It’s a great ice breaker, to begin with. Helmets on, harnesses tightened, clipping carabiners into the life-line on the first obstacle of the Mountain Ropes Adventure at Grouse Mountain.
Along with your SkyRide or Grind to the top, the lumberjack show, and a visit with grizzlies Grinder and Coola, this new attraction is an amusingly challenging addition to the activities lineup at the Peak of Vancouver.
A little “welp!” from me, before latching my trolley onto the demo course zipline as our guide Matt watched our group learn the ropes – literally and figuratively.
A “wahoo!” from our adventurous nephew as he left the first full zipline tower and sailed over a pond.
And a calculated, “Ok.” from John before his feet left the platform and he soared between the evergreens completing his first line of the course.
A little fear, a whole lot of adrenaline and excitement, and a seriously decent workout rolled into one action-packed activity.
Grouse Mountain’s New Mountain Ropes Adventure
There are 4 courses you can complete, each consisting of a series of obstacles high up in the trees on Grouse Mountain. They are rated: Kids, Green, Blue, and the most challenging is Black.
The adventure’s 50 different elements include suspended bridges, ziplines, ladders and nets. There’s even a barrel suspended high above the forest floor, between two trees, that I traversed on my knees and John slithered through on his back. The first person through always offering advice to the next, building teamwork, trust, and taking pics to document the experience.
You’ll be laughing, stretching, reaching, bending, and laughing some more. It’s like a giant forest jungle gym that offers the kind of fun you haven’t experienced since your schoolyard days.
Upon completion, with a final zipline run, retreat to Altitudes Bistro for a local craft beer, handcrafted cocktail, or hearty meal, and toast your accomplishments, rounding out the day with a sunset over the city.
Plan Your Adventure
The Mountain Ropes Adventure is available daily from 10:00am to 6:00pm with departures every 20 minutes, weather permitting. You can book online in advance or at the ticketing centre at Guest Services at the base of the mountain.
This attraction just opened this summer and its latest addition is the Kids Tree Canopy Adventure. It is a fully contained activity zone for children ages three to eight years old with three double treehouses, one single treehouse, slides and ground games.
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