Not all zip lines are created equal. Or so I’ve learned.
It’s all in the climb.
Was pretty proud of myself for doing my first zip line at Colorado Adventure Center in Idaho Springs (post to come) earlier this month. After having tackled that, I could handle anything… right?
When a group of us arrived at the Wind River Valley zip line at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, I looked up to find that the platform from which to jump was only accessible by climbing a telephone pole, 20ft straight up. Where are the winding staircases to the top? As if jumping off a perfectly good platform and speeding 800 feet across the ravine below, 35 feet up weren’t enough to make my stomach bunch in knots, now I needed to climb a pole?
Well, I guess this is what I signed up for. So I pushed on. And it was pretty awesome. Not the climbing part so much as knowing I conquered my fear of the climb.
And the zip line part? Eight seconds of pure adrenaline as Danny will demonstrate…
Before jumping for the second time with the camera around his neck to record his 8 seconds of glory, Danny caught a bit of the High Park Fire – the second-largest and second-most destructive fire in Colorado history. It becomes visible from Estes Park only a few hours every afternoon, according to our zip line instructor. The fire started 40 miles from Estes Park, a week and a half before our arrival at the YMCA. As of this evening, three weeks later, it is now 100% contained. You can see it at :35 minutes.
Zip lining is just one of a myriad of activities available at the Y. Read my entire review of our stay at TravelingMom.com and be sure to check out the posts of my friends below who had their own adventures while with us in Estes Park.
Disclosure: YMCA of the Rockies hosted us for the purposes of writing this review. No other compensation was provided. All opinions expressed are my own and without influence by YMCA of the Rockies.