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July 13, 2016

Taking An Obstacle Course Skywards…

Filed under: LUXEMBOURG,PHOTOGRAPHY,VIANDEN,Vianden: Tree Climbing Course — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Once we find ourselves together again as a group in the Vianden forest in Luxemburg, Himself now tells me that we are not here by chance but because he saw a brochure about this place in a tourist information folder back in Germany.

He had not mentioned it earlier because he assumed we would not come this far south, and once the weather deteriorated, that the weather would be good enough here to do anything anyway.

When he realised that the weather at the Landal park was not going to let up and that there was fine weather here, he remembered the brochure and set this surprise in motion.

What we see is an amazing array of ropes, cables and wooden platforms in the trees around us. There are flying foxes (zip lines), climbing nets, tunnels, cable walkways, ladders of many varieties and people shrieking and laughing as they negotiate the aerial obstacle courses. The three kids are soon signed up and attending a group session where they learn how the course and their equipment works, the safety procedures and how the general rules. After a practice run we find that they all take to it with various levels of daring. There is also an added element of age related strength and skill, Little Mr would have completed one of the upper levels completely had his legs been long enough to have negotiated the distance between the wooden “steps” in the air.

Our guest was the least confident of the three but with careful coaxing and a little help from instructors and some friendly fellow harnessed competitors, she managed to complete the first level of the course. From what I can make out each level starts at a different height and bit by bit the obstacles at that height get harder and harder. Little Mr completed almost all of the second level, Kiwi Daughter made it around most of the third but said that the added height component made it really scary, and she too had issues with not being tall or strong enough for the last obstacles in the level. There appears to be other levels too, even higher, which we just looked at from afar. There are even additional levels in the trees along the road where I came in, but I learned from the instructor that these were for very advanced visitors. After the training course, and during the rest of the afternoon, the three kids added to the squeals of excitement and peels of laughter, everyone having fun and conquering a few fears as an added bonus. I’ve never seen anything like this obstacle course, what an amazing idea!

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4 Comments »

  1. This looks insanely fun. BTW, haven’t seen your usual presence around my blog lately, come say hi!

    Comment by thatssojacob — July 13, 2016 @ 7:47 pm | Reply

    • thatssojacob,
      Yes! I popped over after your reminder, some days (nay weeks) are hectic with hospital/Dr. appointments etc, other moments I am just not physically up to sitting at the computer at all (then my blog posts go out automatically via the schedule that I have filled with posts on better days).

      Comment by kiwidutch — July 15, 2016 @ 10:01 pm | Reply

  2. Wow, that is quite a place; I have never seen anything like it before! It looks like it would be fun but a bit scary too!

    Comment by Carrie — July 16, 2016 @ 2:30 am | Reply

    • Carrie,
      the kids are secured to the cable by two lines, when they reach a junction they have been taught to release one of the coloured karabiners at a time and attach it to the cable running in the new direction. Once the first karabiner is secure they can then release the second coloured karabiner and attach themselves fully to the cable going in the new direction.

      They are attached to the cable with two karabiners at all times during the walking, swinging, crawling etc parts. They attach the karabiners one by one and reattach only when they are safely on platforms etc. It’s drilled into them at the start when they do the safety course that they must ALWAYS be secured to the cable by one karabiner at all times and to always take them off in the same colour order every time, so it’s really safe.

      Yes, it came as no surprise that as parents we did have to sign a waiver so that if the kids didn’t follow the rules and something happened, then the course company would not be responsible 🙂

      If I could walk properly then I would have LOVED to join them… Himself has a severe issue with heights so nothing on earth would convince him to do any of this. He was happy walking around the bottom shouting out encouragement and taking a few photos for the family album.

      Judging by the crowd on even a “so-so” weather day, this looks to be really, and understandably popular and … anything that gets kids doing physical exercise AND helping with their confidence, physical flexibility and skills…. is a winner in my book.

      They all LOVED it, even little guest who was the most nervous of the three, she struggled to finish the lowest course (it gets harder as it goes along) but with determination and effort she gritted her teeth and did it. She, and we, were really proud of her managing to finish. An excellent idea for a start up business in any area that doesn’t have this…. it would be small gold mine methinks!!!

      Comment by kiwidutch — July 16, 2016 @ 12:57 pm | Reply


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