Saturday, July 20

Treetop Trekking: What to Expect and Discount

Intermediate course at Treetop Trekking Huntsville
As you saw in my previous post, Jim and I, along with our friends Jeff and Monica, recently spent an exhilarating few hours Treetop Trekking in Huntsville. We all agreed it was an experience worth sharing, so if you want more thrilling-but-safe adventure in your life, this is for you.

Here's what to expect:

We made a reservation for a date and time. We wore comfortable clothing and close-toed shoes; plus we packed water bottles, granola bars, sunscreen, bug spray and cameras in a bag. Upon arrival, we took care of waivers and payment then kitted up into harnesses and helmets (supplied and included in the rate). Our guide checked the fit then led us to the course. It's a short walk, less than 10 minutes, from the office to the action.

Orientation course. Nice and low to the ground!
We started with an orientation lesson where we learned the safety rules and use of the carabiners and pulleys. We had to walk across a low-hung cable and demonstrate a "trust fall", aka put all our weight on our harness and straighten back up, and do a short, low-hung zip line.

Beginner course.
After that we were allowed on the beginner games (aka courses) and then could advance to the intermediate and finally the most challenging ones. There are guides stationed throughout the course, both on the ground and on some of the platforms. They directed us to the appropriate courses (easy first), made sure we were using proper safety procedures, and also helped talk us through some of the more challenging traverses.

I have to say the guides and staff were wonderful! The customer service was excellent. The guides were engaged and taking the initiative to make sure we were enjoying our time. The lead guide even identified some of the flora and fauna for us while we were waiting our turn to climb a ladder.

Guided through the big zip line course.

And for the Firefly zip line course, a series of seven progressively longer zip lines, one of the guides, Mike, led me through the whole thing, giving me the confidence I needed to actually go through with it (I have a tendency to freeze when scared. See what I mean here).

We had a total of three hours, including the half-hour or so spent on orientation, to work our way through the course, doing as much or as little as we felt comfortable doing. If you're fast, you can do some games twice!

There's a central "base camp" amid the course with some benches and rocks where we could leave our bags while we played. Things to bring: water, light snacks, sunscreen and bug spray. And cameras! You'll want to get pictures!

Jeff and Jim on the Tarzan Swing
The finale for us was the Tarzan Swing. Even after traipsing through the treetops, I had considerable trouble letting go of the anchor cable when it was time for me to slide off that platform. I was so glad when I finally did. It was worth the admission for that alone!

Speaking of admission...

Get 15% off the regular rate at Treetop Trekking Huntsville when you stay at Fern Glen Inn!

When you book your stay with us, we'll give you a promo code to use when you reserve your adventure at Treetop Trekking Huntsville

Your Fern Glen Inn promo code will get you a 15% Discount off the regular rate at the Huntsville course. All other Treetop Trekking policies apply.

See more videos from our Treetop Trekking Adventure here.

Call or email me (Jackie) at Fern Glen Inn for more information. You can also check room availability or book online.

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