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Go Ape Zip Lines and Treetop Adventure - Washington DC

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Go Ape Zip Lines and Treetop Adventure - Washington DC
Go Ape Zip Lines and Treetop Adventure - Washington DC

Rachel Cooper, Go Ape/Rock Creek Park

Photo © Kathy Wilmot, On Tap Magazine
Go Ape, a treetop forest adventure company, has opened its first location in the U.S. at Rock Creek Regional Park's Lake Needwood in Rockville, Maryland. Spanning a length of more than seven football fields and with obstacles 40 feet above the ground, the Go Ape course features a series of zip lines, Tarzan swings, rope ladders, bridges, swings, and trapezes among the treetops.

In order to participate, you must be at least 10 years old and 4 feet, 7 inches tall. An instructor provides a 30-minute training session and then you are off to swing through the trees at your own pace. There are 5 sections and the course takes 2-3 hours.

My Go Ape Experience

What fun! Go Ape is like a playground for teens and adults. I'll admit, I am a thrill seeker and I love trying new things. I love the outdoors and am not at all afraid of heights. During the training session, you learn how to set up your safety lines and pulleys. It took me a few practice sessions to get the sequence. But the instructors will make sure that you've got it before they set you free. I took the first zip line facing forward and found that when you land you have to run which takes a lot of coordination. So, the next one I tried facing backwards, which was much easier because you can just drag your feet, though you don't know when you are going to hit the ground. I have done some zip lines before, so what made this experience so fun was the variety of obstacles and the length of the course. As you move from one section to the next, the course gets more challenging and you become more confident in your skills. It is really amazing to have an attraction like this in the Washington, DC area. There are 26 courses in the UK, and the Rock Creek Park location is the first one in the US. I hope this really takes off here. It will be interesting to see if they open up all across the country.

See the following photos and get a glimpse of the Go Ape Treetop Adventure.

To book your adventure, visit www.goape.com

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