A few years ago we decided that it would be a lot of fun to have a zipline in our backyard for the kids to use during our DIY summer camp! We certainly have plenty of large, solid, tall trees, and we spotted a potential “run” of around 150 feet in length with no obstructions blocking our path. Kits can be ordered online and easily installed! Here's how to build a backyard zipline!
Building a Backyard Zipline:
You'll need to start by buying a zipline kit. Here's the one we love:
This Night Riderz Kit comes with a 100′ zipline and all of the tools and detailed directions you'll need to install the zipline.
Here's what our set up looks like where the zipline attaches to the bottom anchor tree (where you finish the run):
My hubby will tell you that the hardest part of installing your zipline is getting the cable up high enough in the (starting point) tree so as to create a fun ride for the kids.
You'll also need a harness and trolley kit for your zipline! This one is similar to the one we use!
Some people build a ladder to use to climb up the tree and also build a small platform for the rider to stand on and “launch from”, but that would mean that an adult would need to be up on that platform too in order to make sure that the kids are securely in the harness, and the harness is clipped on to the zipline before allowing them to zip down.
Plus another adult would need to be at the bottom to help the rider unclip from the cable. We wanted to be able to play with the kids with only one adult around (as usually I am the only adult home during our summer camp days!).
So we decided to “load” the kids from the bottom of the zip line, and then using a leader rope, we pull them up the line to the top. We can then use the rope to give a running start to their trip or to control their speed (for a less daring rider).
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There is a tire is at the bottom of the zipline to stop the rider from hitting the anchor tree! The trolley kind of crashes into the tire, which delights the kids and slows them down before they get near to the anchor tree.
Please check out my DIY Summer Camp page for lots of ideas on how to host your own kids summer camp at home!
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- Free Family Summer Bucket List Printable
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- DIY Roller Coaster Ride
- Teach Your Kids How to Play Crazy 8's!
How much do you think your kids would love a backyard zipline?