I may be a bit of an adrenaline junkie. I’ve run with the bulls in Pamplona, hit 40 mph skiing out in Montana, and gone cliff diving off a seventy-footer. I’ve done some pretty stupid (awesome) things but absolutely nothing I regret. I live for the moments where my heart’s racing and the adrenaline is pumping throughout my body at full force. Hence, why I’m always asking, ‘What’s next?’ What’s next came in the form of a text.
Last weekend my friend came into town and had some free tickets to the ropes course in Shelby Farms Park. Never having done anything like it, I didn’t know what to expect, but I felt like I couldn’t turn down a free ticket. And I’m glad I didn’t! The Go Ape ropes course is an outdoor adventure where you’re dangling forty feet above the ground while overcoming obstacles to get from platform to platform. Now if you’re scared of heights like I am, it takes a while to get used to it but once the initial jitters are gone, then you can really start having fun.
Safety always comes first. There’s an intensive safety training course at the beginning to make sure that all new comers know exactly how to clip in and be safe while doing it. They throw you into a snug fitting harness with two color coated carabiners. The only rule is to ALWAYS stay clipped in. The guide was incredibly helpful and although repetitive at times, he was effective at making us remember how to have fun while staying safe.
There are six zones in total and in between each zone you get to zip line across the lake to mark the end of that zone. Each zone has roughly 8-10 obstacles. The obstacles ranged from having to walk across 2×4’s to having to “Tarzan Swing” into a cargo net and climb up to reach the next platform. Although some of the obstacles are hard, you shouldn’t worry! As your instructor made sure of, you know to always be hooked in, and even if the obstacles too hard, you really can just sit back in your harness and glide across with no problem.
This ropes course really was made with any age group and skill level in mind, and could be a fun outing for the family or simply just to try something new with your friends. Whatever your intentions, just get outside, enjoy the weather, and have some heart stopping fun! I can guarantee you won’t regret it.
And just remember, as South Park has taught me, whenever you hit the zip line don’t forget to shaka brah.🤙