One of the projects that I wanted to get done before the 4th. of July week-end, was installing a zip-line at the cabin. I had ordered one off E-Bay a few weeks ago. I ordered an extra 50 feet of cable for a total of 150 foot!
My friend Ed Ponzy helped me install it between two of the trees on the west side of our cabin. I used one of my ladder deer stands for the platform, and that seemed to work out very well. The platform is at 14 feet and we tied the cable to the tree at 17 feet from the ground. You can actually sit on the platform and grip the zip line handle bars (over your head) then push off from a seated position. We tied off the other end of the cable to a pine tree 130 foot away from the stand, after cutting off a few branches.
Once up and ready to try out there wasn’t anyone very willing to take a “leap of faith!” The wives were not going to let the kids try it first as we didn’t even know if it was going to work right. My son-in-law Glen finally said he would be the test pilot, and after several minutes of “collecting” his nerve, he made one small leap for man and one giant leap for the “kids” of mankind! He had a blast, and I quickly followed with my own zip line follies! It was a lot of fun, and I’m sure the grandkids are going to love the newest addition to our summer activities.
In the second picture it would appear that I was screaming like a “little girl!” Trust me I was doing that for effect-I really am not that ugly(scary face for the kids benefit!)