Rural Missouri - June 2017 - 3
It's the rail thing
IN EVERY ISSUE
Riding rails the unique way
12 'The war on coal is over'
EPA Adminstrator pledges support for coal during Thomas Hill visit
20 One for the record books
April showers bring May outages, cause $9.4 million in damage to lines
22 Cruisin' for community
Cave State Cruisers enjoy camaraderie while helping their neighbors
24 Giving purpose
Maryville facility helps those with disabilities integrate into community
28 Missouri Snapshots
Enter our 7th annual photo contest, sponsored by Missouri State Parks
ABOUT OUR COVER
ince ziplines first made their way to Missouri's treetops in 2009, the high-flying thrill
ride has steadily gained popularity among
tourists and businesses alike as a one-of-akind, family-friendly activity.
What's driving demand? According to Eco
Adventure Ziplines owner Mike Seper, they're fast
fun just about anyone can enjoy regardless of age
"I've helped guests from age 3 to 93 experience
the fun of flying on a zipline, and it's a neat thing
helping people enjoy the beauty of the outdoors,"
Mike says. "People need to have the illusion of
danger for a greater thrill, but they also appreciate
a commitment to safety."
It's been a busy off-season for Seper, who
expanded lines at his New Florence-based zipline
course this year. The new Eco Adventure Ziplines
photos by Zach Smith. To order prints of photos from past issues of Rural Missouri, call 866-962-1191 or visit www.ruralmissouriprints.com.
facility has scheduled a grand opening in June. As
seen on the cover, course guide Sadie Vollman tests
the first run that takes zipliners across 50 acres
and about a mile of cable through the hills near
Last year, Mike's company Zipline Innovations
LLC won third place overall in the Mid-Missouri
Innovation Week pitch contest with the product
ZipVR, pictured at right. The patent-pending
invention blends an advanced braking system
with a 360-degree camera. The camera allows
parents to watch their kids zip through the trees
in virtual reality, and it helps owners make sure
that guests and guides using the course are
following proper safety procedures. Intended for
use at zipline facilities around the world, Mike
hopes to fully implement the ZipVR system at
the Eco Adventure Ziplines course this season.
For more information call Eco Adventure Ziplines
at 314-326-0140 or visit www.ecoadventureziplines.
com. To find a zipline in your area, visit www.
JUNE 2017 | RURALMISSOURI.COOP