Yesterday I persuaded Elínborg to join me on a trip with a company called Jungle Flight. The guys at Jungle Fight have set up a zip wire course in the canopy of the jungle in the mountains beyond Chang Mai, similar to the original Flight of the Gibbon. The course consists of 33 platforms with 26 zip wires, 2 sky-bridges, 4 abseils and one spiral stair case. The longest wire is 300 meters long and the highest is 120 meters above the ground.
In the beginning (and the whole day before) Elínborg was terrified of the thought of hanging high up in these wires and the anxiety didn’t lessen when we came on site. The staff was made up of of guys that, already at just after seven in the morning, acted like a heard of calves in the spring – cracking jokes, all laughing and making noise and didn’t seem responsible at all.
After brief instructions we went for the first zip wire and when in business the guys were very careful and responsible – although continually making jokes. Right from the beginning both of us were loving the experience and all fright was out the window. It was so much fun being up in the canopy and sliding over those wires, enjoying the view.
Gradually we learned more tricks and got more frisky and went head first – Superman style, we went together on twin wires, went backwards and without hands. The distances, height and speed varied greatly so sliding on the wire never got old. In between they also had the abseils where a rope is fastened to your back and a guy lowers you down in a Mission Impossible kind of style, down 20 to 40 meters at full speed – a fantastic adrenalin injection.
We had opted for a cheaper option, 22 platforms, but midway through we were offered to upgrade, which we gladly accepted. I don’t think anyone could pass up on that opportunity being midway through the course. We were in a group with two Taiwanese girls that were doing the big circuit and that made the decision even easier.
So we had a great day in the forest and all in all it was a great experience and a lot of fun that I hope can shines through in the photos – we would highly recommend this to anyone that has the chance!