Grant's Getaways: High Life Adventures

Grant's Getaways: High Life Adventures


by Grant McOmie

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Posted on November 8, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 6:43 PM


From 70 feet above the ground, it’s easy to see that the high life provides a bird’s eye view that takes your breath away.

Dale Larson, a zip-line guide with High Life Adventures said, “As soon as we clip you in, you are playing with gravity as you head downhill along an awesome fun ride. Folks just love it.”

You will too when you ride the new zip line course called ‘High Life Adventures,’ near Warrenton, Oregon.

The remarkable outdoor experience is the brainchild of H-L-A owner, Dave Larson, who created the new adventure playground on his 30-acre timbered homestead in rural Clatsop County.

The recreation mecca offers 8 distinct zip-line routes with a grand total of more than a mile of steel cables that are anchored in the hillsides by big timbers and steel beams.

Each of the eight zip lines is connected with easy to moderate graveled trails that provide a fun three hour hiking and zip-lining getaway that entices and challenges thrill seekers of all ages.

“The challenge is measured by the height of the starting point relative to the end,” noted Larson. “That drop helps build the speed and it goes faster as you proceed.”

Some zip lines are short – just a few hundred feet, while others range to more than a thousand feet long, and so many different zip lines are certainly exciting to ride.

“Some people who visit us have zip-lined before, but for most it is first time affair,” said Shane Dean, the manager for High Life Adventures. ”Most folks come here looking for a good time and they are here for three hours or more. As they fly through our forest, they find the thrill of their lifetimes.”

It’s that thrill that enticed Crystal and Joe Neher to spend the afternoon on the zip lines - neither had done anything like it before and she enthusiastically agreed it was special: “I’d be happy to ride one zip line, but here you get to ride eight. You fly along, listening to the sound of the zip line trolley on the cable and it’s so much fun – exhilarating!”

Feel like taking a cool dip on a warm day? You can. There’s a 7-acre lake below Zip-Line #7 called “Maple.”

“We can actually lengthen your lanyard out a little so you can do a hand-drag or a foot-drag in the lake,” said guide Dale Larson. He added with a chuckle, “For the more adventurous we can even bounce the cable a bit and let you do a bottom drag into the water.”

The cable rating is for more than 26,000 pounds, noted Dave Larson. Plus, the harness and lanyard and trolley specs all exceed 5,000 pounds. So, you’re perfectly safe going downhill on the cable:

“We want absolute safety and the way our harness is designed and worn, it’s virtually impossible to get out of it when you’re on a zip line.”

That’s good to know when you step up on the tall tower to hook up to the twin 1200 foot cables called “Spruce” and “Willow.” It’s a side by side chance to race to the course’s finish on a unique adventure that’ll bring you back for more.

Dale Larson noted, “It’s pretty tough not to smile on a zip line.”

He’s right! High Life Adventures is a fine memory maker for a special family activity day. The unique recreation destination operates zip line tours by reservation only each Friday thru Tuesday @ 11am, 1pm and 3pm through the winter.