Ziplining

What is Ziplining, and where Did it Come From?

Here at Tree Limin’ Extreme ziplining is what we do. So we sometimes forget that some people aren’t as familiar with the concept as we are. We often get questions concerning what ziplining is and about where it came from. Maybe we can answer those questions today.

Ziplining has been around for a very long time. While historians say it was first done in the Himalayan region of modern day India, some believe that several ancient cultures in South America were actually the first to zipline. It was originally used to travel across rough terrain, and to access remote villages. The equipment was rudimentary, using a natural fiber rope and homemade harness. For many years ziplining simply remained a transport mode for the remote and wild areas of the world, but in 17th century England, ziplining first used for fun and entertainment. Steeplejacks, the high climbing people that maintained church spires, devised a quick way for them to reach the ground at the end of a long day. They would slide down a long angled line instead of climbing down. Some steeplejacks noticed that a crowd would often gather to watch this feat, and so a few of them started performing their antics for large crowds all over England.

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Steeplejacks hard at work.

These were very primitive forms of early ziplining though, so modern ziplining can trace its roots back to the golden age of mountaineering. In the early 1900’s mountaineering was becoming popular as equipment and training was improved. During this time many of the climbing techniques still used today were developed. One technique is called the Tyrolean traverse, named after the Austrian mountain range where it was invented. The Tyrolean traverse features a rope strung between two points, and a pulley is applied then attached to the climber. The climber then had to pull themselves across as the line is level. They were used to cross crevasses, chasms, and canyons. At some point, it was noticed that if one end of the line was elevated then one could simply slide, or zip, across.

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A Tyrolean Traverse

In the 1970’s and 80’s many scientists were performing expeditions into the unexplored jungles of Central and South America. These scientists used many climbing and mountaineering techniques in order to travel through the tough terrain. A group of biologists studying the rainforest canopy in Costa Rica, grew tired of having to climb up into, and then down from the canopy on every different tree. They decided to connect several trees with inclined Tyrolean traverses to make their research more efficient. After the 1992 film Medicine Man, starring Sean Connery was released, many people began to see opportunities for ziplines outside of transportation and research.

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Poster for the movie Medicine Man

Today, ziplining is one of the fastest growing forms of eco-tourism in the world. Just the United States alone has over 200 ziplines. They are now one of the most popular adventures for vacationers, and locals alike around the world. The cruise industry, especially, has helped ziplining, as it is the most asked for shore excursion on many cruise lines. Modern ziplining has little in common with its historical counterparts though. Modern ziplines are marvels of precise engineering, and immense safety. Long gone are the days of natural ropes and homemade equipment. Steel wires and specially made pulleys and harnesses are now the norm.

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Our modern zipline here at Tree Limin’ Extreme

So if you are looking for a bit of adventure on you next vacation, or close to home, be sure to look up the nearest zipline for some good times. If you find yourself in St. Thomas be sure to look us up at Tree Limin’ Extreme, as we offer the first and only zipline adventure in the Virgin Islands.

For more information visit our website at www.ziplinestthomas.com

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What do you think?

We want to know what you guys would like to read here on the blog. We have some cool posts in the works about travel, surfing, climbing, and exploring. But what do you want? Is there an island you want to know more about? Perhaps and extreme sport you want us to feature? It’s all about you! Our guides and friends are a really talented bunch of folks and the possibilities are endless. So let us know in the comments what you would like to read about, and we will try to get right on it.

Remember to Stay Extreme!

-The TLE Crew

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Trip Advisor

We now have an active Trip Advisor page! If you have visited us in the past, we would greatly appreciate a review! Let others know how we did!

Visit our page at: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g147404-d3384235-Reviews-Tree_Limin_Extreme_Zipline-St_Thomas_U_S_Virgin_Islands.html

Thanks!

-The TLE Crew

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Magens Bay from the Landing of Zip 5

Magens Bay from the Landing of Zip 5

This was such a good photo, we just had to share. Thanks to our guest John P. De Jongh III for this amazing picture. We love pictures (and videos) from our guests! Send them to info@ziplinestthomas.com and you may see them on one of our pages!

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Tree Limin’!

Yet another amazing video shot by our guests. If you have pictures or a video taken here at TLE and want to share, be sure to post them on our Facebook (and like us too), or send them to info@ziplinestthomas.com. Keep ’em coming, we love it!

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Tree Limin Extreme

Awesome video shot here at Tree Limin’ Extreme by some of our guests. Very cool!

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Twitter!

We have a twitter! You can tweet us, and see our dispatches from the course (and around the islands) on twitter @TreeLiminXtreme. We will be posting pictures of tours, and news from the course.

While we are at it check out our Facebook page too. Go to:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tree-Limin-Extreme-Zipline-St-Thomas/382509495136163

Stay Extreme!

-TLE

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Whats in a Name?

We get a lot of questions about our name. Admittedly if you haven’t spent much time in the caribbean, you have probably never heard of “Limin'” before. Lets change that.

It is a caribbean word popular throughout the West Indies, as many of the islands are a melting pot of cultures from around the world.

It is unique to the caribbean culture. The best definition seems to be “hanging out.” “We be limin'” is heard often around the islands. But it isn’t just about hanging out. Limin’ is an experience. It is sharing stories, food, music, and dance. Limin’ is an important part of the culture.

The name Tree Limin’ Extreme describes us perfectly. You ascend our platforms and find yourself in the canopy of the jungle, in the trees. The limin’ starts as soon as you arrive, and continues throughout the tour. Our guides come from all over the world. They have incredible stories, they sing regge, and know all of the coolest spots on the island. You will find yourself on top of our platforms, soaking in the amazing view. You will get to meet and talk to the other guests, and hear their stories. This is the true definition of limin’. The extreme, well thats self explanatory. As you fly through the jungle you will know what extreme is. The tour gives you the ultimate caribbean experience. A perfect mixture of limin’ and extremeing.

So come on out and experience all three parts of our name.

For reservations or questions call 340-777-9477 or check out our website at http://www.ziplinestthomas.com

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Welcome to the Blog of the Ultimate Zip Trip!

Welcome to the blog of Tree Limin’ Extreme, home of the Virgin Islands first zipline adventure! It is a very exciting time as we are now open for business! Call the office for reservations at 340-777-9477, or visit our website at http://www.ziplinestthomas.com. If you are on island we are located across from the St. Peter Great House on St. Peter Mountain Road, but remember that reservations are required.

Be sure to check out this blog routinely for all the new happenings here at Tree Limin’ Extreme. But this won’t be only about zip lining, thats for sure. We will be covering all that our islands have to offer, with a special focus on adventure, nature, culture, and extreme sports. You will also be able to meet, and learn more about, our amazing guides.

You can bet if it is extreme and in the islands, you can see it here. Thanks for visiting, and stay extreme. It’s da island ting!

-The Tree Limin’ Extreme Crew

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