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In which we break our cardinal travel-writing rule to never write about ziplines.
As a travel editor you’re governed by a few general rules. You ask yourself, “would our readers actually go here?” before commissioning a story. You have to generally avoid Chechnya, the Pakistan-Afganistan border and other “hotspots”. And never write about ziplines.I don’t have anything against ziplines—I actually often seek them out when I’m travelling with my kids—but as fun as they are, they’re impossible to write about without boring the reader to death. And by definition they’re the height of touristy, and as such, not much use of someone charged with uncovering the interesting in a place.So it’s with no amount of trepidation that I write the following words: Superfly Ziplines in Whistler are the best ziplines in the world. I’m not going to describe it, not talk about butterflies the stomach, harnesses or insert a colourful story about my fellow trekkers. Instead I’ll offer this:1. 100 km/hr. +2. 600 feet above valley floor.3. Over a kilometre long.They’re definitely the best in Canada, they’re the best I’ve been on ever, and save for some deathtraps in Costa Rica and a very cool one in Mexico where you go into a cenote, they’re the most exhilarating to boot. They’re good enough to break the rule for–that good.PS: There are two zipline operators in Whistler. Both are good. Superfly, however, is great.
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