Ziplines. Extreme ziplines. You’ve googled them and can’t decide which is the most extreme or the most fun! Did you know that ONE AXE Pursuits had the FIRST zipline program in Ontario? Eighteen years ago, we developed the Zipline Extreme program to be unique and something totally different from all other ziplines. At the ziplines were not ubiquitous. We were the first company in Ontario to offer ziplining for recreation (technically a tyrolean traverse which is used in rescue scenarios). And today, we are still the most unique zipline!
Why is the ONE AXE Pursuits zipline the most unique in Ontario? Maybe even most unique zipline in Canada? This zipline needs to be added to your bucket list because you not only zipline over a 200ft gorge, but you then rappel OFF the zipline from mid-air into the river below. Then, you finish your day with face-first ziplining otherwise known as the Superman zipline.
Not all ziplines are equal. Everyone seems to have done one before somewhere. But if you are looking for an experience and not just a quick ride, zipline extreme with rappelling will cater to people who are looking for more of a savouring experience. Definitely more of the “slow food” of zipline instead of the fast food version. For the fast food version, check out the Elora SkyRider Zipline which works in partnership with the village of Elora, Ontario.
The Zipline Extreme program is different from others. It isn’t the tree-to-tree type you get in Costa Rica nor is it the steel cable sort that goes so fast you can’t breathe. This zipline teaches a skill that can be used even if the ropes and rigging industry. The instructors teach participants step by step how to rappel down the cliff independently. You spend the morning becoming confident in rappelling before we let you jump off the cliff on a zipline and rappel yourself down 80ft into the water.
This Zipline Extreme with rappelling is a special type of adventure. It is one to savour. To enjoy the day outdoors, learn something, meet new people, listening to the expedition stories of the instructors and other participants. Zipline extreme is more slow paced. More like the fine dining of outdoor adventure. Are you ready to try something unique?
The trailer has recently been released for the documentary we are producing! Read all about it here:
It isn’t every day that a Brazilian celebrity calls you to see if you’ll zipline her over Erta Ale volcano in Ethiopia. But if you know Frederick Schuett, this is the type of requests that fulfills his need for extreme adventure and exploration. Karina Oliani chose Schuett because she had seen his previous expedition to Turkmenistan to zipline across and into the crater of fire with National Geographic and George Kourounis.
After agreeing to the expedition, Schuett wanted the heat suits to look different from the last expedition. Instead of putting Oliani in a bulky suit designed for men working with molten metal, he wanted to design a bespoke suit. He consulted with Nikki Quilley, ex-collections Director to John Galliano on the Paris runway and brainstormed options. He wanted an attractive suit that was still fully functional.
Custom sewn locally, he decided on the third version and the two new suits had a more superhero feel and added shape to the wearer. Sponsors such as Carbon X came on board and donated fire proof fabric, Bollard donated fire rescue helmets, Mechanix Gloves donated fire resistant gloves and DEUS Rescue donated technora heat resistant ropes.
The expedition itself was seven-days, in and out of the Afar depression (the hottest and driest place in the world). The team hiked four hours from basecamp through inhospitable terrain and camels were used to carry the equipment. The team slept in primitive rock huts at the edge of the crater. The team worked in above 40 degree temperatures and were escorted by the Ethiopian military, with machine guns to keep the team safe because of the threat of terrorism.
The zipline was difficult to set up even with previous consultation with an ex-military colleague. It was challenging to make solid anchors on loose, crumbling, abrasive lava rock. Even with gas masks on, the acidic air burned their eyes and lungs if the wind blew toward them. Schuett single-handedly rigged the zipline across the crater through the night so it would be ready as the sun was cresting the horizon. Oliani became the first woman to cross the lava lake on the zipline, with Schuett minutes later as the first man to cross. The full documentary will be released in Brazil this year.