visited the trees adventure in Beglrave Melbourne with my daughter and cousin .
it was recommended by by niece
beautiful drive right next to another attraction the puffing billy, adequate parking.
i was a bit nervous as i am 58 years old with cervical spondylosis ,afraid of heights,not into regular exercise, not particularly fit and have never attempted anything of this sort before,
in addition it was raining!!!
we were running a bit late and arrived past the allotted time but the instructor was kind enough to give us the extra time-,probably because it was not crowded and we were in the 3 pm slot which is the last slot.
the slots are all 2 hours duration
there are fours levels in on order of the difficulty of the challenge-green for the kids,blue (short and long),red and black (short and long).
the blue being the easiest for the adults --i opted for this,
my daughter decided to join me on this knowing that i was extremely nervous.
my young ,fit and adventourous cousin chose the red level and short black
you need to pass the red challenge before you attempt the black
the differences between the long and short courses is not much in terms of challenges--just the lenght of time..so which if you are fit and adventourous you would do the short red to qualify to do the black.
.i think the long black takes almost 2 hours-- so i am not sure if you have completed a red challenge earlier on a previous visit you could straight away do the long black in order to save time as the slots are all 2 hour slots.
we were fitted in with all the safety equipment and given a short course on using the locks and basic idea of what was to come.--then we were pretty much left on our own!!
it takes a fair bit of practice to get use of the system of locking and unlocking but once you get the hang of it it is okay.
i manged to complete the blue course with much encouragement from my daughter!
took us about an hour to do it---a lot of the time was spent high up in the trees scanning the 2 platforms wondering if i could do it!!!
there are about 5-6 challenges in the blue level
i am glad i did it as i never imagined myself doing this.
i discovered inner strenhgts within myself to overcome my fear of heights..
i had only previously seen such things in reality shows in tv!!
the beauty,layout and quietness of the place --wonderful!
i would think that you would need some amount of mobility in your joints as certain challenges required you to balance only on cables/pieces of wood causing a twisting movements in the spine.
more than that,you need upper body strenght, as towards the end of a line you needed to pull yourself up to get to the other end of the platform .
i personnaly found the skateboard challenge the most difficult as the legs/skateboard would move freely forward leaving the rest of the body and arms behind clinging for dear life!!
though we felt safe at all times i wish that there were more guides or instructors walking around to help/encourage people like me.
there were many times when i was high up there, looking ahead at the space between my platform and the other side,wondering what on earth made me do this and wishing i could get down or be "rescued" as is the term used.
there was no way i could just unharness myself and climb down the tree as there were no steps down.
maybe the embarresment of being the only person to be 'rescued"from the easiest challenge pushed me on!
as you look across the space between 2 platforms, the fear of getting stuck inbetween so high or dangling from a harness was so real
.i did not see any guides walking around and i presume you were meant to shout out loud if you were stuck!!!
overall a wonderful experience. good trip for the youngsters.
For people like me---worth a try--gives you a sense of empowerment and accomplishment that you did it!
maybe it would be better to book the last slots and weekdays( when its not so busy) so that you can take your time to attempt the challenges.
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