By Carla Mont, Travel Media Relations Specialist
“I’m pretty nervous.”
Andrea Visscher’s enthusiasm is real, but the half-frozen smile on my adventure companion’s face belies another emotion: trepidation. It’s not hard to determine the source of her hesitation; she’s about to sail along her first zipline of the day, courtesy of Superfly Whistler — a mountain-and-old-growth-forest excursion that stretches over one kilometre, reaching speeds up to 100 kilometres (62 miles) per hour.
Harnessed and clipped, and prepped with thorough safety instruction, she’s ready to go.
ONE, TWO, SQUEEEEEEEEEE…
While she soars into the blue, I’m buckled in, waiting a few solid beats before I follow (safety first!), eager to exercise my lung capacity. It doesn’t take much for my shrieking to start but when I catch my breath, I’m able to fully take in the landscape from every direction: mountains rise from the earth, while a mass of trees populates the valley wilderness below. It’s mind-boggling. If only I’d thought to mount a GoPro to my helmet.
I stick the landing at the end of my run and scan the platform for Andrea. She doesn’t say a word; she doesn’t have to. Her ear-to-ear grin and accompanying giggle says it all.
“It’s longer and taller than I expected,” exclaims Visscher, shaking her head. “Wow. Just wow.”
Wow, indeed. And she’s right about another thing, too: these lines, just north of Whistler, boast impressive stats. With its home base at Cougar Mountain, two of Superfly’s ziplines, suspended 183 metres (600 feet) above the forest floor, lay claim as the longest in Canada at 1.3 kilometres (just under one mile). And since all six of Superfly’s lines stretch between two different mountains (Rainbow and Cougar), a three-hour zip along this rugged BC landscape provides a heart-thumping, bird’s eye view of the greenery below.
Yep. Three hours. Plenty of time to skim treetops and sail over mountain valleys; some lines reach incredible heights while others cruise closer to the ground. We laugh until we’re hoarse, and push ourselves against the wind for one final run. Again, I follow Visscher, but this time, she’s able to make the trek in tandem with her sweetheart, Eric. There’s little doubt when I ask her to name her favourite line at journey’s end.
“The last one, for sure,” smiles Visscher. “We got to hold hands.”
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(Cover photo: Superfly Whistler)