How to make a zipline without trees

Build a Zip Line without Trees – Zip Line Stop

Want to buy a zip line kit, but don't have the right trees in your backyard? No problem! With a little know how you can easily put in posts and/or platforms to install your zip line. Let's get creative!


When installing an anchor for a zip line, you need to pay attention to a few crucial details. This part is important as most people underestimate how much horizontal force is applied during the zip line ride. It can be up to 3,000 pounds! Read this next part on how to build a zip line without trees.


Wood or Metal posts must be 12” diameter, minimum. Yes! That's a thick post, but it is necessary!

Posts must be sunk 4 feet in ground, or 10% of post length plus 2 feet (whichever is greater). Secure with concrete 6 inches thick around post. If your backyard has special conditions such as sand, loose rocks or water environments, please consult an engineer! 



What is a Guy Cable? Well it goes by many names (guy-wire, guy-line, guy-rope), but it is a tensioned cable designed to add stability to the zip line pole. In your case, it helps takes tension off the zip line as weight is applied horizontally.

Posts with Guy CABLES and ground anchor posts do not have to have the same diameter, but it must be 8 inches Diameter, minimum.

Cable attachment must be 12 inches from top of pole, minimum, and as close as possible to zip line attachment point.

Install Guy Cables at a distance equal to or greater than attachment height. For example if the height of your zip line on your wooden pole is 10 feet, install the Guy Cables at least 10 feet away.


The post should also be anchored from behind to withstand the weight and bearing load on the zip line cable.


Notice the slight change in elevation, this should be an approximate 6% grade but you can adjust this depending on how quick you want the zip line to move. Also many of these parts like the pulley, concrete, and chain can be purchased at a local hardware store and the zip line cable on this site.


There are few things to look out for when installing a zip line with no trees. Be sure you have at least 7 feet clearance all around the zip line ride. Also, to reiterate, be sure the post is secure in the ground! If you have a backyard that has loose soil or sand, be sure to consult someone!

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The kit that would be perfect for this type of zip line design that contains everything you need would be the Ultimate Torpedo Zip Line Kit. From zip line cable, to a durable trolley, to a safe and reliable braking system, this is our favorite kit.

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A Super-Quick DIY Zipline Platform (With or Without Trees!)

Wondering how to build a zipline platform—with ease? (This is Part 2, after the installation of our zipline.)

When we first installed our zipline, we hadn’t even thought about adding a simple zipline platform for it. (We were probably faaaaaaar too excited about the zipline itself to worry about such trivialities. See how we installed our backyard zipline HERE!)

However, as the weeks and months rolled on, the ladder we had to pull out for the kids started to become an eyesore. (Did you know they don’t design utility ladders to be aesthetically pleasing in one’s backyard? Shocker, I know.)

Here you can see Matt modeling our gorgeous metal ladder, which served as our backyard zipline platform for quite some time.

Thus our need for a DIY zipline platform became evident, and we looked for THE SIMPLEST way to do this!

PS: If you missed our post about installing the zipline itself, you can read that here.


Looking for the Simplest, Quickest Option!

The internet may be full of DIY zipline platform “how to” articles, but we failed to find any that were Simple with that capital S.

So we took a look around at some of the old wood and cast-offs we had from other projects, and found we could easily create our own backyard zipline platform out of those! (Sometimes simplest = no unnecessary trips to Home Depot!)

Two eager helpers assist in the building of our simple zipline platform.

Our #1 tip for a project like this would be to first look around you to see what you can utilize. (Especially with the price of wood soaring like it has been!) Because here’s the thing: so many projects need exact types of wood, sizes, and cuts…

…but a simple zipline platform does NOT need to follow a precise pattern. Hold onto your money and don’t spend it buying pre-made DIY zipline platform plans someone’s trying to sell you! As long as there’s a way for kids to climb up and stand on something before launching themselves into zipline oblivion, you’re golden. Live a little! Make it your own!😄

For example, we found that from our backyard poolside bar project, we had three 6×6″ post pieces leftover. (We kept them in a corner by our trash bins for over a year, knowing they would come in handy someday!) And when we ripped out the old wood cabinets in our garage, we had some old large, flat pieces from that.

These leftover pieces of wood could be combined to make a backyard zipline platform that would work for us!


Keep It Simple!

How to attach the posts to the flat platform top? Simple! All you need is two screws down through the top of the platform and into the 6×6″ post.

The great news is, there’s no need to make this complicated if you don’t want to. Because this is an outdoor, heavily-kid-used platform, you don’t need anything fancy—it’s all just going to get worn down, if we’re all being honest! And the fun they’re having on it is more important that how it looks…

That being said, have no fear—our DIY zipline platform isn’t always going to look mismatched and random…stay with me!


