Ziprider – It Is A Scream! No Really It Is!

NEWS | | June 29, 2010 at 10:40 am

There have been so many adventures at Evo Conference (where I was giving a keynote speech) that I have been trying to wrap my head around them and finally decided I will write a separate post on each so that no post is too long to read and also you can choose what you want to read about. This blog is about news about also as a personal diary that I want to record amazing (and sometimes not so amazing) things in my life.

I had to mention my zipride experience. Let me tell you firstly – I DON’T like rollercoasters. I take height easily it is speed at a height that bothers me. Yes I have done most of the crazy rollercoasters and free-fall rides but have always been terrified. So when my friends were excited about it at the Evo closing party, I was not. I am game to try stuff but my insides were screaming in fear. On the other end I was tired of becoming a boring mommy. It was that feeling that compelled me to do the Up movie promo ride in the chair held by helium balloons.

I was psyching myself to do it but was thrilled when they told us tickets were all out for the ride. I bumped into a friend who had tickets but we had to use them right then and there. I was with another group of friends who were also anxious but game. We rode to the top of the mountain in those seats talking of our fears and giving each other supportive speeches.

Picture courtesy of Christine Young

We get to the top and I figure I am just going to do it! I decide I can scream my lungs off and then it would be over. Then I got braver and figured if I put myself through it I needed some proof. So I carry my flip camera. I was so unprepared when they opened the gates to let me in, I kept asking the guy if he had buckled me in. The 1st part was deathly scary – I felt like I was falling. Knowing that the top speed this ride reaches was 50 miles per hour is pretty scary stuff indeed. I screamed so if you are watching the video be warned!

And then something happened. I started to like it. No, I mean it. It felt like I was flying and I was one with the earth (or should that be sky?). I loved it. Would I do it again? Absolutely! Stay tuned for more #evoconf posts!

*Major thanks to the beautiful, and pregnant, Christine for that picture and for holding our bags too. Also to my partners in crime Lucrecer and Lorraine

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  1. 1
    Wifey says:

    Can I just say it was a blast! What fun! I’m so glad I was with you and Lucrecer! Thanks for helping me get over my fears!

    Winks & Smiles,

  2. 2

    I love this video! Glad you guys had a blast! So fun hanging with you at evo’10.

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    Rachael says:

    I have been WAITING to see this video go live! “I freaking love it”. My kids just watched this with me – we’re cracking up!

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    Sandy says:

    Great picture!! Niri it was so fun getting to know you better! I wish I would have thought to take a picture of me while I was going down like you did. Mine is ready for a post tomorrow or the next day. So funny!

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    Dada rockS says:

    Great video. I love the screaming! Wish we could have stayed for this alone!

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    Oh Niri! You are SO much classier than me! I am editing my video right now and I sound like an 8 year old girl, “Ohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh!!!!!!” And how brave were you?! I had the grip of death on my camera… I LOVE that you turned it on yourself! I am bowing at your awesome!!! :)

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    Krista Parry says:

    I am so glad that you decided to conquer your fear and take on the ZipRider! It’s definitely a memory you will always have of Evo Conf! Your video is just as inspiring as your keynote. Thanks for sharing.

    Park City Mountain Resort can’t wait to see you all again next year.

    Krista Parry
    Park City Mountain Resort

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    Glad you enjoyed your Ziprider experience. Now that you’re a pro and certainly brave enough, you’ll have to come back to Park City and try the Xtreme Zipline ride at the Olympic Park – the world’s steepest!

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