Ziplining in the Catskills

There is a video of this adventure at the bottom of this page.

Should you be looking for an adventure in the north east, well anywhere really, might I suggest — ziplining!!! Now, anyone who knows me is probably aware that I have battled a fear of heights my entire life. As a child, if I thought a building was too tall, I’d have a hard time walking up the stairs…. indoors!

Over the years though, I have found ways to push my boundaries. At first, just to be functional in the world, it’s difficult going through life avoiding structures over 2 stories. Last year, I hiked the Beehive Trail in Acadia National Park, a near vertical climb 525 feet to the summit, that hike “broke” whatever it was in my head that was holding me back. So, this year I decided I wanted to zipline. What better way to do that than on the fastest, longest and highest zipline in North America… the Skyrider Tour at Hunter Mountain, NY.

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2D9DFAE1847CBD79F862D5E397E785CE-01I grabbed the GoPros and a friend and headed to Hunter NY. We were shuttled to the top of the mountain in a big army-looking truck, took the zipline training and headed to the first platform!

A81BE9DB9B1909E84BB8CD371914B1B3-01I say, first platform, because this isn’t just 1 zip and then you’re done. No, this is 5 ziplines that zig-zag down the mountain! The first zipline is the biggest, it’s over 3200 feet long and 650 feet above the ground and you reach speeds over 50 MPH!

CD66F61304CFD9BBF8B4B1A4AAD287F2-01I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bit nervous as we stood there looking 1/2 mile across the valley and realizing we were going to fly there! Especially considering that you have to run off the platform willingly! To my surprise though, I was more excited than nervous, and when our guide shouted Zip Away!!! I didn’t hesitate at all.

IMG_20160528_201410_01All 5 of the ziplines had different aspects to them, different angels, speeds and styles. The views were incredible and our tour guides were great. When we reached the end of the tour, I was pretty disappointed that there would be no more zipping that day, but it was an incredible experience. I can’t wait to go back an give it another go, next time might be in the winter per one of our guides suggestions. They run the ziplines year round!

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