I suffer from acrophobia – an extreme or irrational fear of heights – but I am also an advocate for experiencing new things. Exploring BC has found me standing on elevated rocky outcrops, crossing extraordinary suspension bridges, and flying above the clouds in helicopters.
But nothing quite beats the adrenaline rush of aerial adventure. Take a look at some of the amazing shots and videos I took while zip lining back and forth between Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain!
There are several zip lining companies that offer tours around the Whistler area, but Mark and I decided to book through Ziptrek Ecotours specifically for their discounts and promotional packages.
Ziptrek Ecotours was founded in 2001 and operates in several cities across the globe. The Whistler tours take you on zip lines of varying lengths back and forth between Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain.
There are three tour options and we opted for the Bear Tour. This tour opened in the summer of 2002 and was the first zip line tour in North America! It includes 5 individual zip lines ranging from 400 ft. to 1100 ft. and leads you across 4 treetop bridges.
Ziptrek Ecotours not only coordinates guided tours but they also operate in a safe and educational environment with a focus on efforts to facilitate learning about sustainability and nature preservation.
The structures that Ziptrek Ecotours use are installed to preserve trees and vegetation using rot-resistant wood, solar energy, and other environmentally conscious materials.
Ziptrek Ecotours also offers a complimentary GoPro for all zip liners. A small, easy to use and handle action camera with both photo and video capabilities was given to us for the duration of the tour.
The GoPro was equipped with a 2GB SD card that held almost an hour of footage and hundreds of photographs (spoiler: we took a lot of pictures of trees!). The SD cards are then available for purchase after the tour for $30.
At the end of the tour a professional photographer was waiting to snap some photos of each zip liner coming across the last zip line.
We ended the tour with a group photo and a short drive back into Whistler Village. These professional shots were also available for purchase at an additional cost.
Zip lining through the mountains isn’t something that I EVER thought I would do, but wow, what an experience it was! It just goes to show that facing your fears can be frightening but it can also be so very rewarding.
Here’s to another experience checked off the bucket list and the anticipation for my next big, fear-facing adventure!
Have you gone zip lining before? Let me know in the comments section below!
(Featured image: Kathryn Ho, www.instagram.com/khitters)