GorgeGlide Cullinan – The Xtreme Zipline Guys – Pretoria Zipline
GorgeGlide Cullinan, the new chapter in Zipline Adventures in South Africa & Pretoria Zipline.
So you noticed the “Xtreme Zipline” boldly plastered over our logo and wondered what that’s all about? Lets explain.
When we started out doing research for GorgeGlide Cullinan we went on as many zipline tours and canopy tours as possible. I quickly realised there are some prominent questions that comes out of every group and that every guide hears pretty early on in the expedition: “When are we getting to the long slide?” “How long is that long slide?”
That made us sit back and think: what if we made all our slides really long? Then our clients wouldn’t have to ask and look forward to one or two slides in a tour consisting of 10 or 12 slides, they could simply enjoy all of them! On closer inspection we found that most of the zip-line tours or canopy tours you can do in South Africa typically have one long slide in a tour and then a large number of short and sometimes even very short slides. The long slides typically average between 120m and 160m. We decided to make even our shortest slide much longer than that…
What we came up with in the end is a Zip-line tour consisting of 4 slides where our shortest slide, namely Granny, is 265m long. Granny is a lot shorter than Skidmarks and Horseshoe that both weigh in at 330m each. That leaves only one slide and we came up with the name “Superman”. Superman is a 570m monster of a slide. Very importantly, this Zipslide is built in a North-South direction that also just so happens to be the direction of the prevailing wind in the Gorge. End result: A really long, really fast zip-slide.
So you might be concerned about the Xtreme part, because normally Xtreme, especially when you talk about outdoor activities, means big risk. Not in this case. We carefully analysed zipslides and all the other zipline tours on offer and quickly realied the only really dangerous aspect of zipslides is the stopping bit. Most operators expect clients to stop themselves using a leather glove dragged on the cable to bring themselves to a halt. That poses some problems: if you grab to tight with your hand your shoulder gets dislocated. If you start stopping to soon you end up having to climb up the cable to the end. If you don’t stop fast enough, you hit the rock or tree or whatever marks the end of the slide, really hard. Short conclusion: major risk for injury when you use this system. And a major problem for people that dont have a lot of upper body strength.
We invested in mechanical stopping systems, which will bring you to a gradual and gentle stop on our slides, every time, 100% of the time. No risk for injury, no risk of stopping short. All you have to do is hang on to the nifty handles we put on our trolleys and enjoy the ride at Pretoria Zipline!