Doing research before an excursion is always wise, especially if the activity you’ll be engaging in is an activity you haven’t previously experienced. When it comes to zip lining, it is always important to read up to come prepared for your adventure. In today’s blog, Empower Adventures covers the equipment and common terminology our staff uses on our zip-lining course. You’ll be in the know before you even go! Related Post: The Health Benefits Of Breaking Out Of Your Routine The Most Important Zip Lining Terminology to Know Aerial Platform All zip liners start and end their journey on an aerial platform. This is simply the tall, suspended platform you climb up to and then zip down to. All platforms will have a guide to assist with your aerial adventure from beginning to end. If you need assistance with any of your equipment, our staff is here to help! Aerial Runway The aerial runway is the actual zip line itself that connects the two platforms. Usually, this is made of stainless steel, and you connect to it through a pulley suspended by a cable. Zip Lining Equipment: \tPulleys: A small pulley set is linked to a carabiner and then to the aerial runway. This setup allows a zip liner to move down the runway to the other aerial platform. \tCarabiners: The carabiner is a hook used to link your harness and pulleys to the aerial runway. A carabiner is made of metal, has a spring-hinged side, and has a clip-on effect very similar to that of mountain climbing equipment. \tHarnesses: A set of straps used to keep you in one position and direction as you travel down the line. The most common position is forward-facing. \tHelmet: Our recommended head covering to protect you should, at any point, your head make contact with another piece of equipment. Related Post: Empower Adventures: Zip Line Vs. Tyrolean Traverse Start Your Adventure at Empower Adventures Today! Here at Empower Adventures, we work to create an atmosphere of fun and adventure, and we let Mother Nature do the rest. Part of that is making sure you are informed before engaging in your zip-lining fun. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact us online or call 813-448-5635 for more details. We look forward to meeting you!