Zipping Through The Trees in WV, and Around the Region

  • WVU Mountaineer Mascot Jonathan Kimble christens the University's canopy tour during its grand opening. Photo courtesy Greg Ellis, WVU

  • West Virginia University opened the nation's first university-owned canopy tour on May 2. Photo courtesy Greg Ellis, WVU

May 10, 2013

By Ben Adducchio

Ziplines use pulleys, cables, and good old gravity to provide a fun way to explore the outdoors. Zipline courses have been developed around the region—one in North Park near Pittsburgh just opened. And so did a course at West Virginia University's Morgantown campus.

WVU’s zipline course stretches along part of the university’s research forest, near Cooper’s Rock State Park in northern West Virginia.

It’s a place where students, faculty, and others will be able to go and not only enjoy the experience, but do research and learn more about scientific and mathematic concepts associated with the activity.

This includes calculating the speed of the zipliner as he or she travels through the course.

Greg Corio, director of Adventure West Virginia, says this is truly a unique program.

"We see each platform as a classroom connected by ziplines. We intend to use these to help our participants have a different view of the natural environment," he said.

"It’s the first time you can move from the base of the tree up into the crown, and you’re going higher as you go down. You’re going to look at the forest from the top down, instead of from the down up. It’s a completely different perspective."

Ziplining is an activity that’s gaining a lot of interest in West Virginia.

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