If you have ever watched an old movie and wondered what it might be like to be Tarzan, then Treetop Quest Philly is the place to visit.
Located in the outer edge of Fairmount Park, high in the trees, is a four-acre, self-guided obstacle course with levels to test any adventurer.
“Every day since I joined Treetop Quest Philly, I get to come to work here, “ said Scott Ireland, Operations manager at Treetop Quest Philly, at the grand opening, “in one of this city’s greatest natural resources. Treetop Quest Philly is another opportunity to showcase Philly’s natural resources to its residents.”
While for some, the view from the bottom of the trees to course in the branches may seem a bit intimidating, those helping out around the park make it seem just as easy as walking on the ground.
Every visitor is strapped into a harness that contains a safety line on the right and a zip-line wheel on the left. Then comes the quick instructions and a small trial course.
After that, you are off. Each level adds a little more adventure and height to your quest.
Level 1 is not too intimidating. Looking down, anybody could believe if they fell, the landing wouldn’t be so bad.
Of course, you are hooked on to a guide wire the entire time, so falling is impossible.
That doesn’t mean you can’t dangle for a little bit, though.
Several of the obstacles on Level 2 take a bit of practice to get through. A series of dangling ropes hanging from the safety wire can make it a perilous climb.
After one fall in the middle, somebody could be heard saying, “Now I know what Spider Man goes through.”
Of course, it can be a little nerve wracking. Basically, you have use your upper body strength to pull yourself back on to the ropes while dangling about 3 stories up in the air.
Luckily, those watching along the safety of the ground are cheerful while they help you find the best way back to the line. Knowing you won’t go all the way crashing to the roots does help you to be a little more adventurous.
Level 3 of the quest is probably the most fun. It’s mostly all zip lines. While not jumping vine to vine, you can get that Tarzan vibe.
The highest and most difficult, at least as reported by those who have done it, is Level 4. While the earlier levels can be done by staying on your feet, the top level’s obstacles use just about every muscle in the body. From moving along a ladder above your head to actually swinging from that rope, it’s not for the faint of heart.
All of the courses is a good workout and can bring out a lot of laughs in the trees.
There is also a Chick Pea course for those adventures under the age of 6.
TreeTop Quest Philly is open weekends until June 9, then everyday throughout the summer from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The last entry to the course each day is 5 p.m.
There are plans for some special events through the year, including night climbs. The course is also available to groups outside of normal business hours.
For more information and make reservations, check out www.treetopquest.com/philly.