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Introduction to Ziplining

An introduction to the sport of ziplining including a description of the sport, safety issues, where you can do it, what to wear, and other ziplining tips.

What is Ziplining?
Ziplining is the sport of soaring high above the ground while your body is secured in a harness and attached to an overhead cable.

What is a Zip Line
An zip line is an aerial runway created by stretching a rope or cable between two fixed points. The zip line must be sloped enough to allow gravity alone to propel riders along the length of the cable. The zip lines constructed by eco-tour companies are usually built high above scenic areas and features such ravines, jungles, meadows, and forests. The zip lines built by most professional operators have cables suspended 30 to 200 feet above the ground.

What to Wear on a Zipline Tour
You should wear long pants, closed toe shoes, and a t-shirt or work shirt that can protect your body from the rubbing of the harness. You will probably also want to also wear heavy gloves to protect your hands. Most zipline tour operators will not let you ride unless you are earing long pants and closed toe shoes.

Zip Line Safety Issues
Helmets are included in the safety gear supplied by zipline tour operators and they should be worn at all times while you are soaring. Long hair should be tied in a ponytail or secured another way so it cannot get caught in the zipline mechanism. Note that sunglasses and items in pockets have been know to fall to the ground during zipline tours. The Professional Ropes Course Association has developed a set of Ropes Challenge Course Installation and Operational Standards that have improved the safety and professionalism of the zipline tour industry.

Where to Find a Zipline Tour
In Hawaii there are zipline tour operators on the islands of Kauai and Maui and there are zipline operators in many other parts of the United States and the worlds.
- Kauai Island Zipline Tours
- Maui Island Zipline Tours
- Zipline Tours Around the World

History of Ziplining
The original zip lines were built by workers and residents in remote areas to quickly transport people and supplies across canyons, rivers, and other difficult-to-cross areas.

See also:
- Other Land Activities in Hawaii
- Hawaii Activities A to Z

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Elsewhere on the Web
Ziplining Articles
Brian Greenstone Zip Line Article
Wikipedia Zip Line Article
Zipline Design and Construction:
Canopy Tours Design and Installation
Bonsai Adventure Course Designs
STEPS Ropes Course Construction
EBL Zip Line Canopy Tours Construction

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