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Project Weather: Zip-lining Adventure in NH



    Meteorologist Nelly Carreno learns how to zip-line in the spring (Published Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014)

    (NECN: Nelly Carreno) - Winter is over, and that means it's time to put away your skis and snowboards - but with spring comes the opportunity to try new things, like zip-lining.

    For my first time zip-ling, I joined a group of eight brave beginners at Alpine Adventures in Lincoln, N.H., among them a couple on their honeymoon and a couple from Brooklyn, N.Y. who simply wanted to enjoy nature.

    We used a harness, several steel carabineers, a heavy duty helmet as gear to keep us safe as we zipped through the White Mountains.

    We jumped into a serious all-terrain military vehicle and went off-roading to the top of mountain, where Randy Farwell, co-owner of Alpine Adventures, explained the rules.

    - Helmuts have to remain on at all times.
    - Never go upside down
    - Never reach or grab the cable
    - Please refrain from profanity
    - If for some reason you don't make it to the other side, just stay there and someone from the company will get you

    If you're scared of heights, this is not for you.

    Zip-lining involves hiking, crossing suspension bridges and climbing 30-foot vertical ladders before finally getting to the platform where you'll make your leap of faith.

    One by one, I watched the others jump into the abyss - and then it was my turn.

    My first zip-line only lasted about 25 seconds, but it was long enough to feel a lot of adrenaline, excitement and fear before coming to my landing - backwards.

    the lines got higher and fast through the afternoon, and the last drop on the tour was so steep that I felt my stomach come out my through my throat - and I accidentally broke a rule.

    I landed safely though, and quickly realized that zip-lining was now my new favorite New England spring activity.