Nomads Outdoor Adventure
By KATELYN KELLEHER
SOUTH WINDSOR - You don’t have to be Tarzan to venture high up into the forest canopy. The new Nomads Outdoor Adventure in South Windsor brings nine acres of treetop fun.
Six different courses suited for various skill levels incorporate 250 feet of zip line ropes as well as 84 different elements--all at up to 60 feet in the air. The trails traverse over beautiful woodlands and ponds. The courses are suited for ages seven and up.
The eco-friendly park has been built with as little environmental impact as possible on the acreage. Any wood that was removed during construction was reused for the course. Before the park opens each morning, employees complete a safety check of each trail.
A trip to Nomads begins with a demonstration of the park’s hydraulic system safety harnesses over a mock course just a few feet off the ground. Visitors are clipped onto a secure line at all times by at least one of two clips on the harness--if one is unclipped, the second will not unclip until the first is secured again. A park employee demonstrates the obstacles, including rope bridges, ladders, platforms and a zip line, before visitors are set off on a path of their choosing, suited to their skill level. The challenge levels include two yellow courses, two green, one blue and one black, which is the most challenging and ends with a 60-foot “free fall.” Visitors are free to enjoy the park at their own pace, with no “hand-braking” or “catchers” required at each platform, thanks to a passive gravity braking system.
“It usually takes about 20 minutes per course, with the black course usually taking between 30 and 40 minutes,” said Nomads Manager Sam Leonardo. Admission includes three hours of climbing time, and Nomads welcomes individuals and families, groups and parties. Season passes are also available.
The park, which opened last month, has been particularly popular for corporate outings, also has summer camp groups looking into field tripping to the park.
Nomads Outdoor Adventure is a fun twist on a traditional workout, Leonardo added, and would be a great option for CrossFit athletes.
Nomads Outdoor Adventure, 240 Governors Highway, South Windsor, is open from 10 a.m. to dusk every day. For more information, call 860-436-5467 or visit www.NomadsOutdoorAdventure.com.