Last year we read an article about slacklining in Moab. I’d never heard of such a thing. There is an area called the Fruit Bowl where the BLM allows slacklining, BASE jumping and human catapults. We decided that if we returned to Moab that we’d drive out and look at it. The Fruit Bowl is a narrow canyon near Dead Horse Point State Park. One drives out 131, turns on BLM129 (dirt), and then on to Fruitbowl access road (sand and slickrock.)
Eventually one reaches the parking lot, and walks towards the rim of the canyon. There are cairns so the area can be found. It’s really beautiful.
This is from one side of the Fruit Bowl.
And this is from the other side. I could not force myself to walk to the very edge and point the camera straight down. It was really windy and I didn’t do it.
So this is what they do out there. They’ve made nets out of parachute cord and ropes. These are suspended below the top of the canyon. Some people will BASE jump through the hole in the middle to the canyon floor. That must be a really long drive back to the top.
Or you can walk the slack line out to the net.
Or you can cross the canyon on the slack line.
If you’re mad at your bicycle, you can do this.
I love this photo. It gives you an idea of the depth and how high up they are.
The article, linked in the first paragraph, is interesting. If you have a few minutes it’s worth reading. In the past they’ve had a festival out there Thanksgiving weekend. I don’t know if they’re still doing it. The bolts for all of this are still in the rocks, so hopefully they will.
Here is a gratuitous scenery shot, taken driving down the hill from Dead Horse Point.