An obstacle course set up in the trees is right up my alley. But before we were allowed to adventure in the branches, we were given full harnesses and run through a safety talk showing us how to clip and unclip ourselves. There are two safety ropes for everyone. One is locked and one is unlocked the whole time. In order to unlock from one platform or obstacle you must first lock into the next section. This will unlock your other clip, which you then clip next to the locked one. Might sound confusing, but in reality was quite simple. Everyone is always safe and secure, and it took moments to transfer from one obstacle to the next.
Your ticket purchase allows you two hours of climbing and you can choose from five different courses. Doing as many as you can finish in your time span. We managed to make it through four of the five, missing the last one, which was the most difficult. The hours were spent flying, climbing, sliding, crawling, and jumping. Some obstacles were a snap to finish and others took work or getting tips from those in front of you.
We were disappointed we ran out of time to finish the last one, but quite honestly, we were all tired from the other four. The safety crew on duty told us the last one is difficult and would take a significant amount of time to finish. My husband was bummed we didn’t get to it and was tempted to lengthen our trip just for the purpose of coming back to it the next day. That elusive, last course. The most difficult of them all. I wouldn’t be surprised if we went back one day just for that.
Another perk was encountering other families with kids of all ages. We caught up to a family from England with two little ones. Their father was with them and was one of the most patient people I have ever seen. He would slowly talk his kids through each of the obstacles while he took up the rear. It was amazing to watch these small kids and the pride they had in themselves when they finished their course.
This was an exciting, fun-filled, family adventure. One of those experiences where we worked together as a team, encouraged, and helped each other.
I love spending time with my family doing all the wonderful activities in the Inland Northwest.