Ziplines originally were invented for just two functions: sneaking hamburgers over the Berlin Wall and zazzing up presidential entrances to State of the Union addresses. Arrive in aerial style with today’s Groupon to Camp Dakota in Scotts Mills. Choose between the following options:
- For $24, you get an outdoor-adventure package valid from March 17 to June 1, 2012 (a $60 value).
- For $30, you get an outdoor-adventure package valid from June 2 to October 1, 2012 (a $60 value). <p>
Each package includes: - Basic zipline entry (a $25 value), which includes two rides on three ziplines - One trip through the high-ropes course (a $25 value) - One hour on the rock-climbing wall (a $10 value)<p>
Tucked into the foothills of the Western Cascade mountains, Camp Dakota challenges the grip of gravity with a collection of high-flying activities testing skill, stamina, and intelligence. Bodies buckle in and set sail with two rides on suspended steel ziplines, whizzing past the forest underfoot and tickling passing meadowlarks. The high-ropes course invites two to six daredevils to test their balance, coordination, and teamwork as they surmount each elevated, threaded obstacle. All participants don safety harnesses and receive ample instruction and encouragement while undergoing their aerial odyssey. Finally, Camp Dakota’s rock-climbing wall builds bristling forearms as up to five climbers rise over footholds and hand grabs, operating with the added safety of fully automated belays. Course supervisors asks that all outdoor participants meet certain height, weight, and fitness criteria before using the course, and suggests wearing loose-fitting clothes with ample pockets full of spare adrenaline. Groupon purchasers also receive a discounted rate on upgrading to the advanced zipline ($25 extra fee, normally $35).
Tucked away in the foothills of the Western Cascade Mountains, Camp Dakota flouts the constraints of gravity with high-flying adventures that test participants' skills, stamina, and propensity to scream at high altitudes. Suspended steel ziplines whiz above the forest canopy as squirrels wave from nearby branches and passing meadowlarks pause for fist bumps. Teamwork trumps individual heroics on the high-ropes course, whose elevated, threaded obstacles sway precariously above the distant ground.
The aerial odyssey doesn't stop there. Instructors supply safety harnesses and words of encouragement before leading the way to a vertical rock-climbing wall. Replete with slim footholds and perturbed mountain goats, the wall poses a challenge to climbers of all abilities, who take solace in the added safety of fully automated belays.