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The Thrill of Zip Lining Today

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There are a lot of different ways that you can get a little bit of thrilling action in your life. One of the many ways it to look into the glory that is associated with zip lining today. More and more people are getting into this incredible option and you can do the same. It doesn’t take a whole lot to get into this option, it’s just a matter of looking at a few factors. Whether you decide that you want to travel to a far off destination or you want to have fun in your own backyard, it is not an expensive option to find.

First and foremost, there is a certain amount of thrill that revolves around this solution, one which could provide an adrenaline rush on par with any of the world’s best roller coasters. It’s there that you will find this revolutionary transmission fitting the most. You will zoom across hundreds of feet at a fast rate of speed and could in fact enjoy greatness and weightlessness for a moment. The experience has been described as flying, because you will not be in a cart or anything. The wind will hit you fast and you will enjoy a simple kind of greatness that will not be matched by other adventures opportunities.

Another thing that you will notice about this is simple, you will have a great movement forward. You will experience the momentum of speed as you cycle through a wire and you admire nature like a bird. It’s a safe alternative to trying a lot of other daredevil moves. It’s this kind of solution that is getting a lot of people to test the proverbial elements because it’s safe. The reason why it’s safe is because all the components are made to give you protection moving forward. It will not feel heavy, and as long as you’re fully secured within the harness, and the line, you’ll be quite alright.

The thrill here is not just for those that are seeking speedy thrills. Many will find that the leverage could shift and setting it up could allow for a little bit less speed. It all depends on the length, and angle at which you’re going to be traveling. The thrill is definitely there, however, allowing you to move along and get a bit of momentum.

Perhaps the greatest thing about this is that you can have it installed and set up in your own backyard. There are professional kits that you can purchase or you could have a professional come and set one up for a party or just about any occasion. If you are planning on throwing a birthday party for kids, this may be the kind of solution that you look into for ultimate thrills. If you don’t have a big enough space, you could combine forces with a neighbor and have the ultimate bash.

Whether you want to look into the thrill of zip lining for your own fun or you are looking at throwing a party of any size, you will find that this is definitely something worth exploring on a deeper level. 

Zip Line Home Kits

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A lot of people love to go zip lining, but simply can’t keep up with the expensive costs of travelling around the country and staying at hotels.  These people often end up frustrated, as they are separated from an activity which brings them great pleasure and enjoyment.  But, fear not my friends…as there is a solution.  You are now able to purchase your own zip line home kits from an online retailer and complete the installation yourself, leaving you with an amazing zip line, up to 500 feet, in your own backyard.  This is an amazing thing, that was previously unavailable to homeowners, and now supplies them with the ability to engage in adrenaline rushing activities right at their own home.  There has never been a better time to be a homeowner in this society, with all of the amazing benefits that come along with that status.  Hooking up your own backyard zip line can be fun and can be a nice bonding experience with your son or daughter, if they are old enough to understand basic hand tools and other connecting hardware.  The installation itself is not too difficult, and only requires some basic knowledge and experience with everyday hand tools like a come along, ladder, nylon sling, and others.  You will be using the aircraft cable, turnbuckle, slings, and cable clamps to secure the zip line to two trees.  Once that is accomplished, you simply attach the trolley and the harness (or seat) to the zip line cable and away you go.  You also may want to look into getting a zip line brake block kit if your ride is over 150 feet in length.  The brake block is a plastic block that gets fitted onto the zip line cable with the other end attached to a bungee cord that gets anchored into the ground.  When the zip line trolley comes moving down the cable it hits the brake block, which slides on the cable and the bungee cord is activated, thus bringing the trolley to a stop on the zip line cable.  This is a must have for any zip line which is going to have kids riding on it, as they may become slightly overwhelmed by the fast speeds without any ability to stop.  Alternatively, there is a trigger braking system available that you can use to stop yourself, this is actually installed right onto the zip line trolley and is activated by your finger as you are moving down the zip line.  There is a small trigger which when pressed, activates a brake pad that slows the trolley down.  These brake pads do wear out over time so it is recommended that you buy several of them when you are first setting up your zip line, to avoid complicated maintenance down the road.

