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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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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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Island of the Week: St. Croix

A view from Fort Christiansværn, Christiansted, St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands

We took a well earned two day break, but we are back with an all new Island of the week. And this is a big one!

This week we went to St. Croix, the Garden Island. Also known as twin city, St. Croix is the largest of the 3 main US Virgin Islands, but has nearly the same population of the smaller St. Thomas. While only a 20 minute seaplane journey from the territorial capital of Charlotte Amalie, St. Croix is another world. Even the terrain is different than the rest of the Virgins. While St. Thomas and John are rocky, rugged, and of volcanic origin, St. Croix is a coral and sand atoll that is mostly flat. The island has two cities (hence the nickname Twin City). The largest city is the Danish colonial gem of Christiansted. The city is a center of traditional architecture, quaint homes, colonial warehouses, and an imposing fort. It is also home to the Christiansted National Historic Site, a collection of historically significant buildings administered by the National Park Service. The second city on the island is the small Frederiksted. Located on the western end of St. Croix, Frederiksted still retains a small village feel, and has sweeping views of the Caribbean Sea.

At Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve, you can visit the only place that Christopher Columbus set foot in what is now America. He didn’t stay for long however, as he was driven out by the native Carib people. Other points of interest include the Buck Island Reef National Monument’s coral reefs, and the wildlife of the Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge. Even more than it’s natural wonders though, St. Croix is famous for it’s Rum. Two large brands have there distilleries on St. Croix. Cruzan Rum is headquartered, and was founded on the island. Cruzan can be found in nearly every bar in the Virgin Islands. As of January 2012 all Capitan Morgan in the United States is now distilled in St. Croix. Capitan Morgan is now made at a brand new state of the art distillery. Both Cruzan, and Captain Morgan have visitor centers and offer tours.

Danish Scale House, Christiansted, St. Croix, USVI

Many people visit St. Croix by itself, and spend their entire vacation there. St. Croix is often overlooked by visitors to the other Virgin Islands, but it is only a short, and fun, 20 minute seaplane ride away. It makes a great day trip!

For more information on visiting St. Croix visit: http://www.visitusvi.com/

For information on the National Park Service holdings visit their website at: http://www.nps.gov/state/vi/index.htm?program=all

To fly the seaplane to St. Croix from St. Thomas visit: http://www.seaborneairlines.com/

While in St. Thomas come Visit us at Tree Limin’ Extreme! Call for reservations at 340-777-9477 or book now at www.ziplinestthomas.com.

-The TLE Island Hoppers

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Plant of the Week: Soursop

In this installment of plant of the week, we are again checking out a popular fruit here in the Islands. This is the Soursop:

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The soursop is an evergreen tree native to Mexico. It now grows throughout the tropics from the Caribbean and Africa, to Southeast Asia. The tree is adapted only to warm climates, and cannot grow in areas with cold winters.

The soursop is also know as a guanabana, graviola, or a Brazilian paw paw. The last name is a reference to the fact that the soursop is indeed related to the paw paw tree. The tree produces a large fruit that has become a popular edible in the tropics. The fruit is even mentioned in Sri Lankan mythology. The fruit is large, green, and has the appearance of being covered in spines. Inside, the white pulp is edible, and is highly prized for it’s tasty juice. Some say it tastes like a cross between strawberry, pineapple, and citrus.

The soursop is not just prized for it’s flavor though. In virtually all of the areas in which it grows, it is highly sought after as a herbal remedy. The fruit, seeds, and leaves all have a variety of uses in traditional and herbal medicine. There have also been recent scientific studies that have found that certain soursop extracts may have cancer fighting properties.

Soursop is very popular here in the Virgin Islands. They can be found at many fruitstands and markets all around our islands. If you want some adventure with your soursop come see us at Tree Limin’ Extreme. Our ziplines are located in a rainforest with a variety of tropical plants and fruits. We even have soursop! But be sure to call for reservations at 340-777-9477.

Stay Extreme!

-The TLE Garden Club

www.ziplinestthomas.com

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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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Meet the Pinzgauers

We get a lot of questions here at TLE concerning transportation. Our tour begins just below the summit of one of the tallest mountains on the island. But our office, where you begin, is hundreds of feet below. How do you, the guests, get to that first zip?

Meet the Pinzgauer:

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One of our Pinzgauers

Officially known as the Pinzgauer High-Mobility All-Terrain Vehicle (it is easier just to call it a Pinzgauer). This truck can go almost anywhere. It has 6 wheel drive, a capacity of 2.5 tons, and a top speed of 62 miles per hour. These things are awesome.

Designed in Austria and manufactured in The United Kingdom since 1971, they are primarily military transport vehicles widely used in European armies. It is comparable to the U.S. Army Humvee, and although not as fast, it has a greater carrying capacity. It is still in use today by several nations including the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Austria, and several South American Nations.

Tree Limin’ Extreme has two Pinzgauers, formerly used by the Swiss Army. Our trucks were built in the 1970’s and have been refurbished since. Our pair came with storage racks in the rear, and were retrofitted with seats and seat belts.  You will be glad for the addition of seat belts when you catch a glimpse of our hills! So come on out to take a ride in our Pinzgauers, and our zipline. There is no vehicle better suited to our course.

To take a ride in a Pinzgauer, and on a zipline give us a call for reservations at 340-777-9477.

Buckle up and hold on!

-The TLE Off Road Crew

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The passenger area of our Pinzgauer

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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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