The Pittsburgh Mills Sky Trail Adventure Rope Courses ~ Rain Can't Spoil The Indoor Fun
By: Terry Macri
Posted: Aug 21st, 2015
Meet Walter Pyle, The Pittsburgh Mills Sky Trail Course Manager
We had our Grandson last Wednesday and Thursday. We wanted to have one last hurrah before he went back to school for the year. They were calling for rain on Thursday, so we were at a loss for things to do. Then I remembered I had tickets to the Pittsburgh Mills Sky Trail Adventure Rope Courses. What better way to make a 5 year old boy happy than to give him free rein to climb around on a bunch of rope courses.
When he seen how high the Rope Course was, he was a little scared, but then he seen the Sky Tykes Rope Course that is designed for kids less than 48 inches tall. Whew!! That kids course saved the day. I told him to walk around on the Sky Tykes Course and then if he felt brave, we would go to the larger course.
Before you even start the course, a certified officer puts you into a full body harness and a sling line that they insert into an overhead track. You will not be unhooked until you return to the ground.
The Sky Mills Adventure Rope Course offers a 32 foot aerial Sky Trail Explorer. It includes rope ladders, cargo nets, zigzag beams a plank and a zipline. Yes... I did say a zipline.
So back to my Grandson. After about 10 minutes of walking around on the Sky Tykes Rope Course, he decided he was brave enough to go up the steps to the larger course. We got our sling line hooked on us for the rope course, and up the steps we went. When we got up to the first level, he decided he wanted to go right back down. Man.... I wanted to get to that zipline. I had never been on a zipline and wanted to do it. So, back down we went. I passed our Grandson to my Hubs and told him to put him back on the Sky Tykes Rope Course, then back up I went. I was going to make it to that zipline no matter what.
I can tell you, it is a little scary up there. Not sure why I was so scared because there were little kids up there walking the course like it was easy. So, I put on my brave face and slowly made my way to the zipline. I had to cross some pretty scary spots to get there. If there was a kid in front of me, I wouldn't get on the ropes until he was across. They made those ropes sway and I didn't want them swaying any more than necessary. My heart was hammering away! Finally,... I made it to the zipline. SO MUCH FUN!! After doing it once, I thought I was pretty slick and had to do it again.
Oh yes! This Rope Course had 2 levels. See me way up there? Thats as far as I got. Wow! That was a little higher up than I wanted to be. Even though I knew I was safe, I was scared. Just call me chicken little. The higher I got, the more difficult the course looked.
After we were all finished, our Grandson told me how much fun he had. The thing is.... I think I had more fun than he did.
Check out my video, I am on the zipline at the end!