Stuck!

Recovery operation

Recovery operation

Date

16 February 2014
Location

Zip World, Penrhyn Quarry

SH 62375 65690; 53.17046°N, 4.06037°W

Information

Zip World

 

Left dangling on the final approach to the Big Zipper landing stage.

Left dangling on the final approach to the Big Zipper landing stage.

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7 thoughts on “Stuck!

  1. Crazy! I wonder how it happened. I’d be hoping there wasn’t another one coming along…ouch! A bit of a “scoop”, Graham..or is it a common occurrence?

    • The final stretch of the zip line is uphill in order to provide a gentle deceleration when coming to the end of the line. Apparently extra weights are added to light ‘flyers’ to ensure they go fast enough to reach the end, and a little canopy is added to heavy flyers to control their speed. I gather it is a fairly fine balance. Putting your arms out can increase the drag too much, as can a head wind. As far as I know, it is not common, but is not unknown. From watching their operations, it seems the top station waits for the all clear on the radio from the bottom station before dispatching another one down the line.

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