Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Zipline

I'd been looking for an opportunity to try a Zipline and I found one on our trip to Hawaii.  My son Mark and Daughter-in-law Mimi were game to go with me.

The Zipline operated in an area of native forest and macadamia nut orchards.  We were encouraged to pick up macadamia nuts as we walked under the trees.





















We took off from platforms, some we had to climb up to, others were almost at ground level at the edge of canyon.
At one point we walked across a narrow suspension bridge rather than zipping across.






With harness and two straps hooking us to a slide and cable, we were ready for our adventure.
Mimi   
Ladies first!
Mark 
Then the gentlemen
On the gentle Zips, the guides would some times have to reach out or climb out to pull in participants if they didn't have enough momentum to make it all the way to the next platform.  On other lines they used a block on a rope to stop you as you can see above.

I tried the video on my little Coolpix, not the best venue for learning a new skill as the action was pretty fast.  When I tried to take pictures while zipping I was unable to keep from spinning and if you watch the video you'll see I was out of control.  I would like to get another opportunity in the future and see if I can learn to control my flight.
video
  Linked to Outdoor Wednesday

14 comments:

Sylvia K said...

That is awesome, Martha!! I have to admit that I'm just a tad envious!! What fun and what a great trip! I'm so happy for all of you!! Thanks for sharing!

Jim said...

Good post.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Good for you doing it. I had the opportunity once and will always remember how fun it was.

Andrea said...

Oh you are so brave, we have lots of ziplines here in the country but i cannot take even the short ones. Once we were in Lake Sebu in Mindanao to visit waterfalls, my companions did the zipline, said to be the longest in Asia, and you will see 7 waterfalls on the way to the other end. I opted to ride a motorbike on rough gravel to meet them at the other side, i can't really conquer my heights problem. But when i see their photos, they are really awesome! The more i will not try zipping.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

What an adventure. I love the video. I had to hold onto my chair when it was your turn.

I've done ziplines as bs corporate team building. I would like to get the family out and do some ones like what you did.

I put the Coolpix like what you have on my Christmas list. We'll see if I get it or a lump of coal I guess.

Carol L McKenna said...

Wow! What an experience ! Fantastic photography ~ (A Creative Harbor) ~ artmusedog and Carol ^_^

W. Latane Barton said...

ziplining looks like a lot of fun. I have thought about it but there isn't a place closeby so I guess I will have to pass on that idea.

Gaelyn said...

Oh, that looks like so much fun. I plan to take some canopy tours in South Africa. What's the secret to Not spinning?

katney said...

Ranney did the zipline in Juneau. I took the photography hike. I take it Jules would probably have been with me on the ground?

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Wow! This is the absolutely most awesome thing you've ever blogged about and you have blogged about some wonderful adventures. I LOVE this post.

Barb said...

Young at heart for sure! Yippee Martha!

Joan said...

Fun! I would love to try this. Looking through your posts...what a great Thanksgiving you had!

Janie said...

This looks like a fun way to travel!

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