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Balance Training
This video builds on last month's topic of Fox Walking and Wide Angle Vision. If you haven't seen it yet, be sure to check it out! The video and article below will show you a method of training that will greatly enhance your balance, strength, and agility. But why is that important to the survivalist? Because having great control over your physical body will allow you to move through the woods more quietly and be much more in tune with your surroundings. This means you will disturb less wildlife, increase your awareness, and be able to stalk up closely to animals. Enjoy!

Instructional Video
This is a LONG video... so be sure that you have about 20 minutes to spare. If you want to fast forward past the "how to" and see the action, go to 13:10.

Essential Equipment
To create a slack line you will need 30 feet of 1 inch wide tubular webbing, 4 non-locking oval carabiners, 1 large locking carabiner, and 2 ten foot long lengths of climbing rope.

Overhand On A Bight Knot
Here is a close up picture of the finished knot... watch the video for the best explanation of how to tie it!

Bowline Knot
Here is a detailed picture of our next knot, the bowline, which is perfect for our needs because it comes undone easily even after having been loaded with extreme force. Be sure that the rope pass through the webbing loop before you secure it to the tree with the bowline.

Carabiner Assembly
Go to the other tree and tie another bowline knot... now clip the locking carabiner to the rope and then attach two of the oval carabiners after that.

Set Up Your Block And Tackle
Here is a snapshot of the block and tackle system. It will create a mechanical advantage that allows you to put A LOT of tension on the webbing line and it will also be self locking. Because there are so many nuances to this, be sure to watch the video for the best explanation, and refer to this picture as necessary.

Walk The Line!
If you are a beginner, nothing helps more than having a friend walk along side you so that you can ease into balancing on your own. Alternatively, you can hold a long pole in each hand and then touch it down to the ground as necessary to regain your balance. Above all, BE PATIENT with yourself and HAVE FUN! It takes most people a solid month of practice before they really "get it" and are able to walk on their own. Once you have mastered this skill, I believe you will find that walking through the woods is a completely different experience because your new found balance will give you an ability to walk quieter than ever before. Enjoy!

  Best always,
Paul Scheiter

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