When I arrived at Vancouver for a short 5-day trip last summer, I was feeling pretty adventurous. The morning after I got there, I pulled myself out of bed at 5am to hike Grouse Mountain. It was a pretty brutal hike, but the views at the top were worth the struggle! Although in all honesty, on any normal day, I would have probably opted for the sky-tram instead. 2.5 hours vs. 20 minutes. But it was nice to get some fresh air early in the morning. Once I got to the top of the mountain, I decided to take their 5-line zipline tour. It was pretty pricey ($180 ish if I remember correctly), but it was such an amazing experience! My tour guides were wonderful, and since it was still early in the morning, nobody else was there and I basically had a private tour.
You have to do some walking/hiking to get from line to line, but it’s really not that bad. I was super bummed in the beginning because I noticed how foggy it was getting. But my tour guides convinced me that ziplining in the fog was 10x better. And they were so right! You’re basically flying through white mist. You can’t see anything around you, maybe your hand at most if you stick it out in front of you, but that’s what makes it so exciting! I felt like I was in a Harry Potter movie or something.
I was too scared to try to take pictures while I was coming down the ziplines–I didn’t want to accidentally drop my camera. The views from the lifts were gorgeous, though!
So much green!!! Definitely missing this right now, although California is noticeably greener this year with all the rain that we’ve been getting. For those of you who have never ziplined before, I highly recommend giving it a try! It’s very safe, and I never felt like I was going to tumble out of the harnesses or anything. They teach you the “braking formation” at the beginning, and it’s really simple. That’s the only thing you have to remember to do. There’s someone at the start of the zipline to buckle you in and send you off, and then the other tour guide waits at the end of the line to catch you and unhook you. I’d say the only downside is if you end up going with a huge group–then most of the time you’re just going to be waiting for your turn. The actual time you spend on each zipline is max like 45 seconds. But I still think it was totally worth it!
Actually, I guess I did take a picture when I was actually on the zipline…although this picture doesn’t do the view justice. It seems like my camera was still able to pick out the trees in the background, but I literally couldn’t see anything besides the white mist. It was such a cool experience and I wouldn’t have traded it for a sunny, clear day 🙂 Maybe next time, though!