My first experience ziplining scarred me—literally. When I was just a wee lad, our boy scout troop wrapped an old rope around a pine tree roughly 20 feet above the ground. As my fellow scouts pulled the rope tight, I held onto a stick I considered strong enough to hold my weight. I was wrong… As I whizzed down the rope, the stick snapped in half and my 12-year old body went plummeting to the ground with a resounding thud. The dust cleared and I made a mental note to never do that again.
Until last Sunday. Thanks to the amazing staff at TimberLine Adventures in Coeur d’Alene, our entire MTN Talk crew were given the chance to experience something truly unforgettable.
The ziplining experience begins at their downtown office where you sign a waver, strap into your full-body harness, and meet some super friendly tour guides. Mo and Noah, both seasoned zippers and fellow locals, suited us up for the day. As I readjusted my lower straps to allow bloodflow to my nether regions, a group of us pilled into a van and made our way to Beauty Bay on the north end of Lake Coeur d’Alene.
After a 10-minute drive, we transferred from the van to an off-road vehicle Mo aptly calls a “Yama-bobber.” Whatever it is, Jack sure knows how to drive that bad boy up a dirt road. Once we came to the top of the ridge line, our group offloaded and started zipping after a quick safety briefing.
This was an experience to behold. Even the first few, which are smaller than the last three, are a real hoot.
There’s no mystery about ziplining with this experienced crew. To zip from one platform to the next, Mo and Noah instructed us every step of the way. This was a perfect way to just kick back and wiz through the beautiful pines of North Idaho. This 75 acre property offers stunning views of Beauty Bay, and this time of year is even more impressive with the fall colors splashing the forest floor.
We made our way from one zipline to the next, each one longer and faster than the last. Timberline’s sprawling property also includes several shaky sky bridges. This slower method of travel gives you the chance to take in your surroundings like a big glass of nature.
The real test of courage come in the form of the final three zip lines. We all put on our big girl/boy pants and strapped into the largest lines of the day. The last one was a staggering 1/4 mile long, and we reached speeds of up to 45 mph!
The last zipline was an experience I will never forget. I screamed like a little girl, but it was the sound of excitement, not fear… If you’d like to see my raw reaction for yourself, you can find the video on our Facebook page.
Looking back on the day of zipping, I can’t help but feel lucky to experience something so breathtaking and different. I recommend it to the entire family, young and old. There are a few age and weight requirements, so take a peek at them if you have any questions. From a reviewers standpoint, I gladly award this place an 8.8. Here’s how I made it to that number:
Affordability—7.5 ($99 per person, w/ seasonal specials)
Staff—10 (no joke)
On behalf of MTN Talk, I would like to thank everyone at Timberline Adventures for giving us so much to talk about. Some experiences in life stick with you. Ones that trigger an emotion when looking back at them. In my opinion, zipping with Timberline Adventures is one of them.