If an alien dictionary on human activities existed, it would be an interesting read. Flipping through its hyper-advanced pages (likely written in their alien script, but let’s pretend it’s English), under Ziplining, it would read “An elevated and inclined wire from which a pulley and a one-person seating apparatus are strung, allowing gravity to pull the human between two points. Used in some places as a tourist attraction.”
The moral of the story? Humans will use any excuse to invent a brand-new way of having fun. Should you decide to prove the aliens correct and try ziplining for yourself, Ziptrek Ecotours in Whistler, British Columbia is the place to do it. Here are some tips and insider info to prepare you for the experience.
Let’s be honest. If you are even remotely interested in skiing or snowboarding, you’ve probably heard of Whistler Blackcomb. Why all the fuss? Whistler is nestled among vast and imposing mountains, nudging against the Pacific Ocean, which culminates in unparalleled natural beauty.
Ziplining, while baffling to aliens, is the art of gliding along steel cables, using a pulley and climbing harness. Ziptrek Ecotours takes full advantage of their favourable environment. Their tour area covers over 11 hectares (33 acres) woven throughout areas of untouched, ancient coastal temperate rainforest. Guests are treated to a total of five ziplines, spanning between 200 to 2200 feet (yes, that’s very long). Total duration of the trip is approximately 2.5 hours, including a short shuttle to & from Ziptrek’s base on Blackcomb mountain.
Being strapped into your harness and hooked to the zip line feels a little like a farewell moment. All that empty space beneath your feet is slightly unnerving. It’s normal for your left-brain to try and rationalize your decision to zip line, and sometimes it wins. Yet there’s something uncannily primal when the right-brain urges you to leap out over the rushing creek below, and suddenly the world looks a whole lot different moving at high speed.
Whistler Ziptrek provides their guests with all suitable equipment for the tour, so you can leave your own pulley’s, harnesses, and climbing helmets at home. It’s recommended to dress in the same garb you would for a regular day of skiing or hiking (depending on the season).
With the natural beauty of Whistler comes the desire to learn about and protect it. That’s why Ziptrek has maintained a commitment to minimizing its impact on the environment. The entire ziplining course is constructed in an area where paved road was not required, with the platforms and ziplines suspended high above the forest floor. Ziptrek also to promotes environmental awareness through dialogue with the guides, and interpretive signs on the platforms, illustrating key points about local ecology and wildlife.
It’s likely humans will invent even more bizarre and wonderful ways to cure boredom, and when they do, the aliens will have to update their dictionary. But until then, Whistler Ziptrek will satisfy all those looking to try one of the most unique experiences in the galaxy.
Tours run regularly throughout the day, all year round, and in almost all weather conditions. Reservations are highly recommended.
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