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Part 4 of a 13 part series on slacklining on library lawn at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

The more experienced slackliners were tremendously helpful to the newer slackliners--a show of acceptance that really defines the culture around which the slacklining gained popular acceptance at OSU.

Those who spend entirely too much (but never enough) time on library lawn at OSU have earned the title of "lawn hippies" from many of the students at the school--spoken with a little bit of curiosity, perhaps, but not disdainfully. They're not exactly true hippies, but do spend a lot of time outside without any shoes on. They proved to be very accepting of anybody who was willing to give the slackline a try, and the owner of the slackline--a college junior who had purchased it for his own use--ended up spending very little time on the slackline himself as he introduced complete strangers to the activity that he enjoys, gladly giving advice.

And the time came when some of the newer slackliners wanted to experience the slackline unassisted. With a few words of advice from Logan, the line's owner, they became better prepared. The advice in this picture was likely something along the lines of "When you try to step up from the left side of the line, your body isn't going to want to shift enough weight over the line, and you'll fall back to where you started from. Try to shift your weight to the right as you step up, and when you fall, try to fall to the right. That will keep your weight centered over the line until you find a stance that feels natural."

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Additional Photos by Sam Beer (SamB) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 429 W: 58 N: 416] (1948)
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