Seriously, how often do you get to do this?
Any day of the week when you're in Flagstaff!
I was lucky enough to get to do this on the first weekend they were open back in April. The first thing we did when we arrived was to get fitted with a harness. Safety first, you know. Woot! Woot! Harnesses are sexy!
The staff then walks you through a training course where they teach you all the rules and safety procedures. After safety first comes safety second! One of the things they teach you is to sit in your harness so you get used to trusting it. This is my friend, Ian.
The first course is fairly low and pretty easy. Pat choose not to participate because he's not very comfortable with heights, but after watching and taking pictures the whole day, he says that even he could do this course with no problem. Here are some of the fun obstacles in the first course. Tunnels:
Ladder bridge with cargo nets:
As you move on to the next course, they spice it up a little bit. Yes, this is a skateboard. In the air.
In addition to all the awesome obstacles to traverse, each course has one or two ziplines. This zipline is so long that you can barely see me flying toward you. Whee!
This was one of my favorite challenges:
You swing on a rope from the platform on the right over to that cargo net where I am. You have to let go of the rope to grab the cargo net! The crazy thing is that this obstacle is on the second easiest course! Don't let that scare you though; this one is optional. There is an alternate/easier choice to get to the next landing if you choose not to fly face first into a cargo net.
In case you were wondering if I was enjoying myself:
Yep! I sure was! What a fun, fun, fun day!!
We took a short potty break between the second and third courses. To start the third course you have to climb a ladder up a tree. This takes forever because you have to keep clipping and unclipping your carabiners every other step. The tree ladders were the only part of the course I didn't like. But once you're back up on the course, it's back to having fun!!
A big ladder traverse:
The other guy in these pictures is our new friend, Greg. He was doing the course by himself and he hooked up with us as we passed some slower folks. He told us about halfway through that he was scared of heights! He said he couldn't believe how safe he felt with the harness and the safety lines. He did all four courses!
This rope crossing was the hardest obstacle, in my opinion. I kept getting my feet caught up in my harness wires. No one else seemed to be having this problem, but I'm pretty talented in the uncoordination department. In addition to being uncoordinated, it also took a lot of strength to pull yourself across like that. But I made it across finally!
If you do have any problems on the course or you can't finish an obstacle, the staff will come get you and bring you down. However, if they have to bring you down, you don't get to finish the course so don't go crying wolf!
A cargo net traverse at the end of the fourth course:
Greg, Ian and I finished all four courses with no staff assistance required!
There were a whole bunch more awesome obstacles that I didn't show here. I don't want to give away all the fun and surprises for you! Now, get yourself to Flagstaff and do this! It's only $42 to do all four courses. This seems really low to me since you pay $80+ to do ziplining courses elsewhere. This is ziplining plus a whole lot more stuff that is a lot more fun than ziplining! $42 is totally worth it!
Ok, did this whole post sound like a commercial? :) Honestly, I am not being paid to promote Flagstaff Extreme, nor am I in their employ in any way! I just love this place that much!! And you will too, so GO! www.flagstaffextreme.com