Booking and the customer service were just fine for me. Getting there, we were told that the class was inside and our kids that were watching would be able to have something to do to keep them occupied. Nope. It's outside. Mosquitos, fire ants and Texas heat galore. Egh, what ever. Not comfortable but not a big deal.
From reading about Trapeze Austin, it certainly looked fun. I'm not afraid of heights or anything but I was scared initially about falling face first into the net. Ohh.. you don't have to worry about that. This is for all ages & all abilities, right? You'll soar thru the air like Peter Pan as you're safely hooked to a hard core harness and the person on the ground (holding on to that rope) is paying attention and supporting you. I'm not sure what that harness was supposed to do, but it did nothing for me.
First try, up that rickety ladder, palms sweating from nerves & heat. I grab the bar tight and hop like I was told to. Then at the bottom of the swing... ripped off the due to the momentum and landed face/neck first into the net. Slid 7 feet. Heard a pop in my neck. WTF?? Ok. That was my fault I guess, I wasn't holding on tight enough, or my legs weren't together or any one of the mistakes the girls were yelling at me from the top. One thing is for sure, I shouldn't have hit the net like I did.
Not quitting on the first try and assuming all fault for the first one, I go up that ladder again. More nervous and sweatier palms... I try to go thru all of the steps in my head & I ask for a little direction again just to make sure. I really need to pump myself up this time before I jump. I was having serious second thoughts and told the girls "I don't think I can do this". Nope, not an acceptable answer. Grab the bar, toes over, push back.. push back! Ready, hop. I was NOT ready but I had no choice. I did my best, followed instructions and hopped. Same exact ending. Fell on my neck AGAIN and slid 7 feet. What is that harness supposed to do anyways? My worst fear realized. I took that harness off as fast as I could. I sat, watched and encouraged all the other fliers patiently until the class was over.
That was a few days ago. I am still in serious pain. I'm not going to call them because I know they won't care. I can't sleep at night as I'm thinking about those crashes constantly. I have it all on video but it's too painful to watch right now :(
If you have doubts, DON'T DO IT! Or just expect the worst and pray for the best.
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