Zip World

Preparations at the launch platform.  Top of the Big Zipper, 432m above sea level, 219m above and 1560m away from the landing platform.

Preparations at the launch platform. Top of the Big Zipper, 432m above sea level, 219m above and 1560m away from the landing platform.

Date

16 November 2013
Location

Penrhyn Quarry, Bethesda

SH 62111 64337; 53.15824°N, 4.06373°W
(top of the Big Zipper)

Information

Zip World;
Penrhyn Quarry

 

Coming in to land at the end of the 450m-long Little Zipper

Coming in to land at the end of the 450m-long Little Zipper

Quarry-tour transport

Quarry-tour transport

Mustering at the viewpoint

Mustering at the viewpoint at the top of the Big Zipper

Proceeding onto the launch platform

Proceeding onto the launch platform of the longest zip wire in the northern hemisphere

Zip line cable.  The breaking strength of the cable is 27.7t and it operates under a tension of 7.5t.

Zip line cable. The breaking strength of the cable is 27.7t and it operates under a tension of 7.5t.

Cable anchor chain

Cable anchor chain

Penrhyn Quarry processing mill in the distance

Penrhyn Quarry processing mill in the distance

Contemplating the descent

Contemplating the descent

Looking down on the flooded quarry pit

Looking down on the flooded quarry pit

Zip line cable trolley

Zip line cable trolley

Zip line cable trolley

Zip line cable trolley

The view down over the lake

The view down over the lake

Final point of instruction

Final point of instruction

Release...

Release…

Descent

Starting the descent

Descent

Descent

Heading to the flooded quarry pit

Heading to the flooded quarry pit

Over the quarry pit

Over the quarry pit

View of Bethesda from top of the Big Zipper

View of Bethesda from the top of the Big Zipper

View of Penrhyn Quarry slate processing plant from the top of the Big Zipper

View of Penrhyn Quarry slate processing plant from the top of the Big Zipper

View of Penrhyn Quarry slate processing plant from the top of the Big Zipper

View of Penrhyn Quarry slate processing plant from the top of the Big Zipper

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8 thoughts on “Zip World

  1. A very exciting set of photographs! Is that the Sebastopol Water Balance I can see in the last shot? I was curious as to the type of truck used for transport…you’ve solved that for me now 🙂 Looks like you found much to focus your lens on, but it can’t have been easy to get such good shots.

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