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An intimate California zip line video tour at Yosemite Ziplines

In all the years I’ve lived here, I have never enjoyed a ride on a California zip line.  Being the adventurous person that I am, this may come as a shock to many.  After hanging out with Bryan and Vicky Saturday night in Mariposa, I had to try it.

After all, this was my birthday trip to Yosemite.  After a beautiful day of seeing Yosemite in winter all covered in snow, now it was time for a travel adventure.

California zip line Jeremy Branham Yosemite Ziplines and Adventure Ranch

A wild ride on a California zip line

On Sunday, I got my first California zip line experience – just one day after seeing Yosemite.  I have lived in California for nearly 12 years and in two days, I was seeing Yosemite and gliding through the air on a California zip line for the first time.

Bryan and Vicky promised me that a Yosemite zipline tour is easy at Yosemite Ziplines and Adventure Ranch.  However, I had some questions and needed answers.   So I did an interview with Bryan to find out what the zipline experience is like.

A California zip line experience at Yosemite?

Well, “No.”  But “Yes.”

For you adventure freaks, you’ll be a little disappointed.  However, there isn’t some huge zipline from El Capitan to Half Dome or Yosemite Falls to Bridal Veil Falls.  If you want a Yosemite adventure in the park, you’ll have to settle for climbing up those two big, beautiful rocks and a little extreme California hiking in the park.

(Just so you know hiking in California is different.  If you don’t believe me, check out my northern California hiking guide to see how beautiful and diverse it is).

However, Mariposa is just a few miles from Yosemite so you can actually go hiking, see Yosemite National Park, and have your own California zip line experience all in one day.

So being the adventurous person that I am, I put together this ziplining video with a GoPro camera so you can see what this zip line experience is like.

OK, I am lying to you.  But not about the video part.

As much as I love hiking and nature, I am not that adventurous.  In one of the most revealing, personal, and vulnerable travel posts I’ve ever written, I share some deep, dark secrets with these travel confessions from my mid life crisis.

I can be quite boring, don’t take that many risks, live two different lives.  Go read the confessions if you want to find out more.

However, I am not lying about the video of my California zip line experience.  But I do have another adventure travel confession to make.

At Yosemite Ziplines and Adventure Ranch, I lost my ziplining virginity.  I had never been on a zip line anywhere.

Jeremy Branham California zip line Mariposa

Very excited about losing my zip line virginity

As the time drew closer for that special moment, I wasn’t nervous at all.  As I got closer, I stood there looking at the green mountainous bosom before me.  There was a line between us but it didn’t matter.  I grabbed on tight and enjoyed a wild ride – seven times.

I don’t care if you’ve never experienced a California zip line – or any zip line experience.  This was easy and fun.  Anyone can do it.  Keep your feet on the ground, hold on tight, and enjoy the experience.

If you don’t believe me, watch the video from a few of the ziplines at Yosemite Ziplines and Adventure Ranch.  If you’ve never done it before or you’ve been afraid to try it, give your zipline virginity experience to them.  You’ll be glad you did.

After watching this video and seeing how easy it is, would you do a zip line tour?

If you think this was fun don’t miss my Yosemite in Winter photo series to see how amazing this area is during any time of year!

Jeremy Branham California zip line bean bag toss Yosemite Ziplines

Tossed my bean bag hoping to get it in the hole so I could win a shirt

Jeremy Branham thumbs up California zip line Yosemite Ziplines

Bag landed on the edge of the hole – disappointment on my face

Thanks to Yosemite and Mariposa Tourist Board for inviting me to spend a weekend in Yosemite and Mariposa.  Thanks for Bryan and Vicki for the zipline tour.  Experience Yosemite Ziplines and Adventure Ranch for yourself!  Get more information about the cost, tours, and experiences.

While this zip line tour was provided by Yosemite Ziplines and Adventure Ranch, the choice to lose my California zip line virginity was all mine.  All opinions are my own based on my personal experiences.

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  1. Looking good, Jeremy — I had my first zip-lining experience in Mazatlan last month. I was pretty scared beforehand — but when I landed on the last of the 10 platforms, I wished I could do it again. I’ll have to try it out at Yosemite sometime.

  2. Linda says:

    I tried it in Scotland years ago,and loved it! Wish I had somewhere local to see if I still do!

  3. I can see the appeal of this activity, and I would consider trying it once; however, I would prefer to spend my time in the backcountry of Yosemite.

    • No doubt. I could spend DAYS or even weeks exploring Yosemite. However, if you are there in the offseason or want something to do at night, this is definitely an option. It’s not in Yosemite so you could do it at night, on your way there, or when you leave.

  4. Jemma says:

    I remember my first zipline experience. It was not as scary as I thought even though I have a fear in heights. How long is the zipline at Yosemite?

    • Zip lining is pretty easy – especially at the Yosemite one. I think the longest one is 1000 feet so not bad. That may have been the one with the bean bag toss. They are all similar in length.

  5. Peter Lee says:

    This trip sounds great! Zipline adventure seem cool and the main thing I like is that it is safe as compared to cliff diving. This is a good choice for those who love but not for those who get giddy seeing heights. You look happy in your photographs. Keep enjoying and sharing.

    • Cliff diving is nuts! I’ve seen videos of that. I used to dive on a 10 foot board and it was scary as a kid. On a cliff? No thanks. Zip lining is nowhere near as scary! :)

  6. Cassie says:

    I’m terrified of heights so I’ve never had any interest in zip lining, but this one doesn’t seem too bad. Also, it seems slower than I expected. I’d do this one! A video preview like yours is great so you have a better sense of what you’re getting into!

    • The only height you have to deal with is once you are soaring on the zipline. It’s only a few hundred feet in the air and you are going so fast and looking around, you don’t even notice height at all. Getting on the zipline is so easy as you start and end on the ground for each one. If you’ve never done or are afraid of it, try the Yosemite ziplines one. Very easy!

  7. Laurence says:

    Love zip lining! And to reply to Cassie above – I’m not a big fan of heights either, but it never seemed to be a problem :)

    • Zip lining in Yosemite is really easy. You don’t get more than a few hundred feet off the ground but everything starts on the ground. I don’t have a fear of heights but this is easy enough that anyone could do it.

  8. You’re on a roll! Which “virginity” are you going to lose next?

  9. We love zip-lining! Glad you were brave enough to try it!

    • Nah, it wasn’t scary at all. I wasn’t even nervous. I had a lot of fun and glad I did it. Now to try something a bit more exotic. Yosemite Ziplines is perfect for anyone that wants to try it for the first time.

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