My husband and I took our two young adults and their two friends to St. John, New Brunswick, as part of our vacation (we are from Pennsylvania). We reserved our spot the day before so the prediction for weather was quite clear to the staff/owners. Weather called from isolated rain/storms in the area. We arrived on time, and were placed with another group of 5 people -- 9 in all (my husband and I did not participate). Quite honestly, to have 9 people in the group is a lot. There is a significant amount of time just standing around waiting for the next person to zip line across. Boring when it's not your turn.
There was never a question about their safety during the first 2 of the 5 zip lines, as the staff methodically proceeded with each participant, carefully assuring their safety. However, when the storm started to rear its ugly head, the staff stepped up the pace when they approached the 3rd line. Safety was still a concern, but the staff moved quicker.
By the time the group got to the last of the 5 zip lines, the wind kicked up, the storm was directly over head and lightening was all around us. Ironically, the sky was clear directly behind us. The first group got across just fine....but as our group was starting across, the storm got worse. Hail, harsh heavy rain, lightening, wind! As two of my four were coming across, the wind started to hold them back, and they slowed to a stop -- while still over the water! The staff threw a line across the zip line for them to catch -- one of my girls was able to grab it right away, but the second time it happened, my daughter dangled there, reaching and struggling in the wind and rain to grab it. By the time my last girl came across, the hail was hitting hard, winds, and rain were soaking us completely. Yes, they all made it across, but the fear was immense. We then had to run up the side of this hill back to the check in point -- and keep in mind that my children were weighted down with the harnesses and clips.
The staff, at all times, were very concerned about the safety of all participants. They worked swiftly and efficiently. However, and here's the BIG issue: with the exception of the first and the last of all the towers associated with the event, there was no ability to come down from the towers, except to zip line to the next tower. No stairs, steps, ladder available. To watch my children zip line across that body of water in the wind, rain, hail, lightening was the most frightening experience I have ever ever encountered!
My advice: check the weather! And steer clear of this adventure at this location should any rain/storms be present.
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