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Extra zip in challenge course

1:25 pm July 11th, 2013

The challenge course at Northwest Trek has gotten zippier.
Sensation, termed by Trek as the pinnacle of the four-course Zip Wild complex, opened in late May. Its thrills are suitable only for the 18-and-up crowd, officials said.
Some of Sensation’s features have participants standing on wooden, tree-mounted platforms several stories above the forest floor. In one case, the only way forward on the course is straight out of a Tarzan movie. The Jane Swing. (think Tarzan and Jane flying through the jungle, vine to vine) involves grabbing a rope, jumping off a platform and swinging about 40 feet to a suspended net.
Speaking of nets, one that’s slanted upward is another of the Sensation attractions. Particpaants must climb it to the next platform.
Participants on all of the courses are attached to a safety line at all times to zip lines and platforms, so while there’s a feeling of danger, there’s also the knowledge of being securely clipped in. Nevertheless, “when people complete Sensation, they will know they’ve had an incredible workout,” said Jennifer Robinson, who manages the courses, which opened about a year ago, for builder and operator Deep Forest Challenge. “We’ve heard that many people wanted something more difficult. This is it.”
The other courses offer exercise, recreation and adventure for participants of varying skill levels and ages, from 6 through adult. Each course is increasingly challenging in complexity and height among the trees.
Zip Wild is open daily from June 15 to Sept. 2.

The Jane Swing, as in Tarzan and Jane swinging through the trees, is part of new attractions at Northwest Trek's Zip Wild challenge course. (Courtesy photo)

The Jane Swing, as in Tarzan and Jane swinging through the trees, is part of new attractions at Northwest Trek’s Zip Wild challenge course. (Courtesy photo)

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