Zip Line

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Project by EPJartisan posted 04-16-2010 09:54 PM 2780 views 7 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Back in 2008 I chose to use my tax return to design and install a zip line up on the vacation land. I worry about damaging trees, so I researched and constructed the platform to do minimal damage to the maple trees. Cable wrapped around the trees spaced by blocks of wood, and tension. My friends were leery at my design, but I assured them I built it to hold up to 10,000 lbs.. so no chance of it snapping. I also made a rope / 2×4 ladder.

The launch platform is 20 feet off the ground, runs for 250 ft about 23 seconds of flying through the trees. I custom made a bungie cord break for the bottom at only 8 ft from the ground. The riders weight actually allows them to stand up at the end and remove the harness. Cost me $450 for the wood, and hardware, 10 hours of design and building and 3 hours of installation. Three springs later.. the trees are not damaged and the cable it still tight.

I am putting in a second one this spring, all my friends have chipped in for the cost. another 250 zip from the cabin to the existing platform.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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jim C

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#1 posted 04-16-2010 10:11 PM


I did the zip thing in St. Lucia last January.

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#2 posted 04-16-2010 10:20 PM


I’ve done the zip line thing in a FEW places—always fun!

If you ever get tired of protecting those maple trees, incidentally, ... just let me know, and I’ll take care of them, for you :-)

This IS LumberJocks, you know :-D

-- -- Neil

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Will Stokes

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#3 posted 04-16-2010 10:36 PM

Very cool. I would love to see more detailed photos or plans. :-) My brother and I have joked for years about building a zip line. :-)

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#4 posted 04-17-2010 12:11 AM

THAT’S GREAT. As a family we did an eight leg ZIPLINE in Costa Rica. The last line was 2600 ft long and was 400 ft above the gound at points. What a great thing to hava s your own.


-- Ralph New Hampshire,

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#5 posted 04-17-2010 12:37 AM

How cool! Sounds like a fun ride.

-- Tom, Upper Arlington, Ohio

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#6 posted 04-17-2010 03:37 AM

Zip lines.. tons of fun… nice work…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#7 posted 04-17-2010 04:16 AM

very ingenious. looks like a fun build and a fun ride. but think of the board feet of lumber in those maples!

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#8 posted 04-17-2010 05:08 AM

Looks like fun!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 05-11-2010 05:54 PM

Zip travel.. wow! Great for the ‘kid’ in you, as long as your knees hold up! Good job.


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