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Treetop Climbing in Denmark | European Journey Journal

Denmark is the second flattest nation in Europe, solely surpassed by The Netherlands by a mere 4 metres above sea stage. With so little elevation, it’s no surprise that one of many highest hills in Denmark, with a hovering 157 metres, known as “Sky Mountain”. 

However the Danes don’t let a scarcity of peaks get in the way in which of climbing: They head to the bushes as a substitute. Right here, within the crowns of majestic beech forests, you may get near part of nature solely reserved for winged creatures whereas difficult your coordination expertise – and acrophobia.

There are greater than 20 so-called excessive rope parks in Denmark. From HighPark in South Jutland to Klatreparken Aalborg in North Jutland, and likewise a number of on Funen and Zealand, these climbing parks provide an lively outside journey for the entire household.

Security first

It’s a thrill to problem your self by scaling tough obstacles many metres above the forest flooring, whereas having fun with the gorgeous woodlands and outside in Denmark. And there’s no have to be afraid of falling down: safety measures are very excessive and introductions are rigorously undertaken.

Widespread to all of the excessive rope parks is placing on a harness, very like rock climbers use. On these harnesses are totally different sorts of safety methods, all designed to maintain you firmly connected to the protection wires. Some rope parks, like Gorilla Park, use a system with two snap hooks, the place one hook should be locked to ensure that the opposite to open, thus at all times securing you to the protection wire. Others parks, like HighPark, use a harness with one carabiner that may’t be opened and a intelligent wire system, that means that you can transfer rapidly by way of the tracks. Some parks like HighPark and GoMonkey additionally make use of helmets as an extra security characteristic.

Earlier than climbing up the bushes it’s important to bear security and climbing directions, and all parks require you to undergo some beginner-level tracks earlier than venturing greater up, so as so that you can familiarize your self with the gear.

It’s additionally price noticing that some parks have minimal top necessities, should you convey your youngsters, or a most weight restriction, if that’s a problem.

Enjoyable, thrilling and difficult

What makes excessive rope parks a lot enjoyable, is on one hand the psychological problem of navigating many metres above floor, retaining your potential acrophobia in test, and however the bodily problem of overcoming obstacles, utilizing your stability and core power.

Extra usually that not, we see youngsters darting by way of the tracks whereas their dad and mom are panting behind them, struggling to maintain up. It’s possible you’ll be stunned to see how simple your youngsters navigate the obstacles, all of the when you fear concerning the variety of issues that may go incorrect (which there CAN’T). This makes excessive rope parks an ideal household journey, as everybody can take part on the identical stage.

We spent 4 hours in Gorilla Park. It’s located just some kilometres from Vejle, that boasts many different outside experiences, they usually provide a number of kilometers of excessive ropes programs with greater than 100 climbing parts in 1-26 metres of top. The totally different climbing programs have diversified ranges of issue, making it potential for households with youngsters as younger as 4 years previous to benefit from the park.

We additionally loved climbing for 4 hours in HighPark, situated in a stupendous tunnel valley in South Jutland. HighPark affords 6 totally different tracks of various issue with a complete of 18 enjoyable zip-liners alongside the way in which. In addition they provide the particular expertise of really sleeping within the treetops, however extra about that later. Your youngsters have be no less than 6 years previous and 120 cm tall to go climbing right here.

Widespread for all of the excessive ropes parks is overcoming totally different sorts of obstacles in your monitor by way of the treetops. Maybe it’s important to maintain your stability whereas treading on wobbly logs, perhaps it’s important to climb throughout a spidernet formed internet otherwise you’ll should swing your self on rope, Tarzan type, to get throughout. Likelihood is that you just’ll work up a sweat very quickly, and by the tip of your roping journey your arms can be spent. It’s an effective way to train your core power, stability and your coordination expertise on the identical time.

Sleeping within the foliage

After a protracted day within the treetops, pretending to be Tarzan, it’s possible you’ll not have had sufficient of the woods. It’s fairly addictive, we could admit. To finish the woodland expertise you possibly can sleep within the stunning, architect designed, hanging shelter in HighPark referred to as “The Nest“. Designed by proficient architects and constructed by an area shipbuilder, this prize-willing droplet-shaped dwelling up within the bushes is an ideal strategy to finish your outside journey. The spherical, hanging shelter has mattresses, so all you could convey is your pillow, sleeping again and sheet or quilt beneath.

It’s soo soothing to curve up beneath the cover, and be gently rocked to sleep by a night breeze, whereas the trickling stream within the tunnel valley clucks a lullaby and also you attempt to make out the celebrities by way of the foliage.
There’s room sufficient for a household of 4 with two younger youngsters and bogs are shut by. You may also have dinner within the close by restaurant referred to as Pancake Home, the place you possibly can feast upon these big plate-sized pancakes with savory or candy filling. The great folks of Genner Hoel Tenting, that run the campsite, excessive rope park, shelter and restaurant, also can make a breakfast platter for you, so you possibly can proceed munching after a very good evening’s sleep.

All that contemporary air actually provides you an urge for food!

Treetops for all

In the event you’ve obtained a toddler too younger for climbing, or maybe you’re a bit challenged within the strolling division, there are different, much less arduous methods to go to the treetops. The 45 metre excessive Skovtårnet, or Forest Tower, within the forest of Gisselfeld Convent in South Zealand, means that you can stroll alongside a kilometre lengthy, raised footpath, which meanders by way of the forest earlier than you stand on the foot of the prize-winning tower. Then you definitely enterprise upwards, spherical and spherical, at a gentle 7,5 levels till you, after 12 circles, attain the higher platform, 140 metres above sea stage and might take pleasure in magnificent views so far as Copenhagen.

There are additionally numerous free – albeit not as grandiose – methods to go to the treetops. There are a number of a whole lot of so-called Chicken Watching Towers. On THIS MAP you’ll find all of them. Some are mere viewing platforms, others are distinctly towers, situated at wildlife hotspots from the place you possibly can spot birds and beasts from above.

Regardless of its flatness, Denmark affords many probabilities to see the world from above. It might be the dearth of hovering mountains that permit you to take within the countryside, which have the Danes taking to the bushes. Reality is, that we love our forests and need to expertise them to the fullest. So, go away the city bustle behind and take to the woods.

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