A while ago I posted about Meetup.com, an awesome social networking type site where there is actually some social networking and plenty of opportunites to get involved with people who share similar interests. One of the more popular groups on there is run by Terramar Adventures of Philadelphia. They do TONS of stuff from kayaking to laser tag camping, surfing, sky diving and more.
The first event I went on with TerraMar Adventures was a zip line canopy tour at Spring Mountain Ski Resort near Landsdale, PA.
It started out with about 40 people who split off into two groups of 20 people to make it more manageable to get through the course. We were the second group to go and spent about an hour or so on the rock climbing walls before heading off to the zip line tour. It was the first time I had ever done any rock climbing of any sort and it turned out to be a bit challenging and harder than it looks. I got about half way up one wall and then the fingers and wrists just gave out. Maybe next time it’ll be possible to get a little further up the wall. After about an hour of that, it was time to hike up to the start of the zip line tour.
To get started on the zip line you can take the chairlift up or just hike. The rock climbing wall was part way up the hill so we just hiked to the top. The beginning of the tour involves climbing up a rope net/ladder type thing up to the first platform. Throughout the entire canopy tour you are in some way attached to various cables that prevent you from falling off the aparatus so the whole thing is really safe.
Once you get up on top of the first platform, you walk across a little bridge with nothing to hold onto except the tether above you that will catch you if you fall off of it. Once on the second platform you get a little instruction on how to “zip” and what to expect. The whole time you are clipped to a cable to keep you from falling do your demise. When your turn comes, you first test out the cable to make sure it is all set to hold you and you are safely secured to it. Then you hop off the platform and “zip” down through the woods to the next platform. You can turn upside down in your harness, get a little crazy (watch out for the trees), an potentially get up to 30-40mph.
When you get to the next platform you get clipped to another cable to kep from falling off the platform, work your way around to the next “zip” line and repeat this several times. There are several different rope bridges along the way; all relatively easy to get across.
The final zip line is around 300 feet. When you get to the end of it, you end up at the top of the rock climbing tower and then scale down that for one ast little thrill.
Overall it is a fun event. It’s not the adrenaline rush of fling in a glider or tearing down a doubel diamond bump run in Utah but it is fun.
Following that adventure, there is a Tiki Bar where you can grab a drink and get some raw food to cook on the grill. It ranges from alligator to wild boar, tuna steaks and various other things. I got the alligator and it tasted like chicken only leaner. I also got the raw tuna steak which was called sushi quality. The tuna was around 20 bucks and they said it was sushi quality but it sure didn’t taste like sushi quality. It is an interesting concept for a bar but it is over priced. Still the exotic foods are worth a try and it is nice to sit outside and enjoy a drink and some exotic food after a day of zipping and rock climbing.
If you are looking for something different to do, head on over to Spring Mountain Ski resort to give the zip line a try. If you’re looking for other outdoor adventures in the Philadelphia area, check out Terramar adventures for anything from skydiving to white water rafting, flight lessons, camping trips and more!