Ziplining and Kayaking Combine for a Great Day of Skyaking
By Enjoy Magazine
Fly & Float
Story by Aaron Williams
Photos courtesy of RealOregonExperience.com
READY FOR TWO ADVENTURES in one? Get ready for Skyak.
The brainchild of Jen and Darren Roe of Roe Outfitters and Crater Lake Zipline in Klamath Falls, Ore., combines a full day of zipline and kayaking into one memorable expedition. Participants first tackle the company’s nine zipline tree-to-tree canopy tour before a delicious picnic lunch.
After the meal, you change gears – and perhaps clothes – and head to a delightful afternoon kayaking on the tranquil water of Malone Springs in the Upper Klamath Lake wetlands.
Crater Lake Zipline provides the zipline, the kayaks and fun. All you need to do is enjoy what they call a “ROE – Real. Oregon. Experience.”
“We’ve taken the hassle out of planning a day-long adventure,” says Jen Roe, who opened Roe Outfitters in 1984 and opened Crater Lake Zipline in 2015. “Combining the two is a great way to spend a day and we’ve had people who’ve travelled far and wide to X, Y and Z looking for water or views tell us that what we have is second-to-none.
“It’s like someone telling you that your child is both beautiful and intelligent.”
Your day begins at 8:30 a.m. and wraps up around 4 p.m. and in between it’s nothing short of fun.
The morning offers sky-walkers a thrilling trip into the U.S. Forest canopy. Riders zoom through the upper reaches of the trees on nine ziplines at heights of up to 100 feet in the trees.
Along the way, zipliners are treated to 180-degree views of nearby Mt. McLoughlin, Pelican Butte, Brown Mountain, Upper Klamath Lake and Wetlands and the beautiful Fremont-Winema National Forest. Additionally, participants traverse two skybridges and conquer controlled rappels.
“Every platform has a great view,” Roe says. “Mt. McLoughlin is snow-capped and beautiful right now.”
The Crater Lake Zipline staff gives a ground school training session where participants learn how to use their gloved hand brake, sit in their harness and other basic, but simple, tasks needed for safety and to maximize the fun.
Participants need to be at least 10 years old and weigh between 70-250 pounds (don’t worry, you’re not asked to get on a scale, but discreetly weighed). The weight limit exists for safety reasons, the company said. Also, participants must be in relatively good health, not pregnant and not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
After a thrilling morning among the birds, a picnic lunch is served and guests are able to shift gears and clothes for an afternoon among the fishes.
The afternoon spent paddling on Malone Springs, a 5,000-acre freshwater marsh, is the tranquil yin to the morning’s exhilarating yang.
The marsh offers an up-close look into the complex and fascinating ecosystem where beavers, birds, fish and others creatures exist. You’ll paddle past things missed from a freeway and have time and peace to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.
“It’s a great way to spend a day,” Roe says. “The kayaking is 10 minutes from the zipline.”
Tours run typically three or four days a week. They usually need four guests to run a tour and can accommodate up to 10.
“It’s a great activity to do as a group,” Roe says. “We’ll split them up and send some kayaking and some ziplining and have them meet for lunch and they can’t wait to tell each other what they saw.” •