Another thing that you may want to keep in mind when installing a backyard zip line, is to keep other neighborhood kids off of the ride when they are not being supervised by an adult.  We have heard some horror stories about parents being sued because some kids decided to go onto their property when they weren’t home to use their zip line and sustained an injury.  While this isn’t fair, it is a reality and could easily happen.  This is why we suggest to purchase a removable trolley, so that you can take it down off of the zip line cable when you know that you will be away from the house for a little while.  You can also buy a lock and lock the trolley on one end of the zip line cable, that way nobody can use it without the key.  This is extremely effective against keeping kids from simply wandering onto your property and using the zip line without your permission.  When you are home, however, you can let other kids from the neighborhood use the ride….just make sure that they are wearing proper safety equipment such as helmets and long sleeve clothes such as jeans.  There is no excuse for wearing shorts and no helmet and then ending up making a visit to the hospital once you have hurt yourself or someone else.

Another important reason to have parental supervision when the kids are playing on the zip line is to keep them from horsing around and getting hurt.  We all know how kids will usually take things way too far and fight with each other over whose turn it is and everything else that they can find a reason to argue about.  This is why it’s important to have an adult there who can mediate the situation and tell them whose turn it is to go on the zip line, as well as keep them in line and give them warnings about their bad behavior.  We like kids, and think that they deserve every chance to act within the guidelines given to them, but they must be disciplined when they don’t act within those specific parameters.  There is a child’s world and an adult’s world, and they must be respectful to our world just as we must be respectful towards theirs.

Staying Committed

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We’ve been hearing a lot of talk recently about lack of commitment, and people pulling out of their zip line tours to go back home and put their feet up.  We say to you, that you aren’t truly adrenaline warriors like us.  We have stayed through until the end throughout all of these fashionable zip line tours and have completed even the most grueling courses without batting an eyelash.  And you people have the nerve to criticize us and say that we’re workaholics and adrenaline junkies.  I’m actually proud to be an adrenaline junky because it gives me something to live for.  At least I don’t have to run home to my wife and cry on her shoulder that things are too hard out in the zip lining field.  Come on!  Suck it up soldier, you only get one run at this so you’d better make it count, and count big time!

Okay, now that that’s off of my chest, lol, we can get down to business.  Staying committed is so important because you just never know when that moment will come when you will finally break through that last barrier and achieve what you’ve been striving for for so long.  You simply don’t know how close you are to the gold which you are seeking.  That magnetic pull that has kept you steadily riding along this crazy course which you have devoted your entire life to.  Sometimes it seems like it isn’t worth it.  Sometimes it’s like your back is up against the wall and there’s no hope for anything, like it’s all just a waste.  You get that feeling creeping in like “oh it’s not really worth it anyway” and “it’s  all for nothing”.  Screw that!  You need to get up and pound the pavement and make something happen.  You have to shake yourself up and motivate yourself to keep going and keep pushing through not matter how grim the outcome appears.  You must keep driving forward with an iron will and powerful persistence that says “I will not stop until I get to the destination which I seek”.  You need to power through that mental weakness that is always telling you that you can’t do something and that you’re not good enough.  You need to overcome the adversity of the people around you who might not want you to reach your goal out of fear for how it will make them feel for you to have succeeded.  You must push yourself beyond your internal limits and strive to really extend yourself to the maximum capacity that you were born to achieve.  You are worth something, and more than you will ever realize.  You are capable of so much more than you have been lead to believe that it’s almost ridiculous how we live in these tight little boxes where we are scared to venture out and explore the world.  And I mean really explore the world.  That’s why it’s so important to stay committed and never give up and finish that last zip line course when all you want to do is go home and curl up in a ball and sleep.  That’s what losers do and that’s not you!

So, keep your chin up soldier and carry on because you never know what awaits you just around the corner.  The whole world is about to change right on it’s axis.  If you only knew what awaited you right around the corner you would leap up and get to work and try to accelerate that process in any way possible.  The whole world is about to unlock itself to you and show you the deepest secrets of reality and establish a feeling of confidence and superiority in your mind.  Yes, it’s okay to feel superior to lazy people who aren’t willing to take the risks necessary to get to the points where you are willing to get to.  You are the one who is putting in all of this time and effort and you will be the one who reaps the rewards….no one else!  That is such an important concept to understand because in daily life we get the feeling that somehow we are attached to other people and our outcomes depend on them.  We develop this strange codependent bond where we feel like we can’t move ahead of the person next to us for fear that they will feel insignificant or be offended somehow by our overwhelming success.  This, however, is a good thing.  For when you start succeeding on your own you will naturally lift up the people around you and motivate them to want to better themselves and you will begin to influence them in ways that you could not have imagined or forseen.

