Over the past years, zip-lines (also known as flying fox, aerial ropeslide, aerial runway or death rides) have become a very popular outdoor adventure activity, in particular in forest adventure parks. The currently longest zip-line in Europe covers more than one kilometre in length. The use of standard poles on flat terrain generally limits zip-lines to 200m. However, on hilly ground, and with the poles placed on the top of the rises, the same layout can be used to cover much longer distances!
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Visitor turnover ratios are one of the key factors to be taken into consideration when designing the basic layout of a zip-line or Flying Fox. Any turnover ratio higher than 15 visitors per hour requires an accordingly designed access area and a swift exit to avoid "bottlenecks" resulting in long visitor queues.
One of the simplest solutions is a launch platform attached to trees or poles which can be accessed by a fixed ladder. Visitor turnover can be further increased by launching platforms on the top of a tower or a tower scaffold with an integrated staircase. Alternatively, attaching launch platforms to an existing premise with an internal or external staircase facilitates visitor access.
The most common exit procedure involves a course finish approx. 3-5m above ground, with qualified staff detaching the visitor harness from the trolley. Alternatively, a detachable bungee cord allows visitors to ride until their feet reach the ground, after which the harness will be disconnected from the trolley. In the case the layout covers areas of open water or particularly rough terrain preventing a speedy return of the trolley to the launch platform after a ride, trolleys detachable from the main cable provide the most effective solution.
A variation is finishing in a paragliding landing style - visitors touch ground, jog to a halt and detach the trolley from the main cable afterwards.
Our product catalogue offers a comprehensive assortment of zip-line and Flying Fox designs, suitable for almost any type of location or terrain. We also develop zip-line layouts for indoor sports facilities and leisure centres.
Need to know more on the subject, please read the following expert articles:
- Zip Line Design: Components for a Complete System
- 9 Zipline Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making
- Pros and Cons of Different Zip Line Brakes
- Expert Tips for Zip Line Brake Installations
- Whitepaper: Zipline Braking Dynamics
- MAG Brake Trolley, the Magnetic Self-braking Zipline pulley
The zipSTOP zipwire braking system will revolutionize the challenge course industry. The zipSTOP uses a self-regulating magnetic brakingsystem to brake zip line participants safely and comfortably. With the ability to brake participants safely at high velocities, the zipSTOP effectively solves the age-old problem of how to safely stop a rapidly moving zipliner as they approach to the platform.