It was a trip to Zip World the other day, as I had been kindly invited by the team behind North Wales Pride and Beeutiful Day Events to record their fundraising as four of them hurtled down the side of a slate quarry on a zip wire called “Big Zipper” all in the name of charity.
I have to admit that I would never have done it myself, I’ve bungee jumped and much more, but I really don’t think I could have done this myself.
So we arrived around midday at Zip World, which is at Penrhyn Quarry, Bethesda. Grabbed the gear and settled down to wait for the rest of the team that would be taking part in the fundraiser, that would have them charging down at around 100mph and 500ft above the ground, on an around a mile in length of steel cable and not giving them much time to take in the amazing views, except while they were waiting at the top to race down.
Waiting to get going and catching up with everyone, you can hear the sound of the other people coming down the Zip Wire over head, with a sound akin to a small jet engine racing past, while sitting at the picnic tables, every once in a while a pair of racers would shoot over head to their final destination from the top of the Quarry, it didn’t look that fast, but believe me it is and looking up at the starting point it didn’t seem that high up, oh how wrong I was on that one!
As I mentioned earlier this trip out was in aid of raising money for North Wales Pride and Amy, Dane, Jo and Neet did a great job raising enough to do “Big Zipper“, as the four of them went off to a smaller zip wire first, I waited for a short while before being kindly taken to the top of the Quarry to set up and wait for them to arrive, this is when you actually realise how high up and how amazing the views are from the launch point and as the weather was so amazing, you could actually see the Isle of Man just in the distance on the horizon.
Sadly everyone else didn’t get the comfort of a Land Rover to travel up to the launch-pad, sorry folks, they get instead a rather bumpy red army style truck where they sit on the benches in the back to travel up the unforgiving slate road, before arriving at the point of no-return!
Once they had met me up at the top we all had a laugh and joined in with what a lot of people seem to do when they get to the top, grab a rather large piece of slate and scratch your name and the date of when you did the Zip Wire, seeing this was for North Wales Pride we all signed a big piece with the North Wales Pride and the date on it and then Dane, kindly posed for a photo.
So enough of the daftness, the serious time was about to come, the brief about what to do when travelling the wire and what to do when you get to the bottom, now this was the first time I’d seem them all looking so serious, so that meant it was time to get that candid shot to show just how something as fun as this still has to be taken very seriously.
It’s moments like these that I’m glad I’ve got the camera and noting stuff down for articles, like this one, I’m not the bravest person in the world and I think I really would have bottled out at this point, by these four were so brave and not one of them was going to back out of shooting down a wire at around 100mph for around 30secs, mind you it was the fastest way down, took me a good 15 minutes when I had to come back down when we had finished.
My proverbial hat goes off to all four, so brave to do what is the longest and fastest zip wire in Europe and let’s also not forget the money that they raised to take part.
After seeing how much they enjoyed the day and also how other people of all ages had loved the experience, I do have to say that I may attempt it myself for a charity event, may be next year, you just never know, but it has to be one of those things that you have to do before you can’t!
It may seem a little expensive at £50 to travel the wire, but everyone seems to think, after doing it, that it is well worth the money, you get to see amazing views and get one heck of an adrenaline rush.
So well done Neet, Dane, Jo and Amy, you’ve done North Wales Pride proud with your fund-raising and I will be seeing you all again at Hendre Hall on the 5th July for the North Wales Pride Event, thanks for asking me to cover the Zip World day and for asking me to cover Pride, it’s an honour to be asked.
All that leaves me to say is, if you would like to pop along to North Wales Pride it’s from the 4th July at Hendre Hall in Bangor and it’s going to be a blast and lots going on for all the family enjoy.
What’s that you want to see more photos of the day? Well ok then, here’s a lovely little slide show, just for you dear reader.
Created with flickr slideshow.
So there you have it folks, please don’t forget to subscribe top Blazing Minds for the coverage of North Wales Pride on the 4th-5th July. Special thanks to Emma at Cymru Pride and Deb from Beeutiful Day Events for inviting me, it’s always a pleasure to work with you.