Our first zipline/canopy tour experience was at Camelback Mountain/CBK Adentures. We had so much fun on that tour (2 adults, a 15yr old, an 18yr old), we decided to try the one closer to our home at Spring Mountain. Even though Spring Mountain is small, the website proved to show a similar and exciting tour experience. The price seemed (surprisingly) much higher than Camelback, so I was happy to see an online coupon deal. We would not have paid the higher price for the smaller course, but there are a few differences that might be important to some people, especially those with younger children or first timers.
At Camelback/CBK Adventures you are taught for 20-30 minutes how to harness yourself onto the lines and maneuver the course on your own. It's alot of information, but then you practice the basic skills on a mock canopy set up. You learn to double lock yourself in, move through the obstacle, then hook onto the next obstacle before unhooking yourself from the last cable. So....you are always secured at all times. Lots of bits of critical information, but once you practice, you quickly get the hang of it, even the younger kids. The Guides watch as you practice, and the Guides stay on the ground and watch you above as you continue to do the full tour. If you are ever not double hooked, you will get a reminder from a Guide. You are up so high, it's almost second nature to double check that you are locked in correctly. Also, at Camelback, no helmets are required.
At Spring Mountain, please note that THE GUIDES do this harnessing for you every step of the way.......there are two Guides with you at all times during your tour, one to hook you up, and one to unhook you as you move through the course. Helmets are also required (and provided). My son did the Full Monty tour with a friend who had never done a tour before. For my son (15).......this felt like a step down since he was used to handling his own harness. He was also not so thrilled about wearing a helmet after being able to do the tour without one at Camelback. His friend, however, loved it from beginning to end, since it was all new to him. They both still had a great time........over 2 hours in the tree tops on a beautiful day with lot's of ziplines. My son said the tour was still challenging.......there were some obstacles that were different than Camelback. Given the choice, he would love to return to Camelback. But since Spring Mountain is literally 3 miles from our home, I'd love for him to enjoy this event again, but having the Guides do the work seems to disinterest him and take away some of the experience and fun.
If you live close, have smaller children, are trying this for the first time or feel really unsure about handling the harness locks on your own (it's not difficult, but it is critical that it is done correctly), then Spring Mountain will provide a unique experience and you can leave the safety issues to the Guides. The regular price might reflect the fact that there are 2 Guides with your group at all times. If you have done other canopy tours, then I think you will be disappointed at Spring Mountain if you are looking for the same experience. All in all, ziplining through the mountain tops is always fun.
Final Note: We visited Spring Mountain in October, during their "off season". Nothing was open except for the zipline/canopy tours.........so, no restaurant, no food, everything was closed down. As a parent who hung around until the tour was over, I brought a book to read and found an empty table to sit at. I was surprised (but grateful) to find the bathroom had a roll of papertowels, one working faucet, and an overflowing trashcan. Remember...this was their off-season. I have been there in the winter during snowboard/ski season when the place is rocking, music blaring, tons of kids, fireplaces roaring and lots of energy in the air. Don't expect that in the summer/fall months. Still, we love Spring Mountain in our backyard.
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