Autism Hampshire's very own Mira Kleisner who works at Head Office in Whiteley, had an incredible experience in Nepal - she did the world's longest zip wire, an unbelievable 1,800 m long. Not only did she get up to speeds of 120 kph but she raised some much needed funds for Autism Hampshire at the same time. Here is her account of what happened...
On the day, there was about 10 of us doing the Zipflyer
and we were given a ride to Sarangkot Hill (1,600m). When the minibus parked we
still had to walk uphill to the Zipflyer station for about 10 minutes, a path
of uneven stone steps. I started to regret my choice of foot wear (flip-flops).
When I finally got the top and caught my breath I was able to enjoy the view of
Annapurna range in the distance and, of course, the view down.
The organisers carried out a “safety test” or as I would
describe it: two of them just taking the ride down on the zip line. We then
awaited our turn to be called; there are two zip wires parallel to each other
so they do it in rounds of twos.
When I was called, they had to tie my flip-flops with a
string so they wouldn’t fly off during the ride! I was strapped in a harness
and was given a helmet but after seeing the drop down I wasn’t sure how that
would help. I had two ropes above my head; left rope for release in case I get
stuck on the wire and right rope for breaking in case I go too fast and have to
break myself – I was told that they will wave a flag at the bottom station if I
have to break and that the chances are 50:50…no pressure then! I placed my feet
against the metal door and they counted 3, 2, 1 and then the door was released,
and I went down – fast! They say that the ride is 2 minutes long but in the
moment it felt much faster. I had a brief moment of panic and screams followed
when I suddenly turned sideways due to high winds but the views were
breath-taking and I started the relax the closer I got to the bottom. At the
end it was a smooth ride and, thankfully, I didn’t have to use the breaking