“Experience the Longest, Fastest, & Tallest Zipline in Asia!” – That’s the one liner on the Outland Adventure on their website.
Ever since I saw that one line on their website, I longed to give it a shot. I had first ridden a zipline in Cagayan de Oro in March 2009 which probably lasted a mere 5 seconds. I made it a point to prioritize the Xcelerator during my next trip Davao. And luckily, I had a business trip planned for April 2009. I would then return a month later and ride another 2 times.
First trip, April 18, 2009
How to get there? All taxi cabs in Davao know where this is. Just tell them you want to go the Xcelerator Zipline. My cab didn’t know what Outland Adventure was!
When I got there, they asked if I wanted to go seated or “Superman" where you like flat and make like… well, Superman. I obviously didn’t want to go seated. (When I came back in May, I found out there was a 3rd option (later on this).
The entire trip’s spans 1 km in length. It takes me around 40 seconds. Which I guess translates to 25 meters per second. (tama ba math ko?). Anyway, they say that the speed varies on how heavy you are 🙂 So I guess lighter people are slower and take longer?
First I get suited up in all these harnesses. Nice and snug
Then there is a long 10 min trek… across a little lake on a raft, then up a hill.
It could get confusing…
and when you are ready to give yup…
That is a loooong way down….
Ok… I’m ready now… gasp!
Here I come! Do you see me?
Safety – If you look closely, this ride has a safety feature I appreciate… note the dual cables. It probably isn’t needed, but its comforting to know that there is a secondary cable “just in case.”
WOOHOOOO! “I believe I can fly!” (Thanks to Jasper, “The Backback Boy” for this shot from the ground)
I MADE IT! What a rush!!!
Coming back, May 15, 2009
I came back to Davao a little less than month later. The Xcelerator was once again on my priority list.
So I’m back. And this time, I signed up for two trips. The first… Superman style again!
Argh… I have to make that trek again!!! First the raft…
Then trek up stairs…
Aaah… made it!
Ah… finally I’m up. And ready.
This time I take a video!!
Making sure I have my camera wrapped around my hand. I jumped off the trtip. All in all, the ride took around 40 seconds.
I got strapped in for my second ride! This time, I did it upside down. It’s actually the same experience… you’re just upside down 🙂
This is one ride I will definitely ride again when I go back to Davao. It is quite a rush!
Facility / Camp
Diversion Road, Maa
Across from The GAP Farm
Davao City, Philippines
What about the competition?
Nearby there is another place called ZipCity. It is easier to get to, and the tower you see in the picture is right next to the road. So there is no long trek. I didn’t ride this (because there was a long line of people) but based on my ocular evaluation… this is much shorter and the folks went slower. Sorry but it looked corny and blah! Definitely less exciting.
If you want a better thrill… stick to Outland Adventure and the Xcelerator. It’s worth it!