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How do you slow down when ziplining?

Canaan Zipline Canopy Tour

So we get this question quite a bit here with folks who may be a bit nervous or just not familiar with the process of ziplining. On our canopy zipline tour, all of our guests are active participants, meaning that you all assume the roll of action in your ziplining experience. This helps engage our riders more and give them more of a feel and handle on the actual process as opposed to sitting in the harness and having a guide or system do the breaking for you.

We have established that you do the breaking, but what does all of that encompass? Well I’m glad you asked. Each rider will go through ground school where our guides will give all of the information that one needs to ride safely. I will summarize the braking process for you here.

When riding, the guests will have their left hand on top of the trolley, which is the zipping mechanism, and their right hand around the ropes infront of them. This is the most effective form that we have found when riding to keep everyone zipping straight and fast. In order to brake, the participant takes their right hand off of their ropes and places a flat hand behind their trolley as exemplified in the photo. The flat hand helps slow our participant down but not stop them. If one was to grab the cable, that would stop them in the middle of the zip and potentially hurt the guest. So we teach a flat hand for this reason and the friction between the glove and the cable helps slow the participant down so they can ease into the platform. Our guides have emergency brakes at each platform to slow guests down if they do not break efficiently or forget to do so.

My hope is that this is able to ease your mind about the process. We have all of our guests “test” out of ground school making sure that they can operate comfortably before we put them on the zipline.