As part of my Alaska Cruise (see timeline video), we anchored at the Icy Strait Point. This was our first of the three stops during the seven-day cruise.
The Icy Strait Point is known for, among other interesting sights and sounds, whale watching, kayaking and nature tours.
But the Icy Strait Point is also famous for its zipline. It is considered the ‘largest’ zipline in the world, with the status coming from the fact it is the only one with six seats in its single row.
I wanted to enjoy a ride.
Ride to the Mountain
After dropping off my backpack in the locker at the office, we boarded a bus that took about 40 minutes to take us just over 1500 feet above sea level. From there, it was about a ten-minute walk and then there it was.
Every few minutes the zipline would leave from its base like a bullet leaving the barrel and whiz through the harness with a squeashing sound.
Then I sat. While safely and comfortable seated, I held my cellphone camera set up on a mini-tripod.
Holding the Camera
And then the gates were open and I sped through. It was scary as the zipliner sped through at about 100 km/h, roughly 100 metres above the rainforest. The worst thing was when the heavy wind turned me sideways and it appeared that I was stalling.
I still held to my camera but did not forget the enjoy the scary thrill. Around me, some of the fellow passengers had a blast, screaming with happiness.
The whole ride lasted about a minute and I was down on the ground, ready to tell the story to all those who will listen.