Took the tour with my wife one week ago. I'm a late 60's, in shape, non-jock, not particularly fond of heights. Our guides were friendly, knowledgeble and for the most part efficient. The perfunctory instructions on how to control one's self while hurtling down the lines would have benefitted from a few more details, particularly for me. One of the problems that can arise is turning or spinning on the pulleys that carry you on the zip cable. In my case, on the second zip line, having not mastered the technique of maintaining a forward looking mode,I had turned around with my back facing the target platform. I was moving at a fair clip, it turned out and arrived at the platform with my legs crossed at the ankles, as instructed, my right mid calf striking the edge of the platform, with my body carrying on backwards with continued momentum, striking the guide who was attempting to stop me. The guide was sent sprawling, my helmet was pushed over my eyes from the impact and I came to rest. Several of my fellow zip liners appeared in awe after witnessing my arrival. The result was a rather painful hematoma in the calf muscle and a bruised ego. But not the finish to this story. The next arrival on this second line was a sweet woman who was suffering a great deal of anxiety after the first line and required assistance. One of the guides rode across with her but they failed to reach the platform, stopping about 30 feet shy of their destination . A second guide went out on the line with a rope to throw to the other guide with the woman. There was a lot of loud communicating going on throughout this exercise and then the fellow with the rope jettisoned himself from the cable and fell several yards into the jungle beneath. The couple were pulled to safety. Unbeknownst to us on that end of the line a drama had unfolded on the other end. My wife was there awaiting her turn. The weight limit per person on the line is posted at 230 lbs. Apparently while three people were on the cable briefly during the rescue mission, the combined weight was too much for the rig up at the other end. A guy cable clamp slipped with the cable striking William, the guide in charge at that end, across the throat and throwing him off the platform. My wife, a nurse, thought for a moment that his trachea may have been crushed as he was holding his throat and had difficulty breathing. Luckily for him and all of us, this strong young man recovered quickly, with a large laceration across his throat. My wife and the others in the party at that end had to miss #2 and #3 lines, hiking through some pretty gnarly jungle to line #4 to resume their adventure. The good news for me personally is that I seem to have overcome some of my fear of heights. In fact I was the first in the group to tackle the Tarzan swing at the culmination of the tour. Definitely not to be missed!
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