Highground Adventures Nepal recently launched the world's most extreme zipline in Pokhara, Nepal. The line runs 1,850 meters with a 2,000 foot vertical drop, and reaches speeds over 100 miles per hour. At least 18 million people ride commercially operated ziplines per year, according to the Association for Challenge Course Technology. Although ziplines have been a part of outdoor challenge courses for decades, commercially operated ziplines are a relatively new industry with the first appearing around early 2000.
According to a release sent by Zip-Flyer LLC, New York, the makers of the trolley and brake technologies used on the Highground Adventures zipline, “Extreme weather conditions in Nepal create a need for Zip-Flyer to select the most high-quality components for the entire zipline system. Every part is precision engineered to match or surpass the ANSI-B77 Tramway and ASTM amusement codes, and is currently pending TUV SUD codes.”
When the company looked at enclosures to house the controls for the line, its top priority was protecting the controls from the elements. “After a rider takes off, the controls for the system direct the trolley from bottom to top. The controls also release the rider's gate and include the braking system. These are critical components of the system and ensure the safety of our riders. Selecting the housing enclosure to protect these controls is obviously an issue of utmost importance. Foremost, the enclosure must withstand the constant effects of wind, rain, and harmful UV rays,” Zip-Flyer said. “A local distributor tipped us off to the Stahlin Non-Metallic Enclosures N-Series, and it has been a complete success. Stahlin has provided us with an enclosure of not only perfect fit, but of outstanding capabilities to withstand wind and rain.”
We're thinking those enclosures have some of the best views on the planet.