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Ever since I can remember I have had a fear of heights with bridges always being the most difficult for me, I’m not really too sure why but I have just never had complete trust in them. I grew up in Bristol in the UK, which is famous for its suspension bridge, as a child I could just not get my head around how this impressive structure stayed up there & I guess that has followed me all the way through to adulthood. Zip trekking in Whistler, Canada is something that a couple of years ago I would have never imagined trying.

As I grew up & on my travels there just seem to be more & more bridges that I come across that I have (excuse the pun!) just had to cross. Some big, others small & rickety but for me equally as scary. The first trip Adam & I took together was  to New York, we decided to cross the Brooklyn Bridge by foot whilst we were there with me clinging to him the whole way over! Despite all of this I am a firm believer of facing my fears, I have more or less conquered the bridge fear by pushing myself to get over them & have tried ziplining in the past but Ziptrek Ecotours Whistler was a whole new challenge for me. Their Eagle Tour complete with 5 zip lines, the longest  at 2,400ft would be my longest to date but I was up for it, nerves & all I was determined to do this!

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Zip Trekking In Whistler

Getting Ready

Before our tour we were given all of the information from Ziptrek on what to expect, where to meet, what to wear etc. With it being early October we were advised to wrap up warm & meet in Whistler Village, in what turned out to be a beautiful morning with a fresh covering of snow up on on the mountains that surrounded us.All of that was the easy part, it was getting myself mentally ready that was a little trickier. I am fortunate to have Adam who is as cool as a cucumber so manages to calm me down without even doing much at all. I also reminded myself that although the initial push is always the most difficult, what follows after is always worth it & in this case it really was. After all zip trekking in Whistler is something pretty awesome to do!

The Zip Lining

The first zip line we took on that day was the longest & highest one of the course & was actually a dual zip line. It was truly magical when we reached the top, after being driven up we walked across the ridge of Whistler mountain & were greeted with the most spectacular views all around us.Our guides Frankie & Shaun were great in explaining exactly what was going to happen which helped to calm my nerves somewhat, that mixed with a bit of self talk before I took my first step off the zip wire meant that I was flying like an eagle above freshly snow-covered rain forest & oh my was it worth it! The feeling was just incredible & with each zip line I gained more & more confidence, by the last one I was even able to hold our Go Pro & film myself which may sound like nothing for some but for me was a pretty big achievement!

The Environment

The stunning scenery that we were so fortunate to experience this adventure in only added to the complete buzz of the whole thing. The rain forest that surrounds Whistler village is part of The Pacific Temperate Rain Forests Ecoregion & is the largest temperate rain forest ecoregion on the planet. Ziptrek Ecotours aim is to “deliver awareness & appreciation of the natural environment along with a healthy dose of ziplining adventure”. This was evident to us in the knowledge that our guides had of the environment that we were in as well as reading posts all around the course where you could stop & learn all about the old-growth rain forest that you were stood in. There are also plenty of platforms & suspension bridges to further enjoy the epic views.

The Wrong Way Round

Because life is better upside down, well not for me but for Adam it is! When we got to zip lines 2 & 3  there was the option to zip over the wrong way round. Adam jumped at the opportunity to do this, filming himself along the way, I chose to stay the right way round & continued to hold on tight!

Because life is better upside down ???? Adam is definitely the less fearless one of us, hanging out yesterday on the @ziptrek Ecotours Eagle Tour in Whistler! The course including 5 zip lines, the longest at 2,400 ft, through freshly snow covered rainforest was a beautiful & exhilarating experience – we both loved it & would definitely recommend this awesome activity, which is open year round if visiting Whistler ???? Watch our adventure in full through our latest vlog, link up in bio ⬆⬆⬆ • • • • • #ziptrekking #ziptrekecotours #ziplining #onlyinwhistler #whistler #canada150 #hellobc #explorebc #adventuretravel #loveadventure #getoutstayout #optputside #epic #outdoorvibes #themountainsarecalling #snowfun #travelblog #travelbloggers #youtuber #vlog #adventuretime #adventurecouple #adventurefolk #travelcouple #travelawesome #welltravelled #exploremore #exploreshareinspire #explorationinspiration #destinationaddict

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Back to Whistler

As if the Eagle Tour was not awesome enough it has the added bonus of starting & ending in Whistler village AND you end up zip trekking all the way back! For me it was a great feeling flying back into the village on the last zip line with that amazing sense of achievement that comes with actually doing something that really scares you.

We loved our morning with Ziptrek Ecotours it was spectacular flying over such an incredible landscape & is a must if visiting Whistler. Ziptrek are open year round & we would most definitely recommend booking with them as we could not fault the service we received. You can also check out some more reviews on Trip Advisor here.

We hope you have enjoyed our zip trekking in Whistler post!

Have you had a similar experience & would like to share it with us? Do you have any questions at all? Please tell us in the comments! 🙂

Happy Adventuring 🙂

Kelly & Adam x

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In 2017 Kelly & Adam Peck embarked on a journey that would change their lives forever... 

Equipped with a couple of second-hand bikes, they took a one-way flight to Havana, Cuba &, after a cycling escapade that took them over four hundred kilometres - through remote villages & untouched landscapes, the roots of The Wilder Route were firmly planted. 

From there the adventure was destined to continue... this intrepid couple spent the next 10 months soaking up the vibrance of Mexico, hiking up volcanoes in Guatemala, taking in the wild scenery of Canada & experiencing the beauty & diversity of Colombia, before eventually returning to the UK. 

With the feeling of exploration in their souls, Kelly & Adam knew that they wanted to build a life that brought them closer to nature, a life that made adventure part of their every day. Selling most of their belongings & packing the rest of what they owned into their tiny home on wheels, van life became the next step of their journey.

Since moving into their motorhome in 2018 (a Bessacar E560 named Barnaby) they have experienced many more magical moments, built their online business on the road & have even planned a wedding & said "I do" along the way.

Featured in publications such as Wanderlust Magazine & Housesitting Magazine & speaking at events such as Destinations ShowsBorderless Live & The Caravan & Motorhome Show about living a location-independent lifestyle - they are passionate about helping & inspiring others to explore, to connect with nature &, to live alternatively.

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7 thoughts on “Facing Fears – Zip Trekking in Whistler

  1. Jess Drier says:

    Oh my goodness I think I would have a mini freak out if I went the “wrong way round” on the zip line! I am also a wee bit terrified of heights and I can’t explain why! Just something about it. This sounds like it was a great adventure. Can’t wait to read more about your adventures in Colombia!!!

    • Kelly says:

      Me too Jess, there’s no way I think I would ever be that brave! It’s so strange when you are scared of something but cannot pinpoint why. It was a great adventure, thanks so much for reading. We are looking forward to sharing our Colombia adventures with you 🙂

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  3. Angelina says:

    Heading up to Whistler next weekend with some girlfriends. We talked about doing this exact Zipline adventure. Seeing these great pictures solidifies it for me, I’m in!

    • Kelly says:

      Oh that’s great Angelina, it will be completely snow covered by the time you head up there & will look even more beautiful than when we did it I am sure. Have a fantastic time in Whistler 🙂

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