Clipping on to the Cable: What You Need to Know About Zip Lining

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zip lineZip lines were originally designed to transport people and deliver food and supplies to those working on the opposite end of an obstacle. Today, they are a popular adventure thrill ride that lets people glide along a cable for a unique and exhilarating experience.

American Adventures Expeditions shares some reminders before going on a zip line ride:

The Guidelines

There are certain restrictions for getting on the zip line to ensure ride safety. Most operators agree on the maximum allowable weight of 270 lbs. They also require that hair and clothing should be away from the pulley system, which connects the harness to the cable.

The Instructions

The staff or the guide will give you a rundown of the rules, including the technical instructions for a safe and successful ride. Make sure to pay attention when the guide explains the safety measures. If the operator or the guide does not explain much about the rules and safety, you should take the ride somewhere else.

The Adventure

Zip line experiences and adventures vary in different locations. Even if you have tried it before, you shouldn’t get too overconfident that you can take on any ride. The guidelines, directions, equipment, cable design, and harness set-up are not all the same. Some zip line operators use a spring-based braking system while others employ a hand braking system. Take note and pay attention to the guidelines.

The Proper Attire

Proper wear is important for a safe and successful zip line ride. Avoid showing too much legs, as the harness can chafe you in the wrong places. Knee-length shorts or pants are a great choice. It is also important to make sure that your helmet fits comfortably and that you wear a pair of thick leather gloves, especially if you’re hand braking.

If you’re looking for an unforgettable adrenaline kick, try zip lines that run over a thousand feet off the ground. Fast rides also offer plenty of excitement, and are often set up in places with a magnificent view. Zip lines are also ideal if you don’t have enough time to hike in the forest or go to the beach. You can cover more ground in less time, with so much excitement and better views.