Go Ape! at North Myrtle Beach’s High-Flying Zip Line and Ropes Course

By:Marie McAden

Date:8/3/2015

Go wild on your next Myrtle Beach vacation. Better yet, Go Ape!

South Carolina’s first combination zip line and ropes course offers participants the chance to make like a monkey and swing from the treetops. Located in the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex, Go Ape! is a high-flying adventure attraction designed to test your brawn and challenge your bravado.

It features 40 obstacles, including seven rope ladders, an assortment of tricky bridge crossings, two Tarzan swings and five zip lines — two across a 25-acre lake. And you don’t have to worry about crocodiles lurking below in anticipation of a vine malfunction.

Using a fail-safe system of pulleys and carabiners, participants are securely harnessed into overhead cables as they traverse five sections of the self-guided course built high in the trees of a wooded area of the park.

Before you set out on your forest adventure, you’ll receive 30 minutes of training on the safety system designed to ensure at least one carabiner is secured to the overhead cable at all times. The carabiners, instructors explain, “talk to each other,” so if one is detached from the cable, the other cannot be removed.

As soon as you arrive at the first station, you quickly realize this canopy tour is not for the lily-livered. At the start of each section, you have to ascend a jiggly rope ladder to a platform towering as high as 60 feet.

And that’s just the prelude to the challenge elements. To get from one treetop to the next, you have to navigate your way across obstacles bearing names like “Zigzag Bridge,” “Tank Trap,” “Flying Carpet” and “Jungle Crossing.” Each requires a different kind of dexterity, strength or tenacity to surmount.

One of the most difficult is called “Twister,” a narrow rope bridge resembling a DNA double helix. As you step on the small logs that separate the strands, the structure twists, throwing you off balance.

The Tarzan swing requires both moxie and muscle. On this particularly harrowing element, you have to jump from the platform on a rope attached to an overhead cable, swing across to a rope net and then climb up the swaying web to reach the next station.

The zip lines are an equally exhilarating leap of faith. Each of the five sections ends with an adrenaline-generating glide — one over a swamp and two over a lake — to a mulched landing ramp. The grand finale zip starts from a 64-foot platform and stretches 918 feet across, picking up speed as you descend to the ground.

It takes two to three hours to make your way around the six-acre attraction. There is no time limit, so you can navigate the course at your own pace.

Cost to Go Ape! is $57 for adults 16 and older or $37 for kids ages 10 to 15. You have to be at least 55 inches tall and weigh no more than 285 pounds to participate.

For more information or to book your Go Ape! tree time, call 800.971.8271 or click here.

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