A Brief but Amazing History of Ziplining

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A Brief but Amazing History of Ziplining

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Ziplines are seemingly terrifying, which makes them a truly thrilling way to view nature. It’s exhilarating to fly through trees like a bird, and requires teamwork.

Ziplining probably seems most popular in movies and video games, when the main character effortlessly slides across a cable suspended in the air.  But the history of ziplining has a strong basis in reality.  There are over 200 recreational ziplines in North America, so they’re popular enough that we should know a little about the history.  Read on, and you may find some pretty interesting facts about the art of ziplining!

Transportation

 

It may seem obvious for some, but it’s true.  Ziplining was frequently used in the past for transportation purposes.  An example would be in mountainous regions that were too dangerous to travel through on foot, like the Alps.  People would string up ziplines and transfer supplies, as well as humans.  It’s pretty amazing how frequently they were used for practical purposes like this.

 

Exploration

 

Then, ziplines were used by biologists for exploration purposes.  They couldn’t properly explore the rainforest, as vehicles were destructive and walking on foot was dangerous.  In the 70s, they created ziplines, and “canopy tours”, to view the scene from above.  So, Costa Rica began advertising this as a way to explore the rainforest in an ecologically friendly way.  Ziplines are seemingly terrifying, which makes them a truly thrilling way to view nature.  It’s exhilarating to fly through trees like a bird, and requires teamwork.  In fact, ziplines are a large factor in rope courses around the world.  As a team building activity, they require heavy safety precautions, so it’s a great communicative way to bond.

 

Come to Southwest Raft & Jeep to experience ziplines for yourself!

 

To be a part of this amazing history, you can sign up for one of our zipline tours.  We are experts in the field and know how to give you a safe, fantastic day out in the woods.  You’ll also be rafting down the awesome rapids of Durango, Colorado.  It’s sure to be a great experience for all!

 

There’s no better place in Durango, Colorado, from which to book a trip.  We’ll keep you safe, secure and make sure you’re having the best ziplining experience ever!

To reserve your ziplining trip, or to find out more information about our adventure packages and other exciting outdoor services, please contact us today at 970-259-8313 or swing into our main office located at 1430 Main Avenue, Durango, CO 81301.

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