While many New Hampshire mountains are used for skiing and snow-boarding in the winter, the summer months open the opportunity to see the mountains in a whole new fashion.
At Alpine Adventures in Lincoln multiple zip lining tracks run down a mountain side and everyday dozens of tourists travel there to experience the excitement and free fall.
If you have never experienced zip lining, the process is quite simple and the friendly staff at Alpine Adventures guide you through every step in the process. The trip turns out to be a lot more than zip lining and is a truly memorable experience.
At their main office, participants in a group gather together in a cabin-like lounge. The safety rules are discussed and then everyone gets strapped into the harness.
Helmets are then fitted as more rules are explained for the trip. Even if you zone out during this portion, safety rules are repeated and ensured throughout the day.
Keep any extra belongings behind and locked in a car, but you can easily carry a camera as long as it has a strap.
A large van picks up the group. The trip to the mountain takes anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes depending on traffic and construction. Once dropped off at the bottom of the mountain, the first phase of the trip begins.
Everyone piles into the back of a dune buggy truck. For around five minutes, you will bounce and trash as you take an off-road excursion up the mountain. Look for a strap or something to hold on to because you will get thrown around.
When you reach the top, you are greeted by your zip lining crew, typically a group of adventurous young men that want to entertain while on the trip.
After the harnesses are adjusted, you will head across a roped bridge to a platform on a tree for the first zip line. This may be the scariest the zip line, because it is a new experience and you are standing about 80 feet from the ground.
The first instructions plummet down the zip line as two stay behind for the rest of the guests. This is one two zip lines known as “racers”. This means that the zip lines go side by side and two people can race down together.
At the launch pad, safety instructions are given and you are told the best spot to place your hands and how to steer yourself while going down. As you teeter over the edge, a rush goes through your body and off you go.
Landing is a simple process as the instructors help slow you down and bring you to the base.
While the first tree bridges are secure and sturdy, a few of the others do not seem so much. Your zip line is attached to a safety harness as you slowly walk across the shaky, unstable bridges.
At some points this is scarier than actually going down the zip line. There are around four of these to walk across and you are safely attached to the cables each time.
The final zip line on the course is by far the best. It features a 100 foot free-fall drop where you gain speeds of over 60 miles per hour.
You can choose to drop on this one either frontwards or backwards. The backwards drop is such a better experience, because you do not know what is below you and the freefall feeling is amazing.
As you swing forward down the zip line, you continue to go back and forth until you slow down and are able to climb down a ladder.
Anyone who likes extreme adventures will love Alpine Adventures Ziplining. Prices are fairly cheap, the experience is unforgettable, and the little extras like the tree bridges and off-road ride really add more to the experience.
Alpine Adventures also features a gift shop, snacks, and is located next to several restaurants and shops in Lincoln, New Hampshire.
Visit http://www.alpinezipline.com/ for more information.