Not to be confused with a show in which Jonathan Brandis and Roy Scheider just hung out a in treehouse all day, Treetop Quest is a new forest-based adventure course at the Gwinnett Environmental Heritage Center offering 70 awesomely challenging high-altitude nature activities.
Each 2.5hr tour is self-guided, but before zipping out you'll be suited up with gloves, a pulley, a double-sling harness, and a rope-locking carabiner to ensure you don’t try and see if your flying superpower mutation has kicked in yet. Then they'll put you through a practice course to get acquainted with the belay system, which is a great time to make hilarious jokes about getting belayed the night before.
Next, you'll choose one of six 15-obstacle courses, ranging from only-kinda-crazy stuff like tree-climbing and walking across rope-suspended planks, nets, and "monkey bridges" (basically loops of rope for your feet), to higher-adrenaline action like zip-lining 55ft above the forest ground, rolling across the ropes on handlebar-gripped “flying foxes”, and rope-swinging "Tarzan jumps", also the headline when a photographer snapped him at a House of Pain concert.
They're operating on weekends and holidays for now, but come June and July will be open for zipness every damn day. They’ll even let you pull together a team of at least six and make reservations for some hot night action, or what Roy Scheider calls “sitting around on a boat drinking whiskey and singing Irish folk songs with Quint”.
Published: March 29, 2012 at 4:00am EDT
2020 Clean Water Dr
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