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Canby man finds balance and relaxation by, well, balancing

Colin Leas has found himself a well-balanced exercise and relaxation routine.

by: RAY HUGHEY - Colin Leas is taking a relaxing stroll down a 2-inch flat webbing line at Wait Park. The 24-year-old finds it walking a one- to two-inch flat webbing line strung between two trees or other anchors.

It’s called slacklining, said Leas, who works as a carpenter, attends school full time and serves at the Canby New Life Foursquare Church. he said.

It’s great balance practice for rock climbing and just for fun, he said.

The flat webbing lines – 30 to 100 feet – are most often slung between trees, about 2- to 3 feet above ground.

The line has a loop at one end for cinching around a tree and a ratchet at the other to adjust the tension.

The slacklines are not taut like a tightrope. Some practitioners describe it like bouncing on a very narrow trampoline. That springiness lends itself to a number of stunts and tricks.

He suggests keeping your balance by staying focused on the end ahead of you.

“It really helps relax you after a day at school and serving,” he said.

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