Assess The Area Properly Before Setting Up A Zip Line
Setting up a zipline kit is very easy to do. All you need to do is to fix the zipline cable across two trees or erected poles. The cable should be inclined at a specific angle to let the rider slide to the other end of the cable just by the force of gravity alone. This is very simple to do.
However, if you did not take the necessary precautions, this fun activity might very well end with an accident. So, here are a few things you need to consider before setting up the zip line.
Find a good space for the adventure
Even before you purchase the zipline kit, you need to find a safe place for setting up the zip line. If you cannot find such a safe area for the purpose, there is no point in going ahead with the plan. You need to find an open area with not many trees. Though you will need at least a couple of trees to set up the line, there should not be any trees in between.
Now, you need to find a tree that is thick and strong enough to withstand the weight of the zip line riders. For connecting the zipline kit, you require a tree of at least 12 inches in diameter.
The best location for setting up the zip line will be a hill, if you can find one in your neighbourhood. This way, you will get the correct angle for your zip line making it easier for the riders to slide from one end of the line to the other.
To get a good slope for the zip line, you need to get a drop of at least 6 feet for a 100 feet cable. If you are setting up the zipline kit with an even steeper angle, then you need to be aware of the speed this angle will create. This means that you will need to set up a proper zip line braking system in such a way that the rider would be brought to a slow and gradual stop rather than a sudden one.
So, at the end of the zip line, you need to attach a braking system connected to a bungee rope fixed to a third anchor. When the zip line rider reaches the end of the line, the trolley will be brought to a smooth stop a few feet before the other tree, where you can safely get down.