Thursday, August 1, 2013

Sunday July 28 & Monday July 29 Alpine Adventures Ziplines Wolcott, Colorado near Vail

I arrived at Alpine Adventures, 15 miles west of Vail, about 10 A.M. and was able to get on an 11 A.M. tour. We rode up to the zipline in a Pinzgauer 6-wheel drive vehicle...the scariest part of the trip...just kidding!

The views of the canyon were magnificent, however, after 3 lines the rain was making the ground to ground landings very muddy, so we quit for the day. We walked up a short trail and the jeep picked us up! The views were so awesome I did not want to miss the other 3 lines, so I stayed overnight.

It was still early in the day, so I drove to Vail, about 15 miles to the east, to look around.

I arrived back the next morning about 8:30 A.M. for an early tour. It was raining on my drive there, but I figured if it was raining, I would go to the library and work. I was not going to complain about rain in Colorado. They needed it! However, when I arrived at 4 Eagle Ranch, it was not raining and the sun was coming out! 

During the 2 - 2 1/2 hour tour, we were zipping over a very deep canyon and at times were over 250 feet in the air. The hiking is easy to moderate The views were amazing! There were rivers and streams. We were over the Alakai River which flows into the Eagle River and then into the Colorado River. Wow! What a view! We had a long zip through the canyon which was so cool! We could see waterfalls and unique cliffs. There was also a van at the bottom of the canyon that had been there 20 years. They use a block braking system and we ride on double pulleys. Lines up to a 1000 feet long!

We had a full body harness, so I went upside down a couple of times, but mostly I just rode and took in the magnificent views! 

There was some hiking, but not a lot. My awesome guides were Kieran and Evan who took good care of us!

Alpine Zip Adventures
4 Eagle Ranch 
Wolcott, Colorado

Saturday July 27 Glenwood Canyon Zipline Adventures

I arrived in Glenwood Springs in the late afternoon. I spoke with Kathy, who owns this zip, as well as, one in Idaho Springs, with her husband Keith, who was able to put me on a tour. This place has an awesome ropes course, but I was too tired to try it out. They have two 700 ft ziplines that cross over the Colorado River. I loved that because I could ham it up for the rafters below! It was a cool ride! My awesome guides were Hope and Evan!

Glenwood Canyon Zipline Adventures
1308 County Road 129
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
877-ZIP-RAFT (947-7238)

Friday July 26 Full Blast Adventures Durango, Colorado

I arrived in Durango Thursday night and called the manager of Full Blast Adventures, Cody, and he set me up for a 10 A.M. tour for the next morning. 

I arrived about 9 A.M. There were 12 lines through beautiful terrain with each line getting progressively longer and faster. My awesome guides were Matt and John John. We began with a 1/4 mile hike uphill. The walking wasn't hard, but I was having trouble breathing with an elevation of 8,000+ feet, so when Matt offered to drive me up on an ATV, I took him up on the offer. I loved the course and was able to go upside down...not sure I was allowed, oops. I also tried flipping off the deck, but kept going sideways. We had a great day. Thank you Damien for the awesome pictures!

Only 2 minutes from downtown Durango.

Paint ball and a slackline also available.

Block braking, so hands free for the zipper!

Full Blast Adventures
20673 Hwy 160 West | Durango, CO 81301

Thursday July 25 Angel Fire Zipline Angel Fire, New Mexico

I arrived at Angel Fire Zipline in New Mexico about 8 A.M. and was able to take a 9 A.M. tour.   It was cold, but a welcome change from the high 90s I had been experiencing. We were in the Sangre de Christo mountains and the views were awesome!

 I had a nice 15 yo with me named Noah. It was just the two of us and we had fun! We took the chair lift to the top of the mountain where our guides, Jenna and Keith, were waiting for us! After donning harnesses and helmets, we were ready for our first zip! 

We were up over 10,000 feet in elevation, so it was a little hard to breathe, but we had no problem with the short hikes. We were only able to do 5 lines because the 1600 ft line was having a new braking system installed, but I promised I would come back and zip it later. It was warming up by the time we finished. Awesome experience with a great group of people!

Other activities: Fishing, boating, horseback riding, rafting, ATV tours, golf, mountain biking, ziplining, disc golf, and more!

Angel Fire Zipline Adventures
3365 Mountain View Blvd.
Angel Fire, NM 87710