Klamath Falls, Ore. — The Crater Lake Zipline is a rush. “Yes, I was scared. The free falls, the rappels, are especially exciting – you’re just stepping off into thin air,” said zipliner Hiram Kinney.
Specially trained rangers provide safety lessons to help ease those fears. Ranger Daniel Winn said, “This is a dangerous sport. It does have some risk involved with it.”
There’s also been a bit of a “fear factor” for owner Darren Roe in opening the Zipline. He said, “Well of course there is. We have a lot hanging out here on the line with this.”
The property originally served as a ski resort more than 30 years ago. Owner Jenifer Roe said, “This used to be Tomahawk Ski Bowl – and so it has a life, it has a history of recreation. In 1984 it closed.”
The owners would like to know more about that history. “We are hoping some folks will come out and share their stories, and maybe share their photos and memories of what they did here when it was a ski hill,” said Jennifer.
Nine ziplines take visitors on a flight through about a mile-and-a-half of tree canopy 90 feet above those former ski runs.
The trip includes two sky bridges, and two controlled descent rappels. The experts recommend participants dress as though you were preparing for a hike in the woods.
Ranger Daniel Winn said, “It would be best to wear like, jeans and a t-shirt. If you want to, you can wear a tank top, but jeans and a t-shirt are best – shorts are okay, but mid-thigh at least – just so you can be comfortably in the harness at all times.”
Zipline tours start at $95 per-person and it takes about 3 hours to complete the course.
For most, the initial fears give way to excitement. “I started out, I was terrified. And the guides were great, they help you overcome your fears – and before you know it, you’re wanting to get back up there,” said zipline veteran Holly Dillemuth. “It really gives you an opportunity to overcome any fears you have about heights, and that type of thing.”
Crater Lake Zipline is located about a one hour drive east of Medford, and about a half hour drive west of Klamath Falls, and about a half hour from Crater Lake on Highway 140.
You can find out more at http://www.craterlakezipline.com