Question of the Week: Should a Zip Line be installed in Runyon Canyon?

http://blogging.la/archives/images/2007/03/0318071616-thumb.jpgSeriously, the canyon that that cuts into Runyon Canyon would be perfectly suited for a zip line. (Wikipedia entry)

Picture this: You hike just about halfway up the looped trail into Runyon Canyon, where you get a view pretty close to the one I snapped here (albeit with uber crappy cell phone camera). As a reward for your travel you get tethered to a cable and zip on down the wire at an elevation that exceeds 150 feet (just a wild estimation), finally slowing and coming to a safe stop back by the Fuller entrance.

Sure, there are logistical problems – like how to return the tether to the top, insurance waivers, and dogs abandoned by owners in lieu of the zipline.

Heck, I’d even go with a massive slide all the way down – bring your own burlap bag, or buy one at the top with proceeds going towards park preservation.

Is anyone with me?

Side question: does anyone know of any quality zip lines that already exist in the Los Angeles area?

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4 Replies to “Question of the Week: Should a Zip Line be installed in Runyon Canyon?”

  1. OMFG yes.

    Get this: driving back from Pasadena this evening on the 210, I pass a massive flatbed semi with its cargo neatly covered in tarps all bungeed down tightly. Looked like a heavy load. Passing the cab, what do I see on the door but the logo “ZipLine Inc.”

    heh.

  2. http://www.skylinehawaii.com/

    This zipline on Maui is VERY popular, though it’s a stand alone visitor adventure (as opposed to a transportaion option). I’ve been on it 3 times and recommend to anyone. I don’t work for them, just love the adventure — Plus they donate a % of their income to preserving native bird habitat and teach each group about the amazing birds that are becoming extinct in Hawaii.

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