How much drop should a zip line have?

How much drop should a zip line have?

We recommend a 3 percent slope for mild speed, and a 6 percent slope as a maximum recommendation. In translation, for every 100 feet of zip line cable, we recommend a maximum 6 feet of drop.

How high off the ground should a zipline be?

Elevation Change is easy if you are on flat land, it’s 0 feet! If you are on a slope or hill you may have to use a sight level to find the elevation change between the ground level of the starting anchor and the ground level of the end anchor….Anchor Height.

Zip line Length 100 feet
Starting Anchor Height 12 feet

Can you use a 6×6 post for a zipline?

We used 12 foot long 6×6 posts, and buried them 4 feet into the ground. We used 5 bags of fast-setting concrete for each post. We also used two 4 foot long 4×4 posts at each end, buried 3 1/2 feet deep, with 3 bags of concrete each, to connect guywires to for added support.

How thick should zipline cable be?


Gauge Breaking Strength Zip Line Size
3/16″ Cable 3,700 lb Min Breaking Strength Zip Lines Up To 200 FT
1/4″ Cable 7,000 lb Min Breaking Strength Zip Lines Up To 200 FT
5/16″ Cable 9,800 lb Min Breaking Strength Zip Lines Up To 500 FT
3/8″ Cable 14,400 lb Min Breaking Strength Zip Lines Up To 1,000 FT

How much does it cost to set up a zipline?

Most basic zip lines are about 60-150 feet long and have weight ratings up to 250 pounds. These zipline rides typically cost $2,000 to $8,000 once you add a launch platform, but can be higher if we have significant travel to your location.

What size cable is best for zipline?

We recommend using 7×19 wire rope for zip lines as it’s very flexible and has a high breaking load.

How much weight can a zip line cable hold?

Riders who are too heavy may hit the landing platform too quickly, which could potentially cause injuries. Generally speaking, zip-line riders should be between 60 and 275 pounds. Some courses have limits on waist circumference as well. Ask your operator about his or her course’s specific restrictions.

How long should a backyard zipline be?

Short, ready-to-install zip lines are perfect for the backyard or a nearby field, even a playground. They range from about 35 feet in length to 90 feet, and can be installed from tree to tree without the need for a lot of drop in elevation.

How much does it cost to build a backyard zipline?

How thick should zip line cable be?

Can you control your speed on a zipline?

As the name implies, passive-braking zip lines use speed-reduction mechanisms to slow you down automatically — no need for you to do anything. Active braking, on the other hand, will require you to slow yourself down.

How big is the platform on a zip line?

The main zip line platform is also known as the launch platform since this is where you launch from when you begin your zip line ride. The platform has to be large enough to accommodate the average zip line rider, which is why the standard size is 24 inches deep and 40 inches wide.

Can I Build my Own Backyard zip line?

Whether you’re looking to build a backyard zip line for do-it-yourself style or you’re thinking about buying a kit you first need to understand the basics. It may seem daunting at first as there are so many factors; do I have to calculate slope and sag, what are the height requirements, can my home accommodate a backyard zip line kit.

How do you make a zip line?

Making a zip line is easy, but safety requirements take time to think about. Select a distance between two solid objects, Preferably the objects should be trees or other solid structures. The distance should be anywhere from 50 feet (15.2 m) to 500 feet (152.4 m). Lay the cable out between the two points.

Can zip line accessories be added after the cable is set up?

With zip line accessories there will be cases where certain components have to have the cable fed through them, as opposed to being added on after the cable is set up. Be sure to check your individual parts! There are trolleys where the end of the cable has to be fed through the trolley.