A Sport Where You Feel the Thrill Without Going to the Extreme


A Sport Where You Feel the Thrill Without Going to the Extreme

by Amy Lignor


There are many sports “fanatics” out there who literally dive head-first into an extreme sport in order to get their adrenaline pumping – taking on a sport that comes hand-in-hand with a monumental amount of risk. But for those who are not interested in being scared to death, yet wish to feel the thrill, data has shown that zip lining has become the sport that millions are now experiencing worldwide. From riding down the “wild” Fremont Street in Vegas and watching those flashing neon lights; to zipping over the stunning beaches and crystal blue waters of Hawaii; to soaring over the wild jungles of Sri Lanka without having to worry about the risk, zip lining allows you the opportunity to glide through the sky with ease.

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Photo Credit: David Berkowitz

It’s important to note that zip lines come in all shapes, different sizes and strengths, so that long rides, fast rides and rides with vertical drops can be had. For those who have yet to hop on one of these incredible zip lines that can be found all across the globe, its’ fun to get a little data on exactly what it is and why it has become such a popular sport. The line is designed to enable a user, propelled by gravity, to travel from the top to the bottom of a cable that has been set in place on a steep incline. They do this by attaching themselves to the free-moving pulley that carries them through the air, and allows them to have that jaw-dropping trip as they view the incredible sights below.


This particular sport and/or form of entertainment, however, is not new. In the past, zip lining was actually used as a form of transportation in some of the oddest locations. In what is now an old ghost town (also an artist colony that brings in tourists every day), Jerome, Arizona once used the zip line to get people up and down the high mountain that the town sits atop. When it came to their line, they attached a canoe to the pulley and sent people barreling down the hillside. Of course, back then this was actually quite extreme considering the peoples’ inability to stop the canoe once it reached the bottom of the mountain.


Thankfully, as technology grew far smarter over the decades, zip line tours actually became popular. And with the data being releases as of late, it is shown that zip lining tours have actually become the number one “thing to do” on vacation. Lines are going up all over the globe, from outdoor adventure camps to upscale resorts where vacationers go to have a grand old time. Higher lines that access more remote areas have people soaring over a rainforests as well as through the jungles of Costa Rica, Puerto Vallarta, Nicaragua and more, creating zip lining enthusiasts all over the world.


Children, too, have an option of embarking on a zip line adventure. It is the term “flying fox” that is used when speaking about a small-scale zip line. With the Flying Fox, the pulley(s) attached to the car are then affixed to the cable. And seeing as that the children’s versions of the zip line are not set up on a steep incline, speeds are kept low which negates even more risk because there is no need to set up a means of stopping.


When you think about what a thrill the zip line would be, allowing you to soar like a Superhero without having to risk life and limb while doing so, look into some of the coolest zip lines out there. In St. Lucia, you can literally book a package that has you experiencing a true rainforest; and, if wanting a once-in-a-lifetime experience, you can set up a chance to zip over the Mojave Desert. You can even head to San Diego, California where, in 2015, the state’s longest zip line opened at La Jolla Indian Reservation. Riders actually soar through 1.25 miles of tree tops, canyons, valleys, and mountains, catching speeds of up to 50 mph. While in San Diego, you can even head to the exciting zip line at Flightline Safari, which is located in the San Diego Zoo Wild Animal Park. It is truly an outstanding experience to zip through the sky and catch views of the incredible wildlife below.


In other words, if you are looking to embark on a new sport that will allow you a bit of exercise and a whole lot of thrills (and does not require you to be in the greatest shape of your entire life to enjoy), get on that zip line and have a whole lot of fun. This is one of those sports that, if chosen, will help your health improve as you view some truly magnificent places from up above.


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From Mild to Wild: The Top Three Whitewater Rivers in the U.S.


From Mild to Wild: The Top Three Whitewater Rivers in the U.S.

Although there are arguably many stunning locations for fans to explore – from Nenana River in Alaska to Youghiogheny River in Pennsylvania – there are always three rivers that rate the highest when it comes to experiencing the most thrilling whitewater rafting in the United States.

Although there are arguably many stunning locations for fans to explore – from Nenana River in Alaska to Youghiogheny River in Pennsylvania – there are always three rivers that rate the highest when it comes to experiencing the most thrilling whitewater rafting in the United States.

Boating down the Colorado River below Havasu Creek in Grand Canyon National Park. NPS photo by Mark Lellouch.

Whitewater rafting is a truly amazing adventure. Whether a beginner or a true experienced rafter, there are guides to be utilized and trips to take that will provide you with everything from the most scenic areas to the most adrenaline-filled thrills.

Number one remains the Colorado River in Arizona. Talk about a challenge to the nth degree. The water on the Colorado River can be more than challenging, but the views are worth all the hard work. Here, people see the Grand Canyon from a whole different point of view as they travel down the winding, heart-pumping river to their final destination.

One of the principal rivers of the Southwestern United States and northern Mexico, the Colorado River measures 1,450-miles-long and drains an expansive, arid watershed that encompasses parts of seven U.S. and two Mexican states. The best, most amazing vantage points are given to whitewater enthusiasts here, but it is also not for the faint of heart. When it comes to the 2017 whitewater rafting season in Arizona, people can enjoy everything from half-day trips to week long excursions. You can also experience spectacular rafting in the Upper Salt River Canyon. Here, you can paddle through an incredible 2000-foot deep canyon as you go up against rapids such as, “Maytag,” “Overboard,” and “Mescal Falls.” The high Sonoran Desert scenery and fun-filled whitewater rafting makes the Colorado River in Arizona the place to create awesome memories.

Whitewater lovers also cheer loud and clear for the Gauley River in West Virginia. Continuously seen by paddlers as one of the top ranked rivers in the entire world, Gauley’s technical rapids, inaccessibility and scenic quality capture the imagination. Dropping more than 650 feet in 24 miles, the Gauley River features over 100 rapids.

A dam-controlled watershed ensures optimum flows, making this a world class rafting experience. When summer water flows on the Gauley River, intermediate to advanced rafters love the challenges they find. While inhaling that clean mountain air, they go up against the Gauley River’s rafting flows at their very peak. With thirty-five miles of heavy duty challenges, rafters are thrilled with this river as it winds through gorges and valleys – the likes of which cannot be seen anywhere else on the planet.

Coming in third is Rogue River in Oregon. Traveling from the Cascade Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, the scenery on the Rogue River is nothing short of spectacular. Multiple areas, such as Rainie Falls, Blossom Bar and Upper and Lower Black Bar Falls, provide challenging rapids for the experienced rafter. For the rafter just starting out, Rogue River also supplies calmer areas, such as the Argo rapids located between Hog Creek and Grave Creek.

It is not a surprise that the Rogue River is one of the most famous in the American West. River rafting trips can be taken through this incredibly scenic area that flows directly through the heart of a wilderness inundated with everything imaginable: deer, black bear, cougars, osprey, river otters and more. It is also the perfect place to spot that bald eagle soaring up above. Not only are the rapids exciting and the scenery gorgeous, but there are also superb hiking trails, placid pools, towering cliffs, and historic homesteads that all come together to create absolute magic.

From mild to wild, these are most definitely the top three whitewater rivers in the U.S. to explore, experience and enjoy!


Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

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