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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 degree. With so little elevation, it’s no surprise that one of many highest hills in Denmark, with a hovering 157 metres, is known as “Sky Mountain”. 

However the Danes don’t let an absence of peaks get in the way in which of climbing: They head to the timber as a substitute. Right here, within the crowns of majestic beech forests, you will 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 in addition a number of on Funen and Zealand, these climbing parks provide an lively out of doors 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 attractive woodlands and outside in Denmark. And there’s no must 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 similar to rock climbers use. On these harnesses are completely different sorts of safety techniques, all designed to maintain you firmly hooked up to the security 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 security wire. Others parks, like HighPark, use a harness with one carabiner that may’t be opened and a intelligent wire system, that permits you to transfer rapidly by way of the tracks. Some parks like HighPark and GoMonkey additionally make use of helmets as an extra security function.

Earlier than climbing up the timber you must endure 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 peak necessities, in the event you deliver your children, 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, holding your attainable acrophobia in verify, and then again the bodily problem of overcoming obstacles, utilizing your stability and core power.

Extra typically that not, we see children darting by way of the tracks whereas their dad and mom are panting behind them, struggling to maintain up. You could be shocked to see how straightforward your kids navigate the obstacles, all of the whilst 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 degree.

We spent 4 hours in Gorilla Park. It’s located just some kilometres from Vejle, that boasts many different out of doors experiences, and so they provide a number of kilometers of excessive ropes programs with greater than 100 climbing components in 1-26 metres of peak. The completely different climbing programs have various ranges of issue, making it attainable for households with kids as younger as 4 years outdated to benefit from the park.

We additionally loved climbing for 4 hours in HighPark, positioned in a good looking tunnel valley in South Jutland. HighPark gives 6 completely different tracks of various issue with a complete of 18 enjoyable zip-liners alongside the way in which. Additionally they provide the particular expertise of really sleeping within the treetops, however extra about that later. Your children have be a minimum of 6 years outdated and 120 cm tall to go climbing right here.

Widespread for all of the excessive ropes parks is overcoming completely different sorts of obstacles in your monitor by way of the treetops. Maybe you must maintain your stability whereas treading on wobbly logs, perhaps you must 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 top of your roping journey your arms might be spent. It’s an effective way to train your core power, stability and your coordination expertise on the similar 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 might admit. To finish the woodland expertise you’ll be able to sleep within the lovely, architect designed, hanging shelter in HighPark known as “The Nest“. Designed by proficient architects and constructed by an area shipbuilder, this prize-willing droplet-shaped dwelling up within the timber is an ideal method to finish your out of doors journey. The spherical, hanging shelter has mattresses, so all you’ll want to deliver is your pillow, sleeping again and sheet or quilt beneath.

It’s soo soothing to twist 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 children and bogs are shut by. It’s also possible to have dinner within the close by restaurant known as Pancake Home, the place you’ll be able to feast upon these large plate-sized pancakes with savory or candy filling. The good individuals of Genner Hoel Tenting, that run the campsite, excessive rope park, shelter and restaurant, also can make a breakfast platter for you, so you’ll be able to proceed munching after evening’s sleep.

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

Treetops for all

If you happen to’ve received 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, permits you to 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 gradual 7,5 levels till you, after 12 circles, attain the higher platform, 140 metres above sea degree and may 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 Hen Watching Towers. On THIS MAP you’ll find all of them. Some are mere viewing platforms, others are distinctly towers, positioned at wildlife hotspots from the place you’ll be able to spot birds and beasts from above.

Regardless of its flatness, Denmark gives many probabilities to see the world from above. It could be the dearth of hovering mountains that assist you to take within the countryside, which have the Danes taking to the timber. Truth is, that we love our forests and wish to expertise them to the fullest. So, depart the city bustle behind and take to the woods.

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