Conquering Fears on a Zip Line in Vegas

Conquering Fears on a Zip Line in Vegas

Ever since I had decided to go to Vegas for Route 91 Harvest Festival, I had wanted to go on SlotZilla, the zip line in Vegas that flies you high over the heads of the people wandering down below on Fremont Street. There are two zip lines, the one I am currently on, which starts off 77 feet high and has you in a sitting position and the higher one, Zoomline if you will, that is further, 114 feet high (more than 10 stories) and has you in more of a I’m totally flying just like Superman position. Zip liners travel at speeds of up to 40 mph!

“Are you sure it will hold me? Like absolutely sure?” I am looking up at the zip line, my hands gripping the robe, trying to ignore all visions of me splattered on the brightly lit pavements of Fremont Street. Yep, Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas, where I am currently stood on the top of a platform that I’m sure didn’t look this high from the bottom.

Slotzilla zip line in Vegas

See that section above the coins? That’s where I was stood…

Because I am a cheapskate and needed to save money for whiskey at the Festival, I decided we should ride the zip line during daytime and do the lower one, a decision I am rather happy about now. I mean I had this planned for months, how is it that I seem to have forgotten I am scared of heights unless I am at the top of a very secure building? This is nothing new, I seem to always forget this very important fact – on a ferris wheel on Navy Pier in Chicago back in 2005, any time I’ve gone on the London Eye and a day after this zip line, on the High Roller (Vegas’s version of the London Eye). At least on the High Roller, I was in the majority – out of about seven people in our pod, only two weren’t scared of heights or bothered by the fact that the television screen proudly announced the height every five minutes. I mean really, stop talking now please, I know it’s the world’s tallest observation wheel, I don’t need to know we are at 550 feet…

Anyway, I digress. If you remember I was on top of the high platform, in a harness, feet firmly on the platform, gripping the rope with the pavement far below. It also didn’t help that whilst I was deliberating about how high we were and whether I could really be bothered to get out of this harness if I didn’t fly down the zip line, Blaze was harnessed up next to me stating that she didn’t want to do it anymore. To be fair, this is where the man who works for SlotZilla really came into his own, he never once rushed us despite the fact that we had been in our harnesses for about five minutes talking to each other and him about whether we really wanted to go through with it. I think deep down I knew I was going to go through with it – it was one of the few things on my list for Las Vegas and I’d come too far to back out now. I looked up and realised there was a stopper in front of my rope meaning I couldn’t go anywhere until the SlotZilla dude released the catch.

“Are you absolutely sure it will hold me?” I asked again and once again his reply came back, “yes, it will hold you”. I felt the need to test it: “if I lift my feet up, promise you won’t let the stopper go?” The SlotZilla man promised and true to his word did not release the stopper, something I feel a lot of people would have done in the interest of surprise and just throwing you into it, but he didn’t and I am extremely grateful for this. To be fair to him, it was October and absolutely no one was queuing behind us so there was no need to rush. I lift my feet up and unsurprisingly, it holds. I mean I know I’m not skinny but this zip line is in America and metres away from the famous Heart Attack Grill so I should have known there would be no issue with my weight. I look at the pavement below a bit more confidently now I’m sure the zip line can hold me. “I’m going to do it” I say decidedly. I look over at Blaze who definitely doesn’t want to do it and decides she will meet me at the other side. Firmly on the ground.

Here’s goes nothing, I think as I take a few steps back and run towards the end of the platform and all of a sudden, I’m airborne, I’m doing it, I’m flying! Despite being told not to grip the rope too hard as it jerks at the end and I’ll injure myself, I am gripping it harder than ever but it doesn’t matter, I’m on a zip line, down Fremont Street and it’s exhilarating. I look at the people below, wave to a couple and grin. “I did it”, I whisper to myself. Seeing Fremont Street from above is wonderful, I can only imagine how good it looks at night amidst the neon lights of Vegas. All too soon it is over, my rope hits the stopper at the end jerking me backwards and as the SlotZilla man said, injuring my hand slightly. As the woman at the end helps me out of my harness, I can’t stop grinning. I did it, I was scared of something and I did it anyway.

Slotzilla Zip line in Vegas

Look, it’s me flying over the people down below. Just call me Peter Pan…

Travel is about experiencing new things, scary things, exciting things and sometimes having to push yourself outside of your comfort zone but that resulting feeling – the rush of adrenaline and ultimate feeling of accomplishment? That’s priceless.

Slotzilla Zip line in Vegas

Look how happy I am!

 

Important Info for Riding the Zip Line in Vegas:

The lower zip line (the one I went on) costs $25 with the higher ‘zoomline’ setting you back $45. If you go on either of them before 6:00pm, you can save yourself $5.Β The shorter zip line takes you halfway down Fremont Street, finishing between the Four Queens and Fremont casinos whilst the ‘zoomline’ takes you the entire length of Fremont Street, ending at the historic Golden Gate casino.

 

When was the last time you pushed yourself out of your comfort zone on your travels? Let me know in the comments below! While you’re here, you can also check out my post all about the gorgeous vegan food I ate whilst in Las Vegas.

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Conquering fears on the Slotzilla zip line in Vegas

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  1. July 26, 2017 / 7:34 am

    I’m not sure I’d even make it as far as being given strapped in ready to go, so I’m always impressed by anyone who goes through with it!

