My dad has always told me that I’m an adrenaline junkie and I have to agree with him. So when I was presented with the opportunity to try out the Vigilante Extreme ZipRider at the Shepherd of the Hills, there’s no way I was turning it down!
I’ve been ziplining before, but this time was different. There was no harness fitting, no 10 minute orientation, no worrying about what would happen if I suddenly panicked and forgot how to use the brake — instead, it was a relatively worry-free experience. The ziprider is different in that all you have to do is sit in a seat, wait for the experienced staff to securely strap you in, and then you’re ready to fly.
When I signed up for this adventure, I was dressed in business casual attire and heels … clearly not prepared at all, but the staff was friendly and more than welcome to answer any questions I had and offered to store my heels in the small pocket attached to the back of my ziprider seat. This little pocket is a lifesaver for any sunglasses, shoes, cameras or phones that you don’t want to lose during your ride, so make sure to utilize it.
Once you’re situated you’ll launch your flight from the top of Inspiration Tower, 170 feet up in the air, and soar through the sky above the trees where you can enjoy the magnificent views of the beautiful Ozarks terrain. You’ll reach speeds of up to 50 mph as you zip down the line towards your landing point a half mile away.
The Vigilante Extreme ZipRider features an automatic braking system at the end that not only stops you from flying off into the forest, but also adds an extra little “kick” to the conclusion of your flight, so I rode carefree, with my hands and legs outstretched instead of clutching a brake as I neared my landing.
To all my fellow adrenaline junkies out there, or just those who want to try something exciting and new, the Vigilante Extreme ZipRider is a fun way to start off a visit to the Shepherd of the Hills Homestead. So definitely stop by next time you’re in Branson!
Inspiration Tower is located at 5586 W. 76 Country Blvd., Branson, MO 65616, just a three minute drive up the road from Cracker Barrel.
For more information or to get your tickets, visit http://www.bransonshows.com/activity/buyVigilanteZipRiderTickets.cfm.