Typically I start my day with a cup of coffee, quick check for important emails and at least a glance at the morning news. This last Friday was totally atypical. Of course it started with coffee, but from there it went downhill…on a steel cable that is.
I went zipping on Friday. Zipping through the trees, zipping over ponds and zipping with new friends. There’s a new business in town. Well, more like a new adventure in town and it’s called Zip Yosemite.Zip Yosemite is located on the Calvin Crest property and an easy drive from any local area. This adventure is perfect for the whole family and everyone will feel comfortable and safe. Our zip group was accompanied by four highly trained guides who shared stories about local history, educated us about the surrounding flora and fauna and even treated us to wild blackberries picked right from the bush.
This dynamic adventure was conceived and developed by the industry leader Experienced Based Learning (EBL), a team that brings years of research and technical expertise to this location The course consists of six zip lines, three rope “sky bridges” and three rappel platforms.
Since being the first commercial vendor to install courses, EBL has gone on to complete over 31 projects. Besides Zip Yosemite, EBL owns and operates six other properties throughout the country. No other vendor/operator has more experience. EBL operates as an Accredited Vendor with the ANSI Accredited Professional Ropes Course Association (PRCA).
Manager Wade Beane explained to me that Zip Yosemite is a progressive, moderate course, with zip lines ranging in length from 250 feet to just over 1,000 feet. “We ease you into the experience by starting you off on a short, easy zip, and then build to an exciting finish with our last two lines.” He sure had that right! I’m told that some guests reach speeds of up to 40 mph.
In our group we had a couple who has experienced a zip adventure in Costa Rica, and another person who has zipped in California. Everyone agreed this was an adventure to remember. Ori Goldstein, our Costa Rican zipper, beamed while he said, “Awesome, really really amazing!” His travel partner, Ani Saldana, added, “It’s a lot of fun, great zip lines.”
A big “THANK YOU!” has to go out to the entire staff at Zip Yosemite. Wade welcomed us and explained the EBL story and philosophy. Our guides for the morning, Tamie Taylor, Steven Knight-Arrowood, Brain Haskins and Tyler Sanders kept us safe, smiling and wanting to come back for more.
I am happy to give an enthusiastic “Thumbs Up” to this new local adventure. For more details and to make your reservations (be the first on your block) call 559.642.6688 or reserve online at www.ZipYosemite.com.