A clear blue sky, a beautiful mountain or body of water – as Spring Break 2015 descends upon us, thoughts turn to outdoor fun – such as zip lining – which is a fun outdoor activity that while mostly safe, has inherent dangers as well.
A zip-line is a pulley attached to a cable that is often constructed of stainless steel. The line is mounted on an incline and designed to have gravity move a participant from the top of the cable to the bottom by attaching to the free-moving pulley. While zip lines have been used historically for mountain transportation, most often they are now installed as a sort of thrill entertainment.
Zip lining companies often take root in tourist destinations such as Las Vegas or Lake Tahoe. Many operate out of the country, in areas that cater to American tourists, such as Cancun, Mexico. Many injuries have occurred out of the country, however a fair number of American zip lining outfits have resulted in user injuries as well.