As a writer and photographer I travel between my life in Toronto, my life in Antigua, and anywhere else my wanderings may take me ... writing my books and enjoying local arts and adventures along the way.

Ziplining between Skyscraping Treetops in Antigua's Rain Forest

Higher than it Looks

Higher than it Looks

Jumping off a platform at the top of one huge rain forest tree I found myself racing out across the zipline. Only an endless drop into nothing but empty air was below me. I was moving towards a wooden platform that looked tiny at the distant end of the line where it was fixed to a tree. The tree looked almost impossibly far away … so far away that I was grateful for the tremendous speed I was gathering since it was getting me to the other side quicker. But my gratefulness froze almost instantaneously into fear when I realized I was approaching that opposite platform at crash velocity and still not slowing down. Panicking slightly I pulled the brakes a little too hard just when the natural deceleration at the end of the ride kicked in so that my braking plus the natural deceleration slowed me down too much. ¬†Rather than colliding into the tree my forward motion dribbled to a weak stop and I ended up slightly short of the platform. The patient ranger had to reach out to bring me in … leaving me feeling kind of sheepish.¬†”You all right cameraman” he smiled. It was less of a question than a statement.

Despite my excessive caution I had won points among the rangers for being able to shoot photos while holding on to my harness … one of the cute young rangerettes even referring to this prowess as my “ninja style”. Though my pulse was still racing, I found that I couldn’t resist faking a little bravado in the face of that compliment. “No problem at all man” I responded to the ranger who’d caught me.

I honestly never expected the tour to be so much fun. I never expected there would be such an adrenaline pumping combination of height, speed, balance, and natural ecological beauty. Don’t expect to use your camera in mid-flight like I did though … I had a special harness, and it was quite a challenge as well as being a grave risk to the camera.

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4 comments on “Ziplining between Skyscraping Treetops in Antigua’s Rain Forest

  1. five day job on said:

    Hi, I have been a lurker around your blog for a couple weeks. I love this article and your entire blog! Looking forward to reading more!

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  2. Antigua Holidays on said:

    Hi Andy, I got back from Antigua on Thursday and did the zipline tour as well. What a rush! They have got a new leap of faith coming into action soon which is about 3 times higher! You can see my pics at http://www.holidaysplease.co.uk/holidays/antigua-… . When you are next there ask Neil or Heli to let you have a go on it. I dare you!

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  3. Helen UK Holidays on said:

    Hey really cool blog you got here. Ziplining is so exciting I want to do it again soon. Hope to see more from you kudos!

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  4. AndyEWilliams on said:

    Unfortunately I don't know of any such tutorials.

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