Flying over a quarry in the Welsh mountains without a care in the world. That is just how amazing it felt to tackle Zip World Titan.
Joe and I have been waiting for this weekend to come for a fair few months now, Joe mostly in excitement, myself more nerves! We were heading off to North Wales to have a go at the longest zip zone in Europe. A slight flaw in this plan was that I was pretty scared of zip lines… However, the key word in that sentence is ‘was’.
Making the most of the late May Bank Holiday combined with a few days annual leave gave us about 3 full days to explore what adventures Zip World and the surrounding area could offer us. So Thursday had us packing up and making the long 5 and a half hours drive from Devon to Snowdonia National Park. By late evening we were all pitched up, fed and ready to experience the adventure the following day.
An early start Friday morning as we planned to complete 2 of Zip Worlds activities; Titan and Fforest Coaster. This meant that we were in the first group on the zip wires. Having been informed to check in half an hour before we were scheduled to get started, we arrived at the Slate Caverns site at 9:30 am. Having been weighed, given our wristbands, hired one of their Garmin action cameras and met the rest of our group, it was time to be kitted up. Red jumpsuits and a harness to wear then we had to carry our trolleys too. The ever flattering outfit was then completed with a helmet and goggles. A quick briefing outside where one of the instructors pointed at the mountain in the distance and said ‘we are starting at the top of that’ and everyone’s faces dropped slightly.
Luckily we had a minibus to take us to the top of said mountain, where the Alpha line awaited. When riding the Zip World Titan each rider travels over 2000m of zip line, and the best part is that up to 4 of you can ride at the same time. Perfect for racing your friends down the lines. After madly volunteering myself and Joe to be part of the first group to go, my nerves were starting to show. The instructors were very calming and encouraging, which certainly calmed mine and a few of my groups’ nerves. A short countdown and the gates opened, away we go!
The Alpha run is just under 900m long and takes around 100 seconds to complete. Stunning views surround you but at the speed, you are travelling you don’t get much time to admire them. Before you know it your ride on the Alpha line is done and its time to tackle the Zip World Titan Bravo.
A short walk along a mountain footpath takes you to the starting point of the 2nd zip line. This zip line is slightly shorter but faster. On the day we completed the Titan there was a downwind on the 2nd and 3rd zip lines, this meant that we were being pushed by the wind. One great thing about that is that the wind would push us slightly faster down the line. Therefore some of us had to use our parachutes and others did a chicken wing arm technique. These techniques were decided by the instructor based on your weight that’s written on your wristband. Also, the Bravo zip line had smart tracker camera. When you scanned your wrist it activated the cameras to film you on the line.
All harnessed in and ready to go, this line goes straight over the top of the quarry which is pretty cool. Layers of slate piled around some of the entrance holes and tracks that were used when it was a working quarry. A different landscape from Alpha which was more grassy and on top of the mountains. Wiz down the line then after watching the rest of your group take to the lines its time to head slightly uphill to the 3rd and final zip line; Charlie.
It’s a bit of a touching walk up to the starting point of the final zip wire of the Zip World Titan. You will also find that its difficult to walk wearing your harness and carrying your trolley. So what is only a short hill becomes a bit of a tough climb. But once you get to the top, the excitement of the shortest and fastest line awaits. Again this line had a downwind so out came the parachute to help me reach a sensible speed to hit the breaking device with. This line also has the smart tracker cameras so don’t forget to scan your wristband! After the final countdown, the gates open and off you go zipping down the final line.
The view starts off similar to the Bravo line however you finish the zip wire going over the buildings you kitted up in and the entrance to another underground cavern attraction. Sliding to a halt at the bottom, the Titan adventure is over. Sadly you have to head back down to the de-kitting rooms. However, it’s then time to relive the memories by getting hold of your videos!
It really is an amazing feeling to soar across the quarry in this way, it was also a huge confidence boost for me! As someone who started the morning pretty terrified of zip wires, I left Zip World Titan loving the wires and seriously wanting another go. We had a group of 12 of us completing the adventure that morning and everyone left with huge smiles on their faces. That is what adventure is all about, that huge smile it brings to us.
Our next adventure followed that afternoon with a trip to the Fforest coaster, but for now, I am going to save that for another blog post. Be sure to check out the 2 videos embedded in this post. One of them is the video from the smart tracker cameras and the other is the footage from the headcam I wore. I will see you soon where I go and #ExperienceAdventure at some of Zip Worlds other activities.
See you next time and happy adventuring!
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