The YVR Bloggers at WildPlay Element Parks, Maple Ridge
On a sunny day not long ago, I traded in my flip-flops for a pair of closed toe shoes and headed to WildPlay Maple Ridge for an afternoon in the treetops.
The ropes, wires, and wooden platforms that make up the course are camouflaged quite well, so it was hard to imagine what we were getting ourselves into. After securing our harnesses, we headed over to the training course for a quick lesson on how to maneuver safely through the self-guided Monkido Aerial Adventure.
As we walked the pathway to the beginning of our escapade, we passed by the Monkido yellow level. For children ages 7 and up, this stand-alone section of the course offers a spot where Wildplay’s youngest adventurers can move comfortably through the games and zip lines, suspended between 1.5 and 3 metres off the ground.
Our group began at the green level, which marks the start of the four-part Monkido Classic course. At two metres off the ground, we stepped across suspended wooden bridges and games while getting comfortable with using our harness clips. Then we moved up.
Hanging out in the trees with fellow blogger Robin Wong.
Photo used courtesy of Hello Vancity
The Monkido Classic Course is broken up into green, blue, red, and black levels – with each one becoming more difficult, and higher off the ground. At the end of each section there is a drinking water station, as well as the option to come down via zip line or carry on to the next level.
I had a lot of fun participating in this adventure! I thought that the heights might bother me a little bit but – while it did make a few of the members in our group nervous – I found myself feeling absolutely invigorated by it. Unfortunately I had to head home to get my kiddos so I wasn’t able to stay to finish the black section of the course, but by the end of the red level I was proud of what I had accomplished. It was a great workout!
I made my way back to the ground, and then scrambled up another tree to try out the new What’s To Fear Jump before heading home. This was my favourite part of the day. Climbing the ladder to the top of the platform gave me butterflies. At 12 meters off the ground, the WTF Jump has you leaping feet first from the platform and free falling momentarily before landing on the forest floor.
Here’s the WTF Jump Official Release video from Wildplay Element parks:
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