Oct 28

How To Make A Zip Line

Yes, sure, there are cables, harnesses, seats, and other gear you could purchase if you wanted to go out of your way to make an authentic zip line.  But who has time for that when you are relaxing in your backyard and your kid comes up to you and wonders, “What can we do?”  Am I really going to tell him, “I have a grand idea! Let us sally forth to the hardware store and purchase many expensive pieces of equipment and spend the afternoon trying to figure it all out! And perhaps, yes perhaps we will complete our mission in time for one quick zip line run before bed.” PASS!

We were in need of something to do that day, and this enormous rope was laying on the ground in front of me.  And I just so happened to be wearing a belt. (My pants will sag if I don’t wear a belt, because I don’t really have a butt….why am I explaining why I wear a belt?  What is wrong with me?) We also have a couple of perfect orange trees in the backyard.  All these ingredients together, along with a memory flash of Tango and Cash and the improvised zip line they made to escape prison, made for the answer of what we’d do.  Oh yeah!  We were making a zip line!

And now you can, too.  Here’s how you do it:

Step 1: Tie one end of rope to high branch of tree #1.

Step 2: Run rope across yard to tree #2.

Step 3: Tie the other end to the lower branch of tree#2. As tight as you possible can....and then tie it tighter. Tighter than you think. Seriously.


Step 4: Throw a belt up and over the rope.

Step 5: ZIP LINE!

More zip line!

Random Cute Toddler Pic!

Lovin That Zip Line!

HOLY CRAP! Toddler on the zip line! WAIT!

Toddler does not eat it! Toddler is natural zip liner. PHEW!


The zip line continues to be a huge hit in our backyard.  My suggestion, based on Gayle’s suggestion to me, is to double up the rope or even triple it up.  That way you don’t have to worry about the rope breaking and your child smashing UN-lovingly into the ground…which happened to Noble and thus inspired Gayle’s suggestion.  Also, keep it low to the ground because what are you, crazy?!  I mean, we’re crazy, but we’re not RIDICULOUS!  (Please take this paragraph as my warning/release of liability for the choices you make in your life.)

Or, if you aren’t interested in wrecking your belt and want something “Professional”, then you might have better luck with this:

click the image to see how to purchase your “For realsies zip line.”

Have you ever had an impromptu crazy idea that turned out to be a load of good times?  Share it in the comment section below!  I’m always looking for new ways to put my kids in danger…er, I mean, to have a safely executed fun time.

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