The bottom line is this, if you want to be successful at something, just do it and don’t worry about anything else.  Stay focused, keep your mind on the prize and just work at it day after day until the goal has been realized.  Once you actually start to achieve your goal, you will be like a boulder which is rolling downhill and you will reach a point of critical mass where you will just be a rolling ball of energy spitting out information and accomplishing things that you never even dreamed were possible for yourself.  You are capable of so much more than you have been lead to believe, and now it’s time for you to realize it.

The Top 5 Treehouse Zip Lines

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Hello again faithful readers!  First, we would like to take a second to sincerely thank you for reading our blog on a regular basis.  We could not do this without our awesome readers and we really appreciate that you take time out of your busy schedules to engage with us about this particular passion.  We know that there are many others out there exactly like us, who really enjoy zip lining enough to make it a staple in their lives.  It’s such an important activity and we believe that it is the cornerstone to a happy life and a sense of adventure.  We live in a time that allows us the opportunity to go out and explore the world in a manner that previously didn’t exist…..too many people sit inside all day and watch television and never really get out to explore the great outdoors.  We love to explore life and actually see different environments and settings throughout the world.  This is our number 1 passion in life and we are extremely happy to share this experience with you today.

Okay, now it’s time to get into the top treehouse backyard zip lines that we were able to find on the internet.  Yes, there may be some better ones out there, but these are the ones that we have found on YouTube in our searching efforts, and have gathered them all here for your viewing pleasure.

First up, we have an amazing zip line to an even more amazing tree house.  This particular zip line is extremely high up and gives me the chills just watching the video.  The guy is super exuberant and excited to be in this position, and it’s no wonder why.  He zips across a valley and onto a platform just under an awesome looking tree house which is really high up in the trees.  I mean, look at this thing in the video…it has to be at least 50 – 75 feet high!  Wow, this is what we’re talking about, this is some fantasy land stuff right here.   I mean, did you even know that people build stuff like this….Okay, we’re getting a bit too detailed about this before you have actually seen the video so let’s watch it and then get back into the discussion.

Alright!  See what we mean?!  That thing is super high up and looks amazing!  We would really like to track this one down for ourselves and actually go and take a look at it in person, it’s that impressive.  This zip line is actually in bokeo laos and is called “The Gibbon Experience”.  One of the coolest things about this particular zip line setup is that the ladder underneath the treehouse and the little platform that you land on at the end of the ride.  You land on that little platform and then the ladder takes you up into the tree house so you’re kind of entering in through the floor.  I wish that the video was a bit longer and the guy gave us a quick tour of the treehouse as well, but no such luck.  It just goes to show you how many amazing little things there are out there in the world that you have absolutely no knowledge of….absolutely breathtaking!

Alright, this next one is a bit less impressive than the last one, but is still kind of cool to check out.  This guy has built a small tree house platform in his backyard with a zip line going to it from uphill.  This one is pretty crazy because the guy has this zip line running so close to the trees and you can see that he’s smacking leaves and branches on the way down.  I mean, you can tell that he just kind of threw this thing together.  You need to take the time to cut down the surrounding brush from your zip line before actually riding down the line.  Anyway, we like this one for it’s speed and daredevil level, as the guy is just missing trees all the way down the ride.  He also does not have a zip line brake block kit installed and is using gloves to do the braking, which is not very smart.  Lets take a look at what this crazy cook is up to in this next video.

Wow!  Get a brake block kit installed on that zip line will ya buddy!?  Man, what a close call at the end there.  This guy really needs to step up his safety game.  He still has quite a cool ride and once he builds out that treehouse a bit it will be an awesome little setup, especially for  a backyard installation.  His property is such a good location for this type of setup and is really cool the way he has it routed through the woods like that.  Very cool indeed!

