Zipline Mistakes that you Make Unknowingly

Have you ever tried zip lining? Are you planning to try this adventure in the near future? If yes, then you should obviously read the below article on various zipline mistakes that people do unknowingly. It is essential to address these factors effectively to eliminate them and decrease risk to participants. In addition, addressing these mistakes will also increase rider satisfaction and overall efficiency.

Any zipline capable of acquiring speeds of over 25 miles per hour can be considered a high-speed zipline. If you are planning to setup a high-speed zipline in your backyard with the zipline kit that you bought online, you will need to setup an automatic zip line brake system, emergency arrest device (EAD), and a landing area for the rider. Some of the biggest mistakes done by DIY zip liners are explained below. Read and understand them to avoid them the next time you zipline.

Operating Without Emergency Arrest Device

It is mandatory for high-speed zip lines to have the primary braking system and an emergency braking system. The emergency or backup zip line brake is provided to ensure effective, safe, and reliable stopping of the rider at times of emergency. EAD is what it sounds like – the device that stops the rider in case of emergency or when the primary braking system is compromised.

The ACCT Standards for Challenge Courses and Canopy/Zip Line Tours mandate to have an emergency arrest device provided for every zip line in which the rider arrives at the landing area at speeds equal to or more than six miles per hour. EAD should also be provided in situations where the rider may experience harmful and unnecessary contact with objects, terrain, or persons in the landing area.

Operating Without Rider Orientation Constraint

You should understand that EADs stop participants abruptly when compared to the primary zip line brake system. That is why EADs can be uncomfortable and even life threatening to a rider coming to the landing area in orientations other than forward. This is where the rider orientation constraint comes to play. This system is designed to ensure that the riders are facing forward at all times while zip lining. It is important for the rider to enter the landing area looking forward or facing the braking area.

High-speed zipline arrivals can lead to upswings on impact with the zip line brake trolley and can result in accidents if the rider arrives at the braking area facing backward. Without proper rider orientation constraint device, the participant will pivot backward, even if the person was facing forward at the time of brake application. This is why it is important to incorporate a rider orientation constraint to your zipline kit.