Zipline Your Way to Fun!!
One of the more fun things I have done this year is ziplining. For those of you who have no clue what I’m talking about and if the photos don’t speak for themselves, I will. During a zip, you begin on a platform, and while harnessed in, you whisk away over trees and terrain, sometimes as high as 300 feet above the ground.
At Navitat Canopy Adventures, where I zipped few short months ago, it’s not a mere zip and then done. A super cool youthful staff (generally a pair) lead you on an entirely tree based course, featuring ten zip lines ranging from 200 to 1,500 feet in length. Guides escort up to eight guests through carefully constructed zip lines, as well as sky bridges, stairs, trails, rappels, and platforms. During “ground school,” guests learn the basics of zipping, but the course is constructed to make you more confident—gradually saving the longest zips until last.
It’s unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. The guides are like good friends, and everything is tailored to your comfort level. Being that high and free is a once in a lifetime experience (unless, like, you’re a zip instructor). Guides point out local flora and fauna, and though I’d been in this area many times, I gained new appreciation for my surrounding. Navitat is also extremely “green”; during construction, the company was conscious of using local wood and being minimally invasive to the area.
Navitat operates two facilitates. The one I experienced opened this summer in Wrightwood, California, about 75 miles northeast of Los Angeles. The other location is in Asheville, North Carolina, so east coasters can experience the fun too. Tours last about four hours and are a mere $109 for adults. It’s completely worth the price, and participants should hurry as the course stops running November 30!
To take a trip you will never forget or to learn more, visit www.navitat.com!
New York Zipline Adventure Tours (also in New Hampshire and Kentucky); www.ziplinenewyork.com
Alaska Zipline Adventures (Juneau) www.alaskazip.com
Skyline Eco Adventures (three locations in Hawaii, one in Tennessee); www.zipline.com
Florida Zipline Adventures (Milton); www.floridaziplineadventures.com