A Surprise Tree Top Adventure Course Experience.

A Surprise Tree Top Adventure Course Experience.

Yesterday afternoon, as the day began to feel as though it would never end, I received a text message that would reignite my energy. Jeff told me to pack a bag with adventure clothes; we were headed on a little getaway.

After driving about an hour and a half west and into Pennsylvania last night, we got to our hotel and passed out because Jeff told me that there would be an early wake up. I wasn’t sure what we’d be doing the next day, but since surprise dates were what our relationship was built on, I was excited to see what was in store.

We woke up early, as Jeff had promised, and headed toward Camelback Mountain, and this is when I got a clue about what we’d be doing.

A few weeks back, I read about Tree-to-Tree Adventure in Tallahassee on one of my favorite travel blogs, The World of Deej. I was intrigued at the adventure course that would take place up in the tree tops.

Jeff and I looked into adventure courses like this nearby, and discovered CBK Mountain Adventures, so when we drove right by Camelback, I knew what the surprise would be.

We arrived at 8:45am, and this was when I admitted to Jeff that although, yes, I had mentioned that a tree top adventure course was totally up my alley, I was a bit terrified. And, rightfully so. We signed our waivers and put on the harness that was to be our lifeline during our time on the course. Sure, I was excited, but I didn’t know what to expect.

We started on the demo course, which was exactly what a demo course should be: easy. The only problem was that it was too easy, so when I entered the first course, just climbing up the ladder made me panic. Luckily, even though the course got more difficult, and higher off the ground, my nerves calmed down the more comfortable I became on the course.

Still, even though I got more comfortable on the course, I was surprised with the lack of supervision we had. The guides stayed on the ground, and were there to offer help and support when needed, but with so many people and a large area full of obstacles, it was hard for them to really attend to everyone. Luckily, we didn’t need them as much as I thought we would have.

However, because there is not much supervision, the lessons learned during the demo were extremely valuable because you are 100% responsible for what goes on in the course. And, making sure you are secure before you scramble across cables and wooden planks high above the ground is completely up to you. At first, this was a worry to me, but I found myself not needing the help of the guides at all, especially as my confidence grew.

From scramble nets to suspended bridges and swinging logs, there was no shortage of obstacles. Some took more courage and patience than others, especially the further into the course we got. But, the easiest part of the adventure was coming to a zip line, and even though I had never zip lined before, it was a lot less scary than I had imagined. This is probably because everything else we were doing was so intense in comparison.

Jeff and I were the first people on the course, which was probably my favorite part about this adventure; we had the opportunity to relax and take our time on each obstacle. As the day wore on, this became increasingly difficult for those who were behind us. The obstacles became more and more crowded, and a rowdy group of boy scouts was wrecking havoc on the course. I was so grateful that Jeff made sure we made the first time slot.

After about four hours, we finished, five courses in total, and each increasing in difficulty as you more on. After course four, I honestly was exhausted and wanted to give up, but the zip line at the end of course five was my motivation to keep going. With Jeff right in front, cheering me along, I managed to complete the entire adventure course.

The same couldn’t be said for everyone in our group. We started with eight people, but only one other couple, who were directly behind us, managed to finish all of the courses. It honestly was a work out and a lot more difficult than Jeff and I ever imagined it to be.

Overall, it was a great day and the perfect way to spend a Saturday morning. It may have challenged both body and mind, but it was an adventure of a life time. If you’re looking for something a bit different to do, that also fills the need for adventure, look no further than an adventure up in the trees.

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Comments (14)

  1. D.J. - The World of Deej

    So awesome! Thanks for the shout out. It sounds like your adventure was pretty similar to mine. Physically demanding, but worth all of the hard work. Isn’t it a little unnerving how you’re just out there doing that stuff virtually unchaperoned? There were a couple times I accidentally had both safety clips unhooked…scary!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Of course! Thanks for writing about your experience too. 🙂 Yes, I am hurting a lot today, but I think I’d go back and do it again tomorrow if I could. Yes, being unchaperoned is terrifying! I was never double unhooked, but Jeff was several times, so scary! I always triple checked my materials. It’s crazy how that harness can suspend all of your weight that high above the ground. What a great experience though!

  2. Raul (@ilivetotravel)

    Wow, I didn’t realize something like this would take 4 hours! I think a couple of hours is just fine!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Well, you don’t have to complete the whole course, but I was determined! I’m still in pain….

  3. Pola (@jettingaround)

    I would never have come up with something like this for Saturday morning! But that’s the beauty of surprises – I like how you and Jeff have that tradition in your relationship. 🙂 Also, Erin – you look picture-perfect in that zip lining photo! I don’t want to think what my photo would look like, haha.

    Great adventure, I really enjoyed the post. And congratulations on completing all the courses!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks, Pola! Haha, I think it’s because it’s the ONLY part where I felt calm. Who knew zipling could make you feel calm. The scariest part, though, is that you are completely responsible for setting up the zipline, so if anything happens it’s all on you – ugh! The last zipline was the highest and longest, so I definitely didn’t look that good in that photo. 🙂

  4. Craig Zabransky

    Ah, great stuff… sometimes you don’t need to go far at all for a great adventure.
    stay adventurous, Craig

    1. The World Wanderer

      Very true! The things I’m learning, Craig…. 🙂

  5. the lazy travelers

    oh man, i don’t think i could do this. we grew up skiing on camelback, though! so funny you were just there!

    1. The World Wanderer

      That’s so funny! I had never been there before this, but I’m ready to go back. 🙂

  6. Traveling Ted

    Looks like a lot of fun and quite the adventure. I have never zip lined, but this post definitely provides some inspiration.

    1. The World Wanderer

      It’s pretty great! The only part that was scary here was setting up your own zipline. I would triple check before I sailed off. 🙂

  7. Leah Travels

    How fun! I love that Jeff thinks outside of the box. What a cool idea for a weekend trip.

    1. The World Wanderer

      He’s definitely great for thinking outside the box. The longer we have been dating, the more nervous I get about what his surprises for me will be!

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