Students slack off: New club for daredevils teaches slackline skills
Published: Friday, October 4, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013 10:10
Credit: Miami University students Jenny Cope, Hayley Drumm and Cody Einsfeld
Miami daredevils now have a new club to get their adrenaline fix.
Sophomore Jeremy Beard formed Miami Slacklining, also known as MUSlack, for students who are interested in developing their slacklining skills.
Slacklining is similar in concept to tightrope walking, except the rope is not held as taut or high. There is enough tension in the line to allow feats such as jumps and flips, and the line is typically about two or three feet above the ground.
Beard, already capable of performing multiple tricks, discovered the activity his senior year of high school.
“My high school math teacher was raving about it and brought a line in one day,” Beard said. “She let all of us try it, and I was immediately addicted.”
From that point on, Beard learn ed jumps and flips from studying them on the Internet.
Bear began setting up his equipment at Miami, tying the line from one tree to another. Students began approaching him as he practiced.
First-year Chase Guggenheim came across Beard earlier this semester. Although Guggenheim had never slacklined before, Beard invited him to join the club. Guggenheim said most of the members are beginners, unlike Beard.
Senior Luke Custer said the slacklining group is a relaxing way to exercise and spend time with friends.
“I hope to see slacklining grow in popularity and have other people exposed to how enjoyable it can be,” Custer said.
Drawn in by Beard’s intensity, Guggenheim said he still finds himself impressed.
“I think Jeremy is insane,” Guggenheim said. “He does even more than what you see on campus. He’s an adrenaline junkie.”
The group is officially recognized by the Associated Student Government and received funding in the most recent funding cycle. They will use the money to purchase more equipment. The group does not meet regularly. Instead, they utilize Facebook to communicate with each other and set up times to practice. Beard encourages anyone who is interested to join.
“I don’t want people to think I’m just out there showing off,” Beard said. “If you want to join, just talk to someone you see practicing or join our Facebook page.”