The longest and fastest zip rider in the world is in Icy Strait Point in Alaska. The port is accessible by cruise ship and you have to tender to the port. I wanted my teen children to do it while I waited in port, but they were not allowed to go alone as you need to sign waivers, so I needed to accompany them. I was not the only mother accompanying a teen child. I don't know what the minimum age is. The zip rider adventure begins with a 45 min school bus ride up the mountain, partly bumpy dirt road, with scenic views. Our driver was a native Tlingkit and gave us a commentary about the community and nature. You are dropped off at a landing area and then walk down a rather steep gravel path the width of a one-lane road about 5 minutes to the zip-line. There are porta-potties at the landing site for use prior to the ride. The zip rider allows 6 passengers at a time, no helmets but safely strapped into a nylon chair. You need to be fit enough to walk down the path and also hold your weight up against the door of the zip-line at a 90degree angle. It is not for the faint of heart. I had my SLR camera with me and they said I could take pictures on the way down - I thought they were crazy - but I did take pictures on the way down! They release you with a one-two-three, the gate opens and away you go. It is a thrilling fantastic ride, smooth and scenic and quite a thrill,approximately 90 seconds down. The stop is somewhat abrupt, but the adrenalin is pumping and you hardly notice it. I would have done it again, if I had the time. The price is a bit steep, but it is a once in a lifetime experience and totally worth it.
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