We think he should try another activity.

Author:Gilmore
Position:BACK BLAST & OTHER HOT GASES
 
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Riding zip lines is a growing fad, very popular in resorts, and considered more thrilling than more common activities like riding monster roller coasters or parasailing behind a speedboat. You've seen zip lines, right?

You start from a high tower, hold on to a loop over a descending line, leap off and go zippin' down the line really, really fast, gaining speed with every foot of descent, but coming to a nice, safe stop at ground level. The most exciting ones are suspended over canyons or rivers, or run from a photogenic peak down to a flat area. The key to a survivable zip line ride is the brake.

Seemingly enchanted with the idea, a 45-year-old fella living near Kelso, Wash., built his own zip line setup. He apparently only got two things wrong: First, the brake...

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