Saturday, January 09, 2010

Asia's Longest Dual Zipline is in Bukidnon

At 840 meters in length, only 160 meters away from the 1 kilometer mark, Dahilayan Adventure Park in Bukidnon has the longest dual zipline in Asia. It opened last October 2009 and is already a must go place when you're in Mindanao.

Thanks to Nick, we were there last Christmas holiday. None of us have ever been to Dahilayan Adventure park but locals helped us along the way. From Cagayan de Oro we headed to Manolo Fortich in Bukidnon. From there it was around 45 minutes of dirt road driving towards Mount Kitanglad.


We passed by Del Monte pineapple fields and numerous other crops that I only plant in Facebook's FarmVille.


Driving on a very long dirt road with all its ups and downs that makes the vehicle shudder and pitch in every direction plus the wide expanse of agricultural fields left, right, front and back was by itself an adventure already.

It was past noon when we got there. The weather was fine and the climate was cool. The park is actually twice higher than Tagaytay City and is nearly as high as Baguio City.

Zip3 panorama


There are plenty of pine trees and just look at these dwellings!



Piture taking muna. Smile!




Pati horse may picture taking.


All-terrain vehicles for rent.


Time to talk about ziplines.


Let's observe the 840-meter long zipline. How do you stop? The zipline has an advance arrester system not just an old automobile tyre or person as the stopper.

As you approach the end of the flight, acceleration caused by the pull of gravity is negated by the sag of the zip line cable where you zip along to the terminal point at already a slightly uphill incline. A heavy arresting block is waiting for you to give added deceleration (see the block at the left side of the pic below).


Up close and personal with the arresting block.


A ground crew stretching his arms wide asking you to follow what he does as he clips his arms close to his body.


You'll feel a gentle thud as the arresting block hits your trolley.


Then a series of quick interactions happen in order to stop your flight gently with the use of springs, bungee cords and pulleys.


If these fail, there's a big net farther behind waiting for you.
It was our turn to try the zip lines.


We started with the shorter spans to get the hang of it - literally.
This is the starting point of the 320 meter long dual zip line. See how small the landing point look like.


This is the view from the landing point.


The slide down was high but smooth and it gave us the confidence to do the rest of the course. It was a great start. The cold mountain air gave me shivers as I got of the harness. The next ride is a single zip line 150 meters in length.


This is Nick and Chic zipping down.



My wife as she nears the landing pad with the arresting block and landing crew waiting.


And me finally having my Kodak moment in the zip line thanks to the great shot of Chaz and Corrine.


There's also an elevated obstacle course an the lowest part of the park after you zip down the 150m line.


The helmets, harnesses and trolleys are brought back to the 320-meter flight deck by crews riding all terrain vehicles.


It was already late in the afternoon and the fligh deck for the 840 meter zipline was still packed. We decided to go home then return there in a few days. And sure enough as promised, we did. Watch for the next post about it soon.

Here's a short compiled video I took when in Dahilayan Adventure Park.

If you're going to Mindanao, this is a good place to visit.



tina said...

wow. how fun! havent been there yet... one day..

May said...

looks like fun! my family is planning to go tomorrow.=) thanks for this info this will help a lot since its our first time too.

Xpat said...

wow.. this is nice.. I didnt know about this

Anonymous said...

May i kn0w h0w much will it c0st f0r a ride in the l0ngest zipline? Thanks! Ü