Georgia Magazine - July 2013 - (Page 40)

The Chattahoochee River between Columbus, Ga., and Phenix City, Ala., in West Georgia can be challenging for kayakers. HISTORIC BANNING MILLS GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT The challenge course at Historic Banning Mills in West Georgia includes fast and long zip lines. Adventurous sporting in Georgia From wild water to wild rides BY JANE GARVEY S liding on a rope line through treetops at breakneck speed. Soaring like an eagle on a sling-shaped glider. Bouncing along a rockinfested river in a rubber raft with a team of paddlers or by oneself in a kayak. Investigating the depths of a cave. What do all these activities have in common? “Make one mistake,” says Atlanta massage therapist and paddleboarding enthusiast Tanya Fry, “and the consequences could be …,” her voice trails off, leaving the listener to fill in the gaps. That risk partly explains the appeal of adventurous sports for anyone seeking an adrenalin rush. Yet, when professionally operated, the risk of injury or worse reduces substantially. Still, most extreme activities are for adults or at least mid-teen adolescents, not children. While some adventurous activities aren’t available in Georgia, such as climbing ice walls, others are. Let’s have a look: On land Zip lines and challenge courses At Historic Banning Mills in Carroll County, a thick canopy of leaves and branches almost obscures the lines running through them. A highpitched whine signals the passage of a zip-line rider zooming along at up to 60 miles per hour. Owner Michael Holder, a former Army Ranger, designed the course, which corporations often use for 40 AMY WARD AMY WARD Lost Wall on Pigeon Mountain in Walker County is ideal for rock climbing. team building. But individual Georgia Girl Guides’ clients explore Sitton’s Cave in visitors also make appoint- Cloudland Canyon State Park in Northwest Georgia. ments. At more than 47,000 linear feet, the Screaming Eagle Zip roped, braced and gusseted to make Line Canopy Tour is the longest, con- the experience as safe as possible. tinuous zip line tour in the world, “Safety is our first concern,” says according to the “Guinness Book of Holder’s wife, Donna. World Records,” Holder says. But there’s more: Historic BanThe new Amazing Flight of the ning Mills calls this collection of chalFalcon, at 3,400 feet, is one of the lon- lenges the Aerial Adventure Challenge gest single lines in the mainland U.S. Park. Here, you can climb the World’s Zip-line riders are helmeted, Tallest Freestanding Wall at 140 feet More online at GEORGIA MAGAZINE

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Magazine - July 2013

Georgia Magazine - July 2013
Liberty Notes
Picture This?
Georgia News
Calendar of Events
Georgia’s Energy Outlook
Fly-in or Drive-In
“Air Fare America”
Wood Basket of the World
Link to Video on Georgia’s Tree Industry
Lighten Up!
Control What You Consume
Around Georgia
Enhancing your adventure
My Georgia
Georgia Gardens
More Snapshot photos
Plant of the month
July’s online trivia contest
Georgia Grown spotlight

Georgia Magazine - July 2013