Setting Up A Zip-Line Brake
Gliding through a zip line is a lot of fun. However, you should take care of a few things to ensure that there are no accidents. Purchasing high quality zip line gear, setting up the zip line brake system, using the necessary safety gear, etc are all important while on the adventure. You can easily find the best equipments online.
How to setup a good zip line brake system
Any downward slopping cable attached to fixed points can serve as a zip line; just attach a pulley to it and start the fun. However, if you are doing this across a water stream or at a considerable height from the ground, you have to make sure that you are using quality zip line, not just any ordinary cable and pulley.
A professional zip line cable will be specially designed for this purpose and will not break that easily. A good quality zip line trolley system will have a mechanism for controlling the speed as well.
Another important thing to keep in mind is the zip line brake. You have to setup a brake point in the zip line for stopping the gliding trolley (or yourself) at an ideal location to ensure safe landing. For this, you will need to buy a zip line brake kit.
This is usually a block of wood or strong plastic that can be attached to the zip line, where you want the trolley to stop. With the zip line brake kit, you will also get the necessary bolts, nuts, bungee rope, etc for setting it up.
Attaching it to the zip line is very easy. Unscrew the bolts and open the block. Place it on the zip line cable and put the bolts back to firmly hold the brake on its position. Anchor this block firmly to the ground using the bungee rope. Find a tree or mount a post into the ground to attach the other end of the rope, with one end to the brake block using an eyebolt.
The brake system for your zip line is now ready to use. The next time when you use the zip line, the brake block will bump against the gliding trolley. This will stretch the bungee rope, thereby bringing the trolley to a smooth stop. You need to keep in mind the correct length of bungee rope when using this brake as well.
So, set the brakes on your zip line accurately, and start the adventure today. But, if you are not sure of the thing, get an expert team to do that for you, and simply enjoy the glide!