We’ll provide expert safety instruction and all the necessary safety gear, including helmets, gloves, and harnesses. Your guides will carry a liter of water to split throughout the group, but it's very important to hydrate ahead of time during the summer months.
Closed-toed shoes are required. The TreeTops harness has leg loops and shoulder straps, so wear comfortable clothes that you can easily move around in and would be comfortable under a harness. Skirts, dresses, and other loose-fitting clothing may get caught in our rigging and should not be worn for TreeTops. A rain jacket is a good idea if weather dictates. Tightly tie back long hair so it’s out of the way.
During hot summer months, you might want to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a full water bottle that can be safely clipped to your harness. Let your guide know if any specialized medical supplies need to be brought out on course throughout the adventure. We will have a safe spot for car keys, but valuables are best left in your cabin or vehicles.
Trips will start and end at building number 8 on the Mill Creek side of campus. Arriving 15 minutes prior to your trip time for check-in really helps the flow of the trip.
Trips will continue even during periods of heavy rain, but trips will be halted in the case of lightning or heavy sustained winds around our course.
It all depends on the size of your group, but the trip generally takes 2-3 hours. This includes gear-up time, ground school, and a bus ride back to base after completion of the course.
Reservations are strongly encouraged for the TreeTops Canopy Tour. Tours depart morning to evening and run rain or shine, but we’ll temporarily close the course during lightning storms or high winds. If we know in advance that we will be closing TreeTops, we'll try to contact you. If your tour is cancelled, we’ll offer you the option to participate in another activity, rebook for a different day or time, or be issued a rain check.
There is inherent risk in anything you do, and we aim to mitigate any risk involved with ziplining. All TreeTops trips will have two guides - one lead, one sweep who are highly trained in both safety standards and rescues. Before the tour begins, your guides will review the procedures and explain the hazards during a practice, ground-level zip at Ground School. On course, you will be double clipped onto two steel cables, which are capable of supporting more than a ton of weight. TreeTops Zipline Canopy Tour was built by Bonsai Design, the premier zipline design and build company in America.
Onlookers will be able to observe participants at gear-up, ground school, and our first two ziplines. After that, the tour will descend towards inaccessible areas within our hemlock preserve.
Ground school is where participants will learn all the dos and don’ts of our zipline course. Guides will explain steering, braking (yes, you do this yourself), and any safety information to guests during this demonstration. Participants will be required to successfully demonstrate these skills before we begin the first zipline.
Once your tour begins you will be at heights of 30-100 feet for the entirety of the tour. You will be required to perform physical tasks on course while also navigating any mental fears. Our guides are highly trained in helping calm these fears and in most cases, participants are able to successfully complete course.
There will be an option to exit the course after the second beginner zip via our escape zip. This will require no effort on the guests' part besides a short hike out of the forest back to base.