One item on my itinerary for the weekend that I was REALLY looking forward to was Branson Ziplining. The only ziplining that I had ever done was in Las Vegas but it was through Fremont Street and it wasn’t the same as being in the wilderness and dangling from high above.
To get the full experience of ziplining, we took the Ozarks Xplorer Canopy Tour at Branson Zipline. This tour has 7 zip lines and 10 suspension bridges, I couldn’t wait to get on the first one! Safety First though, it took about 10 minutes for us to learn about safety precautions and what to expect from our tour guides. I was lucky enough to be able to go zipling with a few other bloggers; Donna from DonnaHup.com, Natasha from Houseful of Nicholes, and Ericka from Ericka Saves. These girls rocked the course and it was so much fun to have them by my side.
(From Left to Right: Quinn, Betsy (me), Donna, Natasha, Shomari, Ericka)
The entire tour took about 2.5 – 3 hour, and let me tell you, it was 3 hours of AWESOME. We were driven up to the first spot and given a few details about what to expect and what is going to happen. We walked up to the ledge and were ready to go.
For those of you are a bit weary about the idea of hanging by a cable, I completely understand. They insured us that the cable could hold a couple thousand pounds without breaking! Also you have two hooks that are connected to you, one of those hooks is ALWAYS connected to a cable to you can rest assured that you won’t fall far. I wasn’t nervous about zip lining, the only thing that was a bit nerve wracking was standing on a ledge getting connected to the wire with nothing around you. I enjoyed jumping off the ledge each time, it’s a great adrenaline rush. If you like roller coasters, you will like zip lining.
As we moved on from post to post, we were told about the land we were on and about the original owners of the land. The owners had a lot of say how things were done so it was great to get a back history of Branson Zip Line. Once you get on the first zip line, you can’t get off until the third zip line. You are zip lining from one post to another post, the first three are connected, then the last four are connected. After we finished the first three zip lines, we got to take a small break. We were provided with some delicious granola bars and water to re-hydrate ourselves.
After our break, we were ready to conquer the last half of the zip line tour. The last four zip lines were the tallest and longest, we also got to go over some pretty awesome suspension bridges! Notice how we are still connected to the zip line even when walking across the bridges.
The morning that we went zip lining, it was freezing! I don’t think any of us were prepared for how cold it was going to be. I think we played it off well. Can you tell that were freezing?
After the zip line tour was complete, it was so nice to be back in the warm building. There was hot chocolate and coffee waiting for us to help us warm up our bones. Even though we were done with the tour, Quinn and I were ready for more adventure. We had been eye balling a tall tower since we walked in and we knew we had to conquer it before we left.
Doesn’t that tower look crazy! It’s a 102 ft jump from the top, but you take a zip line that is over a quarter of a mile long to get to the tower. So we took another car ride up to the where we would taking our last zip line. This tower was only 25 ft tall but as you go down, you start to gain momentum and end up being 150 feet above the ground with some pretty amazing views! Quinn was first, then I was second. He made it through the zip line with no problem. I jumped out and started the zip line and I can feel myself gaining speed. I’m almost to the the next tower – maybe 50 feet away – and I can feel my self start slowing down drastically. I’m not too sure what exactly is going on at this point, then I realize my weight didn’t carry me all the to the next tower and I start sliding back towards to original tower that I left!
This picture is quite embarrassing but it shows exactly what I was feeling. It was at this time that I didn’t know if I should freak out or not. This was the first time all day during our zip lining adventure that I felt some sort of fear. I came to a complete stop and I didn’t know what to do. I was afraid to move but my harness was pinching me in all the wrong spots so I tried to wiggle a bit to get more comfortable. The tour guide waiting at the tower that I was suppose to make it to got connected to the cable and rescued me.
Once we made it safely back to the 100 ft tower, my nerves really got to me. Was I really going to willingly jump off a 102 ft tower on my own? My hands were shaking, I was nervous. I had no other way down from the tower so I had to give myself a pep talk and prepare for what was soon to be the most exhilarating part of my week.
Quinn was first to jump the Free Fall Xpress. He made it look simple which gave me some courage before it was my turn.
One thing that I did that probably wasn’t the smartest idea was looking down to see how far I was going to jump. Here is my view from the 102 ft tower, looking down.
It was hard to take the first step off of the platform. I remember asking my tour guide if I was locked in, because it would be my luck that I would jump and not be connected to anything. She told me I was locked in and ready to go so I closed my eyes and took a leap of faith. The first ten feet were the scariest. I was free falling and not sure if the cable was going to catch me. (Okay, I knew it was going to catch me, but seriously talk about an adrenaline rush!) After you’re about half way through the jump, your cable tightens up and you land nicely on a platform below. It was the best experience ever and if you like thrills, you must take the Blue Streak Fast Line and Free Fall Xpress, you won’t be disappointed.
Still not convinced to go Zip Lining? Branson Zip line also has a Photo Safari Guided Walking that is approximately 1.5 – 2 hours long. During your walk you will take in the gorgeous views of the Ozarks while learning about the Wolfe Family and their story. Along with enjoying the company of your guide and fellow hikers, you’ll also have the chance to meet up with family or friends who opted to take the Ozarks Xplorer Canopy Tour as they’ll have a break at the same spot as you. The ability to coordinate a meeting midway through our hiking and zip lining tours is a feature of our world class facility that enables family and friends of all ages to share in the beauty of the outdoors together by participating in activities that suit each individuals needs.
If you can’t tell, I absolutely loved my adventure at Branson Zip Line. Add it to your list of things to do while in Branson!
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