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Sky trekking in Langkawi,Malaysia
Explore the jungle like Tarzan, going from tree to tree, a must do for adventure lovers
Sky trekking, sometimes referred to as air trekking is a very popular activity among tourists who are visiting Langkawi island in Malaysia. It is ideal for adventure lovers who are looking for a novel experience and it is a unique new way to explore the forest as well. You will be mostly going from tree to tree using cables and sometimes you will be climbing down rock slopes using cables as well. I suppose the most fun part is the "Flying Fox" where you glide across trees without much effort. Although you are secured to the cables throughout the event this is not an event for the light hearted. If you are afraid of heights then you might consider skipping this, because most of the action takes place about 10-30M above ground. If a software engineer like me who sits in front of the computer all day can do this, I guess it can be done by most people. They have being doing this for more than seven years and were selected as the "Best Adventure Tour Operator Malaysia 2003".
Getting to the Langkawi Canopy Adventure starting point ( 716 steps )
You need to hire a taxi to get there and since it is a popular tourist activity in Langkawi most taxi drivers know the place. Once you get there you will get your protective gear and they will check and verify everything is correctly strapped. You will get gloves, a helmet and drinking water. A towel is recommended to wipe the sweat and a small backpack is needed to carry these items. Its a good idea to empty your bladder before you start because it want be so easy to do this once the protective gear is attached to your body. Now all you have to do is climb 716 stairs to get to the starting point of the canopy adventure. The stairs are marked with numbers so you can use that as the motivation. You will be walking on cables and climbing down slopes so good shoes with a proper grip is a must.
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Starting the adventure
If you managed to climb the 716 steps you are more than ready to start the canopy adventure. They will do a final check of your gear before you start climbing the tree to get on the cables. The whole adventure had 8 steps and everything is listed down below with pictures
1 - Walking on a steel cable - 25m walk on a steel cable to get things rolling
The first step is a relatively easy one where you have to walk on a steel cable which about 25M long. It is not very high from the ground so it is a nice way to get you started. Balancing yourself is the hardest part and of course overcoming your fear is also important. If its any consolation you will be attached to the cable with two hooks
2 - Climbing the spider web - Things are getting a bit tougher
The second step is climbing a spider web to get to the place where you can start the third step. This is a bit challenging and requires some effort. Also you will be given a small lesson in climbing rock slopes, which will come handy in the next challenges. Its about a 10M climb but it is a bit tougher than it looks, especially if you are not used to climbing. Technique is important here so pay attention when the guide teaches you how to clime the web.
3 - Walking on two cables with a mixture of activities - More balance than endurance
The next step is more about balance than endurance. And this is the first time you will be given the opportunity to hook yourself to the cable. There are two safety hooks, so you can practice attaching yourself to the cable using one hook, while being safely attached to the cable with the other one. There are three activities with different difficulty levels, but it is fun.
4 - Climbing a tree - Mix of balance and endurance
In the next step you have to climb a tree to get to the starting point of the fifth step. You have to balance yourself on the small platform like things and use your hands to climb the tree. Not as tough as the spider web, but still requires some effort.
5 - Flying Fox - fly like super man
The activity with the most fun, you attack yourself to hook with wheels on the cable,, take few steps and jump. Its a great feeling when you are flying through the air, speed control is important though, I almost took out the guide while finishing.The whole thing is about 50M long so you will have plenty of time to hang in the air.
6 - Abseiling / Rappelling on a rock slope - Going down a slope using ropes
Abseiling or Rappelling means controlled descent down a rope and in this challenge you will climb down a rock that is about 5M in height. This is the highest point you will get in the adventure and there is a nice view from the top. The training you had just before the spider web will come in handy here. Although its a small distance its not so easy to make up your mind to rely solely on the rope and for me that is the biggest challenge in this step.
7 - walking on a rock slope - Easiest part in the challenge
This is a fairly easy step where you have to walk towards the final starting point, although very easy they take no chances here and you still have to hook yourself to the cable before starting this step. No wonder they have a great safety record.
8 - Abseiling on a rock slope - Longer than the previous one but much easier slope
This is the final step of the challenge where you have to climb down a rock slope again. Although the height is much great here ( around 30-40 M ) it is not that hard because the slope is less vertical. Nice way to finish off the activity. Then you have to take a walk through th jungle to reach the steps you took to reach the starting point. You will come out near the step number 220, so it will be a fairly quick climb down.
Important things to remember
Below are some important details you should remember when going on the canopy adventure.
- Proper shoes is a must - You will be walking on cables and climbing down rock slopes, you definitely need shoes with a good grip
- Bring a small backpack - It is tiresome and you need plenty of water. Bring a small backpack to carry water, try to carry at least two water bottles and leave the unnecessary items behind
- You can skip parts - If you are not comfortable about doing any of the steps in the adventure you can skip those parts. For example if you are having back problems you can skip the abseiling part or skip the spider web if you are not up to climbing