Building a Zipline Platform Without Trees

Quite often, people want to know “But how do I build a zipline platform without trees?”

The problem is the misconception that you need a tree to somehow support your platform, and this isn’t at all true. Your platform base can be built to support itself, whether or not you’re building a zipline platform without trees! (If you’ve read our first zipline post, you’ll know we installed 1/2 of our backyard zipline without trees!)

For example, our “tree” is really a Mexican fan palm in our backyard, and it’s in an awkwardly-sloped corner of the backyard. We toyed with the idea of building a platform around it, but in the end decided to nix that idea because of the way the girls play around it. (Their “Mud Cafe” is on the other side, and us building a platform around the base of the tree would have impeded that. And no parent whose child plays uninterrupted for hours with something will risk disrupting that magic for all the tea in China!)

And so, we built our backyard zipline platform to stand on its own four feet!

Next, we needed a fourth support and a way for the kids to climb up…


Building the Ladder

Because we only had three post leftovers from our backyard poolside bar project, we needed a fourth support. As mentioned before, we decided not to use the palm tree for this, so we took some extra 2×4″ wood scraps and cut one for the 4th support, then three horizontal pieces to serve as a ladder.

Because 90% of you will have uneven ground where you want to put your backyard zipline platform, you’ll probably need to do some adjustments to get the platform level.

We did this in two ways:

This zipline is currently selling for $10 off — buy it HERE!

#1) Shortened the back support closest to the palm tree by sawing it down 1-2″.

#2) Dug down into the ground a bit for two of the supports until the zipline platform was level. (As you can see below.)

You can see how the kids have already started using the area under the zipline platform to play in!😆 (Yes, your zipline platform can also double as a covered play area for your children, something I’ve thought about developing but almost seems unnecessary given the DIY playhouse we created…)

Still to be addressed is the funky cut-out corner from that old cabinet, pictured below.

Even though you can’t notice it from most angles, we’ll probably do something about it and we’ll be sharing that next week—how we’ll make this backyard zipline platform look a little more cohesive. (Still without spending too much time, effort, and money on it!)


Again, in the spirit of keeping everything simple, we didn’t do anything fancy to hide the way this was put together (such as hidden nails or screws)—we simply screwed the pieces into place and congratulated ourselves on not wasting an entire day building this zipline platform!

This zipline is currently selling for $10 off — buy it HERE!

In reality, it took less than an hour!

If you missed how we put in the zipline itself, that post is here!

Soon we’ll share how we’re painting and sprucing up our zipline platform. Until then, check out this list of our favorite outdoor play swings for kids! (“13+ Tree Swings For Kids Under $100!”) Or you can see what we did for a DIY kids playhouse, how we made the perfect kid-sized desks, or our recent cutting board DIY where the kids got to use power tools!

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Instructions for bungee to the cottage - children's cable car ZipLine

Dear friends, welcome to the world of cable cars! Surely, you have already watched the video on our main page and realized how popular this thing is in other countries. In Runet, unfortunately, we did not find such videos. Let's fix the situation together!

This manual describes in detail the rules for calculating and organizing the cable car. Read the instructions carefully before proceeding with the installation. Any cable car is an attraction of increased danger. Failure to follow these instructions and safety precautions during the installation and operation of the cable car can lead to serious injury. Therefore, we ask you to take a responsible approach to the construction of the cantata road.


The installation and use of cableways (trolleys, ziplines), braking systems for them, rollers, climbing equipment and other devices and systems associated with them is potentially dangerous in nature.
When purchasing, installing or using equipment and accessories, the Buyer agrees to:

1. Be trained and instructed in its installation and safe operation by a professional organization in the community.
2. Provide proper supervision, control and instruction (including the use of appropriate fall arrest equipment) for yourself and other users of the purchased equipment.
3. Ensure that all equipment is securely fastened, checked for damage and wear, and,
4. Assumes all risk and is solely responsible for any damage, injury or injury (including death) that may result from its use.

Information provided by Trosik&Rolik on, by phone, email or otherwise should not be construed as professional instruction or advice. Please contact the professional organizations in your area with questions about the installation and use of the purchased equipment and components.

Several key questions need to be answered when designing a cable car:

  • Which cable car length should I choose?

  • What is the best way to fasten the rope?

  • What should be the slope of the site at the location of the cable car?

  • What is the height of the rope at the start and finish?

