Madelein, Lee Ann, and I did the King Kong course at Herb Hillz in Daegu. This course ranked 3 out of 4 stars in difficulty. Those stars were well deserved.
In reviewing my pictures, the crazy high rope ladder was not the first obstacle. It was the entrance to the obstacle course. (can you sense the sarcasm?)
Obstacle One: This was actually pretty easy. It was on a strong incline so I think that actually made it easier.
You can’t tell, but that’s me.
And that’s Lee Ann.
Obstacle Two: I forgot to take a picture of this one. It was just a bridge to walk across. No big deal.
Obstacle Three: The first zipline.
Between Three & Four was the worst ladder I have ever had to climb. It should have counted for an obstacle.180 degrees with no floor below you. Yes, you are connected at all times so you won’t actually fall to the ground and break your neck, but it was painfully difficult. Probably the hardest part of the entire course actually.
Obstacle Four: Our second zipline.
Obstacle Five: This is where it got rough. Our first actually intimidating bridge. This one had Madelein sick to her stomach.
Such a trooper.
Obstacle Six: Hard.
This made me ill. You had to Tarzan swing across the bridge and each of the steps were about 6 feet (2 meters) apart. No bueno.
Obstacle Seven: A very short wire walk. This shouldn’t have counted as an obstacle.
But it was a nice little breather after the last two.
Obstacle Eight: Another zip line.
Obstacle Nine: I have no idea.
Obstacle Ten: Another net to walk across.
This time it was on a decline. I was tired so I tried to scoot down on my bum. In cargo pants. That was a monumental fail.
Madelein did this one far more gracefully than I did.
Obstacle Eleven: Tree Surfing.
I don’t even like skate boards on land much less when I’m 100 feet off the ground. No bueno. My heart skipped a few beats here.
Again, while you are on each obstacle you are always connected to something. You aren’t going to fall and/or die. But it’s still a little disconcerting at times.
This is where my camera died.
Obstacle Thirteen: Another net to walk across.
This time it was only about 2 feet wide, with no sides. It was our cat walk. America’s (and South Africa’s) Next Top Model style.
Obstacle Fourteen: The Tightrope
Divided into 5 different sections were about 150 feet (purely speculation on my part) of cable that we had to walk across. At each division you would have to maneuver your way around a tree walking only on wire. These trees didn’t have landing platforms like the other obstacles did.
Since we were almost at the end we could see the rest of our group waiting towards the training area for us. We spent several minutes suspended on wire screaming to get their attention. I wanted pictures of this.
Obstacle Fifteen: The Final Zip Line
There were a few little kids that were so excited watching Madelein and I fly down. We had to wave at them.
This is also the only zip line that I didn’t land and had to crawl my way back to the end. And, of course, it’s on video.
We made it back to Daejeon around 11:30. The new Mexican restaurant, Daejeon Cantina, was waiting for us knowing that we were getting back in town late. We went out for a quick dinner and I was home and in bed by 1:30 completely exhausted from the day.
Such a cool way to turn thirty. Thanks Korea!
(And thanks to everyone that I stole videos and pictures from!)