‘Put your knees to your chest, legs apart, chin to your chest and grit your teeth’ sounded a lot like child-birth to me but in fact is the landing position for Ziplining.
I’m absolutely terrified of heights; well in fact, I’m scared of a lot of things but most of my fears boil down to a fear of death. However, I went Zip lining in Chase Canyon, BC, Canada with my niece, hubby and friends yesterday. Unfortunately, our daughter wasn’t old or heavy enough.
The scariest part for me was the training line, it’s not as high or long as the others, but the suspended stairway to the platform was unnerving as it swayed from side to side as you walked up it. My technique was not to look down come neither love nor money, if I did I would have bottled it.
On the way over to the platform, I had a quiet word with Daniel, one of the owners, just to let him know I was terrified of heights so he let me go first. He did admit later that they secretly like it when people are scared and on one occasion they had to ‘boot’ a lady off the platform; but she did ask them to do so. She was fine going up but chickened out at the top so when she wasn’t expecting it, after she was safely connected (obviously), they just pushed her off the edge. Apparently, she loved it and said thanks.
The drive up to the lines in the Canyon was hairy to say the least with a sheer drop on one side. I was so glad I was sitting on the other side of the van and spent most of the journey working out my escape route through the window in case it rolled, but once you got to the top the scenery was stunning.
The lines in the Canyon were not as scary as the training platform nor the drive up, but flying through the trees, over waterfalls and close to the Canyon walls was exhilarating.
They’ve only been open for a few weeks but we were truly impressed with the level of safety and customer service. They’re really a friendly bunch of guys that put me totally at ease. Thanks to the team at Tree Top Flyers for a great day out and we hope to see you again next year.