Zip Lining: Have You Ever Wanted to Fly?

Zip Lining: Have You Ever Wanted to Fly?

Have you ever gone zip lining? There is nothing more thrilling than flying through the trees, over water, and across ravines, high above the ground while viewing spectacular scenery. I guarantee you will have a great time and an adrenaline rush.

What is Zip Lining?

Zip lining is an action-filled recreational nature activity that allows you to cover a distance between two points via gravity while a safety belt attaches you to a stainless steel cable by a pulley. Zip lining has become a growing outdoor activity.

There are also urban zip lines that span buildings or bridges.

The History of Zip Lining

Did you know biologists developed modern zip lining when they wanted to observe animal life without disturbing them? They pitched their ropes between two pivot points, sometimes using trees in the Costa Rican rain forests.

Adventure Parks

Most adventure parks have more than just zip lines. They have rope bridges, balance beams, wooden bridges, Tarzan swings, net walkways, steps to climb, jungle nets, and more. You’ll have quite the workout. Each park allows you to explore an original area of the world and provides a unique experience that makes each great in its own way.

Safety Equipment

Adventure parks rigorously test the zip line cables, platforms, and safety equipment to adhere to high standards (in Canada at least). The parks provide professional guides and most times you have to do a test on a demo line to start on easy courses before graduating to higher levels. You need to wear loose, comfortable clothing, and running shoes. They will give you a body harness attached to pulleys and carbineers with helmets and gloves.

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Seven Reasons to Zip line

1. It’s Beautiful

They set most zip lines in beautiful locations and resorts. Sometimes in unspoiled country, thickly wooded areas, ravines, and gorges. The views are always stunning.

2. It’s Challenging

It is a challenge to step off a platform high in the air trusting that your safety gear will work and that you are secured on the zip line. You’ll end the day exhausted with blisters, sore muscles, and the odd scrape or cut, but feel like you have accomplished something.

3. It Feels Like Flying

Some zip lines are so fast you’ll feel you have wings. Unless you learn to grow wings, zip lining is the closest you’ll ever get to flying.

4. It’s Fun

It’s pure enjoyment! Zip lining is like a roller coaster or amusement park ride but better because you are all alone speeding through the air.

5. It’s Inexpensive

Compared to other outdoor activities like golf or horseback riding, zip lining is relatively inexpensive. Most parks even have yearly passes.

6. It’s A Shared Experience

Zip lining gives people a chance to bond while sharing an adrenaline experience. It’s perfect for families, individuals, sports teams, or corporate events.

7. It’s Quiet

The only thing you’ll hear on zip lines is the humming of the pulley on the cable. Although you may hear the chirps of birds or other animals and the occasional scream from the other zip liners.

10 Longest Zip Lines in the World!

According to the WorldorBust website, these are the ten longest zip lines in the world.

  1. Jebel Jais (Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates)
  2. Parque de Aventura Barrancas del Cobre (Copper Canyon, Mexico)
  3. Toro Verde Adventure Park (El Monstruo) (Orocovis, Puerto Rico)
  4. Volo dell’ Angelo Zip Line (Rocca Massima, Italy)
  5. Ziptrek Whistler Zipline (Whistler, BC, Canada)
  6. The Eye of the Jaguar Zip Line (Sacred Valley, Peru)
  7. Crimean Hawk (Sudak, Crimea, Russia)
  8. The Unreal Zip 2000 (Sun City, South Africa)
  9. Mega Tirolesa (Pedra Bela, SP Brazil)
  10. ZipFlyer (Nepal)

Ziptrek Whistler is the longest in North America while Mega Tirolesa is the longest in the world. The most extreme is ZipFlyer, and the fastest is Jebel Jais. I am so sad that I didn’t know about The Eye of the Jaguar Zip Line when I was in Peru.

We did see people zip lining at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe from the Zambia side, but I am not sure if I would have done it if we had the time.

Woman walking on a steel cable on a balance beam

My Zip Line Experiences

I have done lots of zip lining courses in Quebec and Ontario, Canada with my daughter. These are the ones I can remember though I feel there should be more on the list.

  • Abraska LaFletche in Gatineau Quebec is my absolute favourite park. It has an impossibly high zip line over a lake and one long continuous obstacle course.
  • Montmorency Falls Quebec City, has a double zipline for adults only that zips by the falls.
  • Promenade Du-Parc-des-Chutes in Mansfield-et-Pontefract Quebec has an exceptional zipline in a gorge among its other activities
  • Tree Top Trekking Barrie found at the Horseshoe Resort features a mega zip line.
  • Tree Top Trekking Brampton in the Heart Lake Conservation Area has a zip line over the lake.
  • Tree Top Trekking Ganaraska in the Ganaraska Forest. The Timberwolf course is the highest and most challenging in Ontario.
  • Tree Top Trekking Huntsville is in the Muskokas. It is a beautiful place to visit in the fall when the leaves are turning.
  • Tree Top Trekking Stouffville is set up at the Bruce Mills Conservation areas.
  • Treetop Eco-Adventure Park Oshawa is in the Oakridge Moraine

Final Thoughts

If this post hasn’t convinced you that zip lining is fun then I haven’t written it properly. Take it from someone who is afraid of heights, it is so much fun. Are you convinced to try it? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time

Frankie

 

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