As we have enough interest, this is confirmed for August 19th.
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For those who haven't done this before, treetop trekking involves moving from tree to tree on suspended platforms. Zip-lining involves sliding down a line (in a harness). These are all safe as you are attached to safety lines. If you were to fall, you would not be held responsible for damage to the platforms or for the tree branches that break off when you come tumbling down.
There are a few restrictions:The maximum waist measurement of the harness is 110cm (43 inches) and the leg loops (which go around the top of your thighs) measure 70 cm (27 inches). If your statistics are close to or exceed these figures there is a possibility you may not fit in a harness and therefore will not be able to participate on the Treetop courses. (Waist measurements should be taken above the belly button; males weighing 250 lbs (113 kilos,) and females size 18+ are likely to be in this category). In short, maximum weight is 250lbs, minimum height is 4'7", and maximum height is 6'4" (see also http://treetoptrekking.com/barrie-faq.html).
Getting there: We have enough people offering to carpool, so I won't hire a bus. Closer to the date, I will co-ordinate rides. There is a suggested contribution of around $20 per passenger for gas (to be finalized).
The Agenda for the Day: We should leave Toronto around 9:15 am, to arrive at the site at around 10:30 - 11:30 am. There is about 1 hour of preparation, after which we are taken to the trees, where we spend around 3 hours trekking and zip-lining. You can do as much or as little as you please. (Please note that participants may look different from those shown in the photographs - one of them will look like myself).
What to wear: It will almost certainly be warm, so wear comfortable clothing in which you can move freely. Wear sturdy shoes (open-toed shoes and sandals are not recommended). Although not necessary, you may bring gloves if you wish.
Picnic afterwards: I thought we would be a little hungry afterwards, so I thought a picnic would be welcomed. For the picnic afterwards,bring your own picnic lunch (and snacks to share if you are in a generous mood). We should have the use of benches and tables, but if you prefer to sit on the grass, bring a blanket on which to sit. Bring lots of drinking water (preferably in a reusable container - lets try to be Green!).