Ziplining and Ropes: The Bucket List

Feats of treetop insanity.

Playing in the Tree Tops at TreeUmph! in Florida

That moment when you realize you will be hooking up your own harness hardware (sans supervision) to the 650-foot TreeUmphant! zip line that is the grand finale to the new aerial base camp experience outside of Bradenton, Florida. Or when you realize Read More

Superwoman on a Zipline (©photocoen)

Ziplining near Machu Picchu in Peru

I have a choice, I realized as I was swinging in midair. Either I freak out or let go and enjoy. While fear is an emotion, often used as an excuse – I can't help it, I'm just too afraid to do it – I took a rational decision not to be afraid and Read More

Bottom of 1,600 foot (487 metre) long water slide at Buena Vista Lodge, Costa Rica. The leather "diaper" is worn by women in standard bathingsuits so they won't scratch their bottoms while sliding down the concrete chute. Photo by Yvette Cardozo

Taking Costa Rica’s “Mega Combo Adventure Challenge” in Guanacaste on the NW Coast

I am seriously short on attention span: It's not enough for me to just do a zipline or hot springs or ride a horse. I've gotta do them all, preferably on the same day. Enter Buena Vista Lodge & Adventure, located in Guanacaste in northwestern Read More

Elements and criss-cross each other at different heights, depend on the level of the course.

Sky-Walking and Ziplining in the Berkshires: Catamount’s Aerial Adventure Park

As a travel writer, I frequently roam across the globe, but this time, my destination is walking distance from my house: a quarter mile, as the crow flies. I live on the side of the Catamount Ski Area on the border of Massachusetts and New York. A Read More

Sonoma Zipline

Ziplining in the Sonoma Canopy, California

Redwoods shouldn’t sway. At least not in my mind, anyway. These enormous, ramrod straight trees grow for centuries, stretching hundreds of feet skyward, while widening and thickening their trunks. Heck, here in northern California you can even drive Read More

Dells Zipline

Ziplining in Wisconsin Dells

I hate heights. I really hate heights. So why in the world am I perched on the edge of a sky-high platform, ready to step off into the abyss below? Because my family wants to try ziplining, that’s why. And though terrified, I don’t want to be left Read More

St. Lucia zipline through the rainforest

Ziplining in St. Lucia: Flying over the Tropical Rainforest

It's a different perspective up here. Standing on a small wooden platform that is securely bolted to a tree, I'm looking down perhaps 100 feet to the ground over a tangle of variegated greens: Gray greens, blue greens, lime greens, deep greens, even Read More

High Flying Adventure

Heli-Hiking in British Columbia

The scenery is, quite simply, epic. I've drawn the lucky window seat in the helicopter, giving me an eagle's eye view of two hulking towers of rock, close enough to touch. It's like one of those movie moments, when the music gets big and the camera Read More

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Tropical Bobsledding at Jamaica’s Mystic Mountain

I  am sitting in something that look like a bobsled, although instead of running on snow, the contraption hurtles on metal tracks through a tropical forest. With a white-kunckled grip on a handbrake,  I supposedly have control of the speed, but no Read More

cloud forest

Ziplining in Costa Rica

I am standing on a platform about 60 feet above the ground, getting ready to swing through the Costa Rican rainforest like a Central American Tarzan. Or a scientist. The zipline is at the five-star Bourinquen Resort, an eco-resort in Guanacaste, Read More