Zipline Guidelines and Standards

Carolina Ziplines looked to A & A Engineering to provide a set of guidelines and standards for the zipline industry. At the start date of this project, there were no guidelines or standards in place for ziplines.

Ziplines were originally designed as a facility to scientifically study environmental effects and ecology of rain forest in places of Central America and South Asia. Today, zipline rides are gaining popularity worldwide, as an eco-attraction and as a training and entertainment sport.

The concept behind the zipline ride is connecting two locations (stations), which have different elevations, by a steel cable, in order to transport between stations. The distance between the stations can range between 50 to 2000 feet. Individuals transport themselves between the stations by attaching a pulley to the extended steel cable and ride from the higher station to the lower station, while secured to the pulley by another cable system. The zipline can be built across a deep ravine or gully. It can be used in an amusement park as an entertainment attraction or in personally owned ranch for fun.

Typical Zipline Schematic

Zipline Courses

A & A Engineering has designed many zipline courses and provided consults to many zipline contractors.
Some of those contractors are:
  • Carolina Ziplines
  • Universal Zipline Technology
  • Gatlinburg Ziplines
  • Adventure Ziplines
The following pictures depict some of the different game course zipline and long run zipline styles that A & A Engineering has designed.

Zigzag Bridge Style Zipline

Balance Beam Style Zipline

Victory Bridge Style Zipline

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