History of Ziplining

A zipline, zip-line, or zip line is a set up that consists of a harness attached to cable and suspended from poles or posts leading down an incline. The zipline allows for transportation to be conducted with only the use of gravity as a propellant. Ziplines were originally used for transporting materials at various worksites. In Australia these ziplines transported food and tools to workers on the other side of gully’s and in China they were used to suspend workers building bridges over rivers. Today they are now mostly used for recreation and fun. Ziplining can be found on playgrounds for children or in remote rainforest canopies on mountains for thrill seekers. Zipline tours are very popular vacation activities and are found outdoors for an added adventure theme.

Professional ziplines are most typically used for this outdoor sport. Typical courses are operated at high speeds and greater heights which allow for longer distances of the zipline. The worlds biggest zipline in combined length and height was was 4,970 feet long and 2,500 feet high. The longest in the world however was 1.3 miles long located in the jungles of Peru. Cables are usually made of steel and last long with better durability. The proper tensioning of a cable is important in order to control the pace of the journey. Zipliners must have means of stopping themselves so for shorter runs there’s a catch system manned by other people and for longer, faster runs there are brake systems installed.

Visit Kualoa Ziplining for your thrills at this outdoor activity. Their longest run you can go on is 1,320 ft! Check out Hawaii Discount (#hawaiidiscount) for the best offers and prices on tours and activities.

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