Okay, now it’s time for our third video in the top backyard treehouse zip line series.  Our next video is a good example of a safe, ideal, treehouse zip line setup.  This guy has used the proper height, length, and has installed a brake block kit at the end of the ride for ultimate safety.  This one looks like it’s about 200′ long or so and starts off relatively high so it picks up quite a bit of speed for a backyard installation.  We love this zip line because it perfectly illustrates the proper installation procedures that many people ignore.  A lot of people simply think that all you have to do is secure the cable to the tree and you are done, giving little thought to actually planning out the length, cable drop, and other factors that go into properly setting up your zip line at home.  This is an ideal example of best practices to follow when setting up your own zip line at home.

See how the zip line is just the right speed and comes to a nice, easy stop at the end…Although he does have a bit of a rebound on this ride and it goes backwards for a few feet after the braking has occurred, this zip line is still a far sight better than most of the lazy installs that we have witnessed while scouring the internet for the best treehouse zip line videos.  Okay, enough of that, let’s get on with the next video.

This next video was made by a bunch of young teenagers with an intense desire to experience something truly amazing.  They have hand built a miraculous treehouse with a pretty cool zip line coming off of it.  We are so impressed by this particular setup because of the way they have constructed the trolley for the zip line out of wood and a pulley.  This was pretty smart on their part and the thing seems to work quite well for a homemade trolley.  The treehouse construction is nothing short of amazing.  You can tell that these guys really sat down and took the time to plan out their attack and gather all of the right materials and equipment necessary for this premium installation.

Wow!  Check out that architecture and design!  Amazing performance there guys, some really solid work!  I just can’t get over that home made trolley for the zip line made out of 2 x 4′s, it’s just so clever and creative, and unorthodox at the same time.  Wow, these guys really know how to throw down.  Another thing that’s so impressive about this tree house is the high quality work completed by such young adults.  These kids can’t be over 20, and are more than likely only 17 or so at the time that this video was shot.  Now that’s some dedication to treehouse technology folks, sit down and take some notes!

Okay, we really love this next tree house zip line and you’re about to see why.  This amazing little tree house is built right on top of a babbling brook, and the zip line goes from the tree house, across the brook and to the other side!  It’s such a cool idea that we just had to feature it here for our readers.  I mean, how much more fantasy land can you really get with your treehouse construction than to install it above a babbling brook.  His tree house is really nice too and even looks as if it might be multi level, and starts his zip lining right off of the roof.  This is an interesting design, as most tree house builders will install a platform that is level with the flooring of the treehouse, or give the zip line it’s own dedicating launching pad.  But this guy decided to go all out and simply install his zip line kit to a tree which is right above the roof of the tree house.  Interesting choice, let’s take a look at the video now.

See what we mean about this is a great fantasy land tree house?  With the zip line going over the babbling brook this just makes for the perfect treehouse for your imagination.  One thing that’s so cool about these treehouse projects is that it’s literally like someone is fabricating these designs directly out of human imagination.  It’s almost like they are manifesting objects that are spawned within imagination and extrapolating them into 3 dimensional reality.  This is an amazing process, and one that all of the great geniuses throughout history have mastered, from Edison to DaVinci.  Don’t underestimate treehouse building as some type of childish activity that is done by immature people who simply refuse to grow up, although that may be partially true…Tree house building takes imagination and skill that is attained on a level that is seldom matched by any other human being on this planet.  These treehouse builders are true warriors of both mind and spirit, and this zip line blog salutes them!

If you’re interested in building your own backyard zip line kits and treehouses then you must focus and make sure you have all of your proper measurements first before diving in head first.  Backyard zip lines are an extremely fun activity but it’s important that you exercise extreme safety measures before attempting to create one yourself.  Serious injury or death can occur from improper installation and unsafe operating procedures, so please make sure that you follow the instructions in a safe manner during your own personal installation.  It’s never redundant to triple check all of your zip line supplies and equipment to make sure that everything is installed and hooked up properly before beginning your ride.  Always test out the zip line with dead weight before actually running a human trial.  Also, remember to wear proper safety gear such as: helmets, knee pads, gloves, and long sleeves.  But most importantly, HAVE FUN!  Thanks for reading our blog and stay tuned for more information regarding backyard zip lining!

Top Five Zip Lining Accidents

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Okay folks, today you are in for a special treat.  Today we are going to run down through the top five zip line accident videos on the internet.  We’re going to be breaking everything down, and poking fun at some of the victims…I know it’s not right but what can you do really?  I mean, we’re all just human right.  It’s our natural instinct to point and laugh when we see someone mess up…but yes it does suck when it’s you.  OH WELL!

