up between the trees. As local hotshots and visitors alike were seen achieving dynamic balance, the practice became increasingly popular, and noted for its added positive effects in honing balance for climbing, and strengthening the legs and core. Right on! For these same reasons, slacklining has become pretty popular among the surfer crowd.
We all know how satisfying it is to walk barefoot through a field of grass. Research has shown that there are benefits to being connected to the earth in this way that reach beyond simply eliciting a smile.
Our bodies conduct electricity, and therefore operate within the electric field of our surroundings. This concept is the basis behind Magnetic Resonance Imaging, which uses a magnetic field and radio pulses to align the atoms in our body and produce an image of our organs and soft tissues. Thus, in addition to being affected by the quality of our food, air and water; we are affected by our electromagnetic environment. In today’s modern world, we are surrounded by electromagnetic field generating objects, such as computers and cell phones. Just like an electrical circuit, we need to be grounded to the earth to run efficiently and to avoid static build-up. We can achieve this by simply walking barefoot on grass, dirt or sand. The earth is full of free negatively charged electrons that can help to properly align our cells, and quench the free radicals that wreak havoc in our bodies.