Earlier this week, Asheville officially became home to what Adventure America Zipline Canopy Tours CEO Jeff Greiner calls the first urban zip-line experience in Western North Carolina. Xpress went over, camera in hand, to the company’s new digs adjacent to the Crowne Plaza Resort to see what all the zip-lining fuss is about.
The basic principle is simple. A cable is strung between two platforms, often in the trees. After strapping on a harness and getting a tutorial from Asheville Adventure’s staff, participants standing on the higher platform clip onto the cable, step off — and gravity does the rest. The quick ride provides enough adrenaline to satisfy the adventurous yet is tame enough to accommodate others. According to Adventure America, the oldest person to ride one of the company’s zip lines was over 90.
The cost for a tour with Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventures? $79 per person, $69 per person for groups of 10 or more. Participants must be at least 10 years old and weigh at least 70 lbs.
Photos provided by Anne Fitten Glenn