Number 1

Okay, so the first video is a young girl who is happily zip lining across a lake.  It looks like a fun ride and at first you think her feet are going to hit that nearby tree when she’s coming into the landing platform, but she clears it with ease.  Then, you think that as a result of her coming in so hot that she is going to fly right into the tree that’s at the end of the zip line, and she almost does, but she swings back like a pendulum and starts traveling the other way.  This is where a spectator jumps in and tries to grab her as she’s flying back towards the lake.  The lady gets a grip of the girls leg but then flies off the end of the platform.  You can see her body disappear behind a small hill as she flies off the platform.  The people standing near her are quite concerned and rush to her aid and she is okay.  The main lesson here is to have a proper brake block kit installed on your zip line so that the ride comes to a complete stop and you can easily avoid situations like this one.   A simple brake block kit would have avoided this whole mess.  Other than that, this looks like a really fun zip line and I would love to give it a try.

Okay well this is embarrassing, I just ran through that whole buildup and now I can’t embed the video on the blog….Oh well just go watch it on YouTube it’s worth checking out.  So kids, that’s why you always install a brake block kit on your zip line!

Number 2

Okay, next up we have a bit of a scary type of zip line accident.  This one really shook me up and must have scared the crap out of the kid that it happened to.  But overall this one really looks a lot worse than it actually is.  What happens is there are two people traveling down a pretty long zip line, and two of the tension cables that help support the ride break and get caught on the cable.  One of the riders is okay and continues down the zip line, but the other poor kid gets stuck out in the middle of the cable and can’t move.  The camera man has some choice words for what he thinks of the situation.  This one is definitely one of the scariest in terms of fear factor, but overall there was no physical injury…but the psychological aspect is terrorizing.  Let’s watch!

Number 3

Alright now it’s time for some funny!  This next one is hilarious.  This 400 pound guy goes to launch into his zip line from a high platform above a lake and can’t hold onto the trolley.  He launches himself off of the platform and his weight makes him drop straight down like a sack of potatoes.  The guy falls flat on his back right into the lake and his buddies start laughing immediately and are all too happy to have gotten the embarrassing incident on video.  Check it out!

Wow, talk about making a splash!  That giant walrus just emptied the lake!  Woooh!  That was fun.

Number 4

Alright I can’t even lie, this next one made me cringe really hard!  This one is by far the most alarming and could have easily resulted in a serious injury or death.  It appears as if the girl is okay afterwards but the video stops abruptly so we never end up finding out exactly what happened.  So this girl climbs up a giant 30 foot ladder and prepares to zip line down the cable.  She’s super nervous and extremely reluctant to shove off and start the ride.  Her friend who is filming starts a countdown and at the count of 3 the girl shoves off the ladder and makes her attempt at the brutal challenge.  She immediately loses her grip and does a back flip in mid air and then hits the ground.  She’s still moving after the fall so it appears as if she was okay at the end of this disturbing scene.  Warning, not for the faint of heart.  Let’s take a peek.

Ouch!  It almost looks as if the handlebar just breaks right off of the trolley.  This is why it’s so important to not make cheaply put together home made zip lines.  You really need to make sure you are using the proper equipment and safety gear.  You should also use a platform to launch from, not a ladder!

Number 5

Alright last one!  In this video I have no clue what these people are attempting to do.  It APPEARS as if they are zip lining from one mountain top to another.  The zip line is setup in a horrible way and doesn’t look safe at all.  The guy gives her the okay and sends her on her way.  She launches off of the top of the mountain and everything seems to be going well until you hear the scream.  She can tell that she isn’t going to make it and anticipates the crash.  She builds up a huge amount of speed and ends up zip lining right into the side of a mountain.  You can tell that this one was pretty painful due to her scream and the sound that it makes when she hits the mountain.  Let’s take a look.

Owwww!  You know that that one hurt.  Next time don’t trust some random guy with your life….make that idiot go first!

Well, thanks for watching guys, that’s all we have for you today.  Stay tuned for some more great zip lining videos as next time we explore the top treehouse zip lines in the world!  Thanks for reading!