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Zip Line

Description: A person sits on a high platform and is attached by their harness to a cable line that decreases in height at the end. When the person leaves the platform they take an exciting ride as the wheel pulley rolls down the cable.

Inclusive Options (Rohnke‚ Wall‚ Tait‚ and Rogers‚ 2003):

  • By using a mechanical advantage system that can be attached to the zip pulley or a loop in the tether‚ a person can be raised up to unclip from their harness. They can then be lowered to the ground.

This video clip shows a facilitator demonstrating a haul system to lower himself from the zipline to a wheelchair.  Video courtesy of Bradford Woods.
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This video clip shows a facilitator demonstrating a haul system to lower himself from the zipline to a wheelchair. Video courtesy of Bradford Woods.

This photo shows a participant taking a ride on the zip line from the top of the climbing tower.
A facilitator looks on as a participant goes for a ride on the zip line. (Photo by Bradford Woods.)

This is a photo of a girl hanging in the air as she slides down the zip–line from the top of a climbing tower on a high–ropes course.
A girl takes a ride on the zip–line off of the climbing tower at Bradford Woods. (Photo by Bradford Woods.)

This photo shows a participant hanging from the zip line next to a ladder.  A facilitator‚ utilizing a wheelchair‚ assists the participant lower themselves to the ground from the zip line.
A facilitator assists a participant as they lower themselves down from the zip line. (Photo by Bradford Woods.)

This photo shows the haul system as it is attached to the zip line.
A mechanical haul system attached to the zip line. (Photo by Bradford Woods.)

This photo shows a smiling participant lowering himself from the zip line utilizing the mechanical haul system.
A participant lowers himself from the zip line.


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