Get your feet off of the ground

ZipLine Hilton Head opens its latest attraction

Mastering the suspended climbing wall

Mastering the suspended climbing wall

Unfortunately, as my husband, Wade, and I are expecting our first child, I had to sit by as a mere observer/photographer on this one.  However, Wade got to partake in ZipLine Hilton Head’s latest addition – their Aerial Adventure.  Normally I would be up there tackling the sky high challenges.  But not this time.  I had to watch as Wade negotiated the rolling log steps, suspended climbing walls and a commando crawl across nothing more than a rope.

Needless to say, it was a good thing he skipped his workout that day as he looked as though he’d plunged into nearby Broad Creek upon completing the 6-course challenge.  Much like a ski slope, the Aerial Adventure offers 6 paths ranging from green all the way to a double black diamond.

Negotiating the Frisbee Steps on the Double Black Diamond

Negotiating the Frisbee Steps on the Double Black Diamond

Wade started off with a warm-up on one of the two green courses that sits closer to the ground while he was getting his air legs.  Next he progressed to one of the two blue courses which got slightly more challenging and a little higher up.  This one even included an aerial slide that led into the attractions only zip line.  Upon completing the blue, Wade took a big leap and tackled the double black diamond with, by far, the most challenging element – suspended steps made out of Frisbee-sized discs with a pretty substantial incline that got progressively higher as you advanced.

After a little rest and a sip of water upon completing the most challenging path of the new Aerial Adventure, Wade was back up on the tower and ready to tackle the remaining 3 courses – one green, one blue and one black diamond.  He was successful and got through all 6 pathways in about an hour and 15 minutes.

Getting close to reaching the finish line on the 6th and final course

Getting close to reaching the finish line on the 6th and final course

However, if you’re not necessarily looking for a workout replacement, don’t fret.  You go at your own pace.  Adventurists have up to 2 hours to complete as many courses as they would like as guides provide you with input and strategy as to how to tackle the various elements.  And family members of almost all ages can participate.  Aerial adventurists can start as early as age 5.

And, Broad Creek Marina offers the best conclusion to the day – a bite to eat at the waterfront Up the Creek Pub & Grill where, in my opinion, you can chow down on one of the best burgers Hilton Head Island has to offer!

Adventurists must be under 265 pounds and must wear closed toe shoes.  While they’re not required, pants (or longer shorts) are recommended as the harness and equipment may rub.  You should arrive 20 to 30 minutes prior to your tour time as you will need to fill out some required paperwork.

The Aerial Adventure is open year round unless severe weather and is $49 (+ tax) per person.  Reservations are recommended.

For more information or to make reservations, visit www.ZipLineHiltonHead.com or call (843) 682-6000.