How to Experience Ziplining

Fredericka Smead

Ziplining is one of those things that goes against our nature of staying soundly on the ground. It’s why we are not birds.

This article explains how one prepares before a zip line adventure in the safest possible way before enjoying what he labels, “one of the most exciting sports in the world.”

A brief history on Zip Lining

Ziplining started out as a means for transportation of supplies and people. It was used for the basic necessity of crossing “something” like rivers or canyons, and then transporting ammunition, food and other necessities during war efforts and such.

Ziplining went from practical to simply fun and recreational.

There are some major zipline feats; such as the longest, which is Jebel Jais, and still is at this writing. It also names the steepest, and fastest zipline in the world; Nepal’s Highground Adventure Park, “Zipflyer.”

Ziplines have gotten quite a bump in recent years for places to go and things to do. It’s become one of the top 10 things to do before you die.

Practical Application:

The practical application of bringing the broad idea of ziplining into reality means you need a location, equipment and safety checks. How you dress and carrying a preparatory mindset is critical to a safe zip experience. Follow the list bellow of the types of clothing, shoes, and what not to wear that could be safety hazards.

Guides are there for a reason, and you should listen to your guide before plummeting down the mountain several hundred feet. On average, zip lining will usually zip you anywhere from 200 to 1200 feet from top to bottom and often have liners change lines. Many courses can contain 8 to 10 different lines to get a rider from the top to the bottom.

Safety First:

All ziplining is regulated by the ACCT (Association for Challenge Course Technology). ONLY zipline with a company that has this seal of approval.

All zipline systems have two carabineers and a harness to secure riders to the line. As you are being strapped in, pay close attention to the equipment; such as, keep an eye out for wear and tear, if anything is tattered or broken, and what the overall facility seems to look like and how it is maintained.

Corey Andres, an expert zip liner suggest looking at how the system is created. He puts the deal breaker on the braking system. “If the only braking mechanism provided is a heavy glove used to squeeze the cable, don’t do it without proper training and practice.”

The Fun Part:

You want to enjoy your experience and then record it for prosperity, and so take selfies or buy the photos from the zip line company.

Again, safety first. Since you need both hands for ziplining, have a friend take the photo from either the ground, or at some places they even have a tree platform.

Often times, ziplining can help ease a fear of heights. This is a good point for children or adults. If a system is maintained and safe, there truly is no possibility of falling, and so it’s a very safe method to overcome that fear.

It doesn’t mean it still not dangerous, and so be safe because ziplining still does produce about a 12% chance of injury. You just don’t want to be part of that 12%.

The Overall Message:

Enjoy yourself zip lining in a safe way. As with everything in sports and recreation – enjoy, but use common sense.

In the end, you have to go with your gut. If it doesn’t feel right or seem right, don’t do it. Safety always comes first with any recreational endeavor… especially those endeavors that send your body hurdling around 1,000 feet to the ground.

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