The closest we come to flying is sliding down a Zip-Line at top speed. As a kid it was always at gymnastics parties, summer camps and birthdays. As adults many exotic locations offer zip-line tours from treetop to treetop especially in the Rainforest. A fun activity for all ages, building a zip-line in your own backyard is a great way to spend hours upon hours of fun!
There are a few ways to approach building a zip-line. You can either hire a professional installer, which for anyone suffering from Tim the Toolman Taylor syndrome; this might be the better option. Or you can purchase a kit and go it alone.
If you decide to go with the second option, first check with your local zoning office for any conditions and restrictions in your neighborhood, which might require approvals. These laws also apply to how you’re going to use your zip-line. If you’re unsure about what to do, you can always check with industry experts at the link below.
Most home built zip-lines range from 20 to 100 feet in length. Consider the size of your space and who’s going to be using the zip-line when deciding how long it’s going to be. These zip-lines tend to operate at a lower speed and are only a few feet off the ground.
Here’s a list of things you’re going to want to get.
As always with anything involving climbing gear, safety is the most important. Be sure to follow all safety protocols when building zip-lines and make sure that there is always adult supervision when playing!