Challenge in the Trees
I received complimentary passes for review purposes. All opinions are my own. See Disclosures/Disclaimers for details.
My family is always up for a challenge. It was a little bit more than we expected when we visited Raleigh’s newest zip line adventure park–TreeRunner, but we enjoyed the sweet feeling of accomplishment when we completed the course. It wasn’t the first time my family (me, my husband and 2 elementary school-aged boys) has saddled up into the harness gear and sailed across the treetops.
TreeRunner is in Raleigh and is conveniently located off Norwood Rd which is about 3 miles from the I-540/Leesville Rd exit. I was thankful that I purchased our passes (I received 3 complimentary passes in exchange for this review) ahead of time. There was a large group that checked in ahead of us, and pushed back our adventure time. The extra time allowed us to visit the bathroom and explore the area. We spotted the kid area which has a zip line area that is only 3 feet off the ground. My 7 and 10-year-old were glad that I booked them to climb in the adult zone. There were picnic tables throughout and a designated birthday area.
After our self guided tour, it was time to don our harnesses, and learn about the lanyards and trolleys. It was a lot to take in. We had 2 lanyards/carabiners that attached to the wires in the trees, and 1 zip line trolley. One carabiner is attached to the wire at all times. A good safety measure; it just got a little confusing with how to lock/unlock and attach to the wire. They offered a test-run with a team member to help you get used to the sequence of latching on and riding the zip line. My oldest son caught on quickly, but 7-year-old was a little slow with the process. I was glad that my husband and I were both there to supervise the boys as well as help them with the process.
Our first challenge was climbing up the rope wall. Our ninja training enabled us all to successfully get to the top platform. Once at the top platform, we began our treetop adventure on the easy course. There are 3 course levels- beginner, expert, intermediate. The real differences that I noticed in the courses was the heighth above the ground. Some courses you ended with a zip line and others a 40-foot auto-rappel jump. I wish there were attendants at each ending platform because we ran into some difficulty with other climbers not following directions or not enough instruction being administered. It was tricky and a little scary jumping off the 40-foot auto rappell.
The obstacles were challenging, creative, and fun. It’s an exhilarating sense of freedom when you fly through the trees. After 2 hours of overcoming tree high obstacles, we ended our visit tired and happy.