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Hualapai Zipline

Posted: Dec 26 2017 2:27 pm
by hikeaz
Not really GC, so mods can move if apropos...

PEACH SPRINGS, Ariz. — The Hualapai Tribe is expanding tourist offerings at the west rim of the Grand Canyon.

More than 1 million people a year visit Grand Canyon West, outside the boundaries of the national park. It’s best known for the Skywalk, a horseshoe-shaped glass bridge that juts out 70 feet from the canyon wall and gives visitors a view of the Colorado River 4,000 feet below.

The tribal corporation that runs it recently opened a restaurant in a connected visitor center that had been the subject of a bitter dispute between a late Las Vegas businessman and the tribe.

In January, the corporation plans to open a pair of zip lines that will send guests nearly 1,000 feet above a side canyon. Each zip line will carry four people.

[ youtube video ]

In September 1980, Dar Robinson accelerated up a ramp on the edge of the canyon in his white Bradley GT sportscar. As the car fell, he leapt from the vehicle, parachuting into the abyss. A professional stuntman who doubled for Steve McQueen for a jump off a cliff in the moviePapillion, Robinson was denied a permit for the stunt from Grand Canyon National Park, so he completed the action on the Hualapai Indian Reservation for a reality television show called 'That's Incredible!'

Known as "Jetman," Yves Rossy is a former Swiss pilot who designed his own custom jet suit with four motors. On May 7, 2011, he glided 8,000 feet (2,438 meters) above the canyon floor (200 feet above the rim) for more than eight minutes, hitting speeds of 190 mph. The flight took place over the Hualapai Reservation's Guano Point (Bat Cave to some). Rossy propelled himself for five miles on his 6.5-foot (two-meter) wings, then opened his parachute and slowly descended to the canyon floor.

Kinda resembles Diamond Creek... [ youtube video ]

Re: Hualapai Zipline

Posted: Dec 26 2017 5:34 pm
by sidhayes

Re: Hualapai Zipline

Posted: Dec 26 2017 5:54 pm
by big_load
They should make users walk back to the start.

Re: Hualapai Zipline

Posted: Dec 26 2017 6:13 pm
by cactuscat
Good! They can build all sorts of stupid attractions out there, then the people who like that sort of thing can go there and hopefully stay out of the rest of the Canyon!