    (Did it help with your fear of heights at all?)

    • July 27, 2017 / 9:09 am

      I don’t think I realised how high it was until I was all strapped in to be fair. I’m glad I went through with it because I do love zip lines and once I was airborn it was good fun! It didn’t really help with my fear of heights but it reinforced the idea of being scared of something and doing it anyway (though I will still never jump out of a plane or bungee jump!)

  2. July 29, 2017 / 9:14 am

    Wow, what an experience! I’m pretty sure it would be impossible to talk me into doing that – I know I’d get onto that platform, take one look at the height, and then inch my way right back off (I’m remembering an incident involving a diving board not even three metres high, to be honest…)! Kudos to you for trying something that takes a good amount of courage! ?

    • July 29, 2017 / 10:07 am

      I don’t think I realised how high it was to be honest, until I was up there and then I was pushing myself to do it because zip lines are fun (once you are actually on them lol). Not too sure I could deal with a high diving board though, those really high ones in the Olympics diving events freak me out!

  3. July 29, 2017 / 9:29 am

    I feel you! I’m terrified of heights – always get wobbly legs – but I also like pushing myself to overcome that fear. I’m literally off to a tree top adventure park in half an hour that has the longest zips in the UK and can’t wait! Have you ever tried slower tree top experiences? Something where you’re high up, but you have to walk or cycle between the trees? That’s also quite a magical experience πŸ™‚

    • July 29, 2017 / 10:08 am

      Oh wow that sounds AMAZING! I haven’t tried any tree top experiences but they look so fun – I want to try Go Ape at some point. Have the best time!

  4. July 29, 2017 / 2:48 pm

    So impressive that you were able to push through your fears so that you were able to have this experience. I’m also terrified of heights and my knees start to buckle with some of the towers and mountains we’ve climbed. So I’m not sure if I would be able to do this, but I completely agree that travel includes facing your fears so that you don’t miss out on incredible experiences. I will definitely try to push myself like you did!

    • July 29, 2017 / 4:06 pm

      I am scared of heights but thankfully no knee buckling or shaking occurred. I think climbing mountains and towers is sometimes worth the fear for the gorgeous views you get (as long as you don’t look down!). Aww I’m glad, I think you should definitely push yourself; I think this experience taught me that if I really want to do something, I shouldn’t let fear win as that will only lead to regret. But still, that said, there is no bungee jumping or jumping out of planes in my future!

    • July 29, 2017 / 5:29 pm

      I would recommend it! And if you aren’t scared of heights, do the higher, longer one πŸ™‚

  5. July 29, 2017 / 5:19 pm

    I love ziplines! I’m lucky that here in the Philippines we have a a lot of ziplines and my first time is in the highest in Southeast Asia. I haven’t tried an indoor one, but what would be more fun probably is a zipline in Las Vegas at night πŸ˜€

    • July 29, 2017 / 5:35 pm

      The Vegas one is pretty cool, I suspect it’s amazing at night. That’s awesome that there are lots of zip lines in Philippines! London just got the biggest, fastest city zip line in the world but it’s only open for a limited time over Summer.

  6. July 29, 2017 / 5:35 pm

    I know what you mean! I went skydiving a few years ago and it was definitely a wild experience. Zip-lining is on my list, thanks for the inspiration!

    • July 30, 2017 / 12:10 pm

      Wow, I could never go skydiving – well done you! No worries, zip lining is awesome, it should be on everyone’s list! πŸ™‚

  7. July 29, 2017 / 5:42 pm

    I am a timid traveler, so this looks like an amazing feat to me. Many kudos for being afraid of it and trying it anyway!! I loved that you tested it with your Zip guy before going — I would definitely do that to make sure that the line would hold me. I know Andy would love to try this, and what a trip to do it over Fremont! And I love that you got pics of you in action. Pinned!

    • July 30, 2017 / 12:33 pm

      Thanks Patricia! I am glad I tested it as I think that was my main fear, that the wire would snap. Once I’d checked, I felt a lot more confident. I’m so glad the dude who worked there had to the patience to deal with me! I would definitely recommend it.

  8. July 29, 2017 / 6:04 pm

    Wow! You go girl! I don’t know if I could do this but looks awesome.

    • July 30, 2017 / 12:09 pm

      It was definitely worth the impending panic at the start! So much fun in the end.

  9. Kelly
    July 29, 2017 / 10:18 pm

    I love this!! I am such an adrenaline junkie and ziplines are right up my alley!! Would love to try something like this if not in Vegas then somewhere else!

    • July 30, 2017 / 5:14 pm

      This was made for you! If you are an adrenaline junkie you definitely need to go on the higher one, it’s much longer and you go in a Superman pose rather than sitting down.

  10. July 30, 2017 / 7:25 am

    Yes girl!!! I would have been way to scared but you did and lived to tell the hilarious tale.

    Really like your writing style comes across like a friend and if we were chatting in person. Love it.

    • July 30, 2017 / 5:37 pm

      Thank you so much Mel! I try to write like I’m having a conversation so I’m really glad it comes across that way. I think if I was on the higher one I would have bottled it but I’m so glad I managed to do it!

    • July 30, 2017 / 5:15 pm

      Thanks! I’m so glad everyone else thinks it’s scary too and it’s not just me!

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