By Miranda Piedra
BARTLETT — Recently, I was given the opportunity to test out the longest zip line in New Hampshire.
Last Thursday, members of the local media were invited to do the Ziptour at Attitash Mountain Resort before it opened for daily summer operations last Saturday. (Of course, Attitash is only one of many summer adventure attractions in the area. For more, see accompanying story.)
Coming from Texas, this is my first summer in the mountains. I had no idea how much I'd missed out on for the past 22 years of my life.
But before we could step foot on that first wooden deck, staring down a rope line that disappeared into the treetops, the seven of us had to get geared up with full-body harness, helmet and backpack for our individual trolleys.
Then we spent some time training at a small line a few hundred feet from the main building.
Joe Boccia, now in his third year of working with the zip line, taught us the motions of stopping, braking and how to keep going. He also supervised the two other employees who set up and removed our trolleys from the line.
Once we were thoroughly trained, we rode a shuttle bus to Bear Peak base.
An employee in a blue shirt with "Get AT It" printed across the back waited for us at the lift.
"The white and yellow lines are still wet — we just painted over them," he said as we approached. Four of us carefully stepped over them and positioned ourselves for the chairlift ride up to the summit, which took a little over 10 minutes.
We rode in two quads. I sat with Eric Marnich, his son Quinn and my co-worker Beka Blizzard. I listened as they discussed Attitash's slopes in the winter and turned to take in the beautiful scenery. Mount Washington and the Presidential Range rose behind me. At the top, I paused to take it all in and snap a few pictures of the sprawling landscape.
Then we walked down a dirt trail to the first, and longest, of the two lines, Flying Bear Zip.
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