Tell me what to buy, she says. My answer? “Buy a house with two trees in the back yard.”
This is the conversation I had with my sister back in October. She was unaware that if there wasn’t a second tree, that this request might be a little more complicated than following the directions on the box.
I had to come up with a end-point, and found this guy’s post on the internet. Seemed simple enough. Pick a spot, dig a few holes..... Done.
I wanted to run it down hill so the take-off point (like the drawing on the right) wouldn’t be so high of the ground. All we would need to do is build some small platform the size of a pallet. Hell, we could even USE a pallet. for it, since the cable would only be 8' off the ground.
My BIL thought the drop in elevation would be dangerous if a kid fell off on the way down, so we ran it across level ground.
I told him if we didn’t use the natural elevation, that it would raise the take-off height of the cable to at least 12 feet.
Once he decided that would be safer, I told him that we would now need to sink that anchor AND build a treehouse. I started doing some research, and told him that we would schedule some time this spring and knock it out.
The kids got the zipline kit under the tree for Christmas, and have been asking Uncle Mike at least three times every time they saw him when he was going to put it up. :)
So three weeks ago, we started.
This is the point where my BIL looked at me with a concerned look on his face and said “Wow.. That’s really high”
Since the end-point elevation was actually 14" higher than the start-point, the cable had to start at 13'. I think I replied with something like, “Yup, just like the drawing.”
Platform ended up being 7' feet in the air. Made a 6" booster from scrap to help the shorter kids reach the handles.
I understand that when I left on Saturday afternoon to go home, that every kid in the neighborhood played on it that night and (for now) it’s the coolest thing in the world - and that makes the extra effort worth it.
My Sister hosted brunch yesterday, and everyone took a run on it, including my 71 year old mother.
I was hoping to get more people involved in the First Annual Easter Zipline Mimosa Challenge, but I failed. I was the only one to do it, and the challenge went unanswered - leaving me the 2016 Easter Zipline Mimosa Champion
Right now, the tension is loose to keep the speeds down, but as the kids get older, I left plenty of room for height/tension adjustments.