Adventure Seeker – A person who lives for the thrill of adventure. An adventure is an exciting or unusual experience that is bold and risky with an unpredictable outcome. Examples: Hand gliding, Rock Climbing, and Parachuting.
Passive Seeker – A person who likes to stick to schedules, routines and safe activities. They pride themselves on know what to expect next and understanding the risks that are involved in a certain situation. Example: Reading, Art, and Yoga.
What type of person are you?
I would describe myself as a person who love routines, rituals and the ability to predict what is next. I’m one of those Mother’s who has a specific place for every toy and I try to keep sets and like objects together. I live for structure and routine! I do the same thing every morning when I get up (i.e. check my email, brush my teeth, etc) and my kids have the same routine every night at bedtime (i.e. bath, Pjs, teeth, story, and kiss goodnight). It is not necessarily the best way to live and in some cases its a little OCDish, but as a working Mother of 3, it works for my family! It allows my children to know what to expect and it allows for a smooth transition between activities.
Now this doesn’t mean just because I love structure and crave routine that I’m boring! Every once in awhile, my adventure side calls to me and I do something dramatic (i.e one year I lied beside a 20 year old Tiger and had its paw around my shoulders!). This summer, my adventure side encouraged me to participate in Treetop Trekking by Arbraska.
The Birth of Treetop Trekking by Arbraska.
In 2001, while participating in an entrepreneurial course, Jean-Marie Bévillard (a native of France) created a business proposal for his dream business; Treetop Trekking. In Grenoble, France, Treetop Trekking is a huge sport and Jean-Marie was shocked to find that nothing like this existed in Canada. Impressed by the idea, his professor Stéphane decided to partner with Jean-Marie opening Treetop Trekking’s Quebec division in Rawdon, Quebec in June of 2002. Since then three other Arbraska parks have opened in Rigaud (2004), Mont St-Gregoire (2007) and just recently in Duchesnay (2012). It became such a big hit in Quebec, that the duo branched out to Ontario opening Treetop Trekking parks in Barrie (2006) Huntsville (2012) Ganaraska Forest (2012), and Brampton (August 2013).
What is Treetop Trekking by Arbraska?
Everyday on the way to work, I would see a huge sign for Treetop Trekking by Arbraska and everyday I would wonder what it was all about. This summer, I learned first hand and it is an experience I will NEVER forget!
In Treetop Trekking by Arbraska, you are suspended 20-70 feet above the ground as you attempt to make your way through obstacles and ziplines at the top of forest. These Aerial game courses are made up of things like suspended bridges, Tarzan swings, balance logs, cargo nets, cable traverses and of course zip lines! After reading through the website and reviewing their photo gallery, I was very motivated to try it! It is something I had never done before and an adventure I wanted to conquer. I was pumped until the moment I got there and reality set in! When I first saw the courses, I was petrified. They were so high off the ground and I was so inexperienced that I didn’t know if I could accomplish my goals. The best part about Treetop Trekking by Arbraska is the instructors! They are there with you the ENTIRE time. They can talk you through scary parts, they encourage you, congratulate you when you complete a course and they are constantly watching to make sure you are safe. It was very reassuring.
The day began with equipment instructions and safety check. Once you are suited up and ready to go, they take you to a practice course. This course, no joke, was 3 feet off the ground. They walked through the rules (i.e. NEVER be unattached!) and make you perform the mini course perfectly before you are able to go up in the trees. One of the things you had to pass on the mini course was the fall. They made you lean back and let your harness catch you. Of course you are only 3 feet off the ground, but it gave you the piece of mind to know that your harness will really support you if you were ever to fall on a course and it also taught you how to pull yourself up, if you should fall.
After you passed the practice course, you had to conquer the Curious Cub and Porcupine course (with their shorter zip lines and lower games) before moving on. Once you and the instructors felt you were comfortable, you could advanced courses like Tarzan with its high-flying Fly-Swatter game and the Flying Falcon (my favourite) with its 4 huge zip lines. The most challenging course in Ontario, the Timberwolf, is the most physically demanding course over 70 feet in the air! I did NOT attempt this course this time, it is a challenge I hope to conquer another time!
Your Treetop Trekking by Arbraska reservation gives you 3-hours of treetop fun and trust me but the end of the first three hours you are exhilarated and exhausted. It is definitely a physically demanding sport that requires a lot of upper body strength, balance and determination (not mention a love of heights!). Although, I love my routine and structured life, this is one adventure I am glad I took and I can’t wait to go back to!