Stood at the top of the Jebel Jais mountain, I can’t say i’ve ever had that feeling of wanting to quit so much. That feeling that what you’re about to do is absolutely ridiculous and why, why the fuck are you doing this.
I visited Ras Al Khaimah, an emirate in the UAE at the beginning of April and there had been one item of the agenda that I was trying not to think about: the world’s longest zipline.
I thought it would be fine, but seeing it was a whole different story. It was long. It was high. And I was about to do this.
There is video further down that I shared with Metro.co.uk on their Facebook page and beware I did swear!
We were first taken to a station where we were weighed and given equipment to take with us to the peak.
There was so much equipment it suddenly became a bit scarier.
Then we were taken in a bus to the top of the mountain. Both sides of the road were sheer cliff edges and I tried not to look.
I also remembered about my travel insurance. I’d just upped it to maximum coverage because well…..why not.
Then when we were finally at the peak, it was time to get strapped in like superman. Because of the sheer speed of the wire, we had to have our arms behind us, holding onto a piece of rope. We also had visors and a helmet.
It wasn’t long before it was my turn. I had told people at work before I left that I was doing the zipline and I couldn’t exactly go back and say I had chickened out. So there I was, head down, trying not to look at the mountain ahead of me, the roads below and the sheer distance I had to go.
I screamed. I swore.
Actually it wasn’t that bad, I thought to myself.
Oh wait. My visor is going up and down. I tried to scream again but I was going so fast that my mouth just wobbled. I must have looked hilarious.
The visor was now up and oh my god my eyes hurt.
I was over the mountain! I was over the road!
And then I had made it! The camera caught me celebrating being alive.
And then it was just one final zipline back down to the ground. It was a lot easier as well as you didn’t have to go down head first.
Once it was done we were sent a certificate with a picture of the Guinness World Records plaque just to prove that we’d done it.
While I can’t say i’d be back to do it in a hurry, i’m definitely glad I did it!