Of course, the length of the cable car depends on the size of your site. However, practice shows that for children aged 5-10 years, the optimal length of the cable car will be 25-30 meters. With this length, it is easier to ensure good rope tension and a safe flight altitude. Measure the distance between the starting area and the finish line, add 2-3% of the length for rope slack. It is also necessary to take into account the margin of 1.5 - 2 m on each side for fastening to the support (it is required to wrap the support at least twice to ensure reliable fastening).

Trees are in most cases the best option for securing the rope. These must be strong and healthy trees, with a diameter of at least 25 cm + 2.5 cm for every 30 meters of rope. For trees of smaller diameter, it is necessary to provide stretch marks to compensate for the applied load. Pay attention to the slope of the barrel - it should be in the direction opposite to the tension (see Fig. No. 1). Dry and weak trees cannot be used for the construction of a cable car.

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As a support, you can use metal or wooden poles, which must be dug into the ground to a depth of at least 1 meter and have reliable extensions (see Fig. No. 2).

Fig. No. 1

Fig. No. 2

In the place where the guy wires are attached to the pole, it is necessary to provide locking brackets to prevent the cable from slipping. As stretch marks, we recommend a metal cable with a diameter of at least 4 mm, fixed with three (preferably four) stainless steel clamps. To protect a wooden pole from damage by a metal cable, use a regular garden polypropylene reinforced hose (Fig. No. 3)

Fig. No. 5

Fundamentally, according to the landing options, cable cars can be divided into two types - with a central (Fig. No. 6) and final landing (Fig. No. 7). In the first case, we have a safer option for the road, because regardless of the weight and the acceleration received at the start, the rider will naturally slow down to the end point of the route, and then simply roll down to the center of the road, where his friends will help him get off.

For lowering to the ground, you can use a standard stepladder or an attached platform. Be careful and prudent, there should be no obstacles in the way of a flying rider, always remove the stepladder (or side platform) immediately after disembarking.

The final landing option is characterized by high acceleration and requires the use of special braking mechanisms at the finish line (springs). In our experience this is the preferred option as it maximizes the length of the rope. At the finish line, the rider will be stopped by soft springs, which can even shake him a little. For many, this moment is the brightest and most attractive.

Pic No. 6 Center Landing Cableway

Pic No. 7 Cable car with final landing

For a cable car with final landing, the optimal cable tension angle is 5-10 degrees.

Please do not exceed this value. This is dangerous and may cause injury!

Calculation of the cable tension angle must be carried out according to the formula:


Rope length between supports when unloaded

The longer the ropeway, the higher the rope must be fixed. When the rope is well tensioned, its sag is 5% of its length. Thus, the height of the rope attachment is determined by the rider's flight height at the lowest point and the estimated slack in the rope. For a rope 30 meters long, the calculated sag is 1.5 meters. With a flight height of 2 meters, the total height of the rope attachment is 3.5 meters (Fig. No. 8).

Fig No. 8 Rope height calculation


Static rope, due to its greater sag than steel rope, is usually used for small areas. Fastening to the supports is carried out using knots. There are about 700 types of nodes in the world, each of which has its own characteristics. Their description is available in the specialized literature on this topic. In our case, we recommend using a bayonet assembly with a run-out (Fig. No. 9) This is a very reliable knot - it fits easily, never tightens, and is able to work under heavy loads. If you correctly form the shaft run-out, you can achieve additional tension on the rope.

Fig. No. 9 “Bayonet with a fence” knot

The rope is tensioned using a special device consisting of a metal sleeve and a threaded pin (Fig. No. 10). One end of the stud is fixed with a chain to the tree trunk, and the other end is inserted into the central hole of the tensioner sleeve and fixed with a nut.

Before assembling the tensioner, it is necessary to tie the Prusik knot so that the tensioner cables are of the same length (Fig. No. 11) . The Prusik knot has unique properties that allow it to be moved along the rope in any direction without load. Under load, the knot tightens and allows the rope to be tensioned.

Move the Prusik knot along the rope towards the start, thus ensuring the maximum initial tension of the ropeway. After that, insert the bushing into the stud and fix it with a nut. Further, the rope is tensioned by simply tightening the nut on the stud using a special ratchet wrench. The tensioner stud must be treated with Litol automotive grease.

Figure #10 Rope Tensioner

Figure #11 Prusik Knot with Tensioner Bushing

When the rope is properly tensioned, tie the loose end to a tree trunk or finish post. To do this, use the same node “Bayonet with a skid” (Fig. No. 9). After the rope is tied to the finishing point, remove the tensioner in the reverse order of installation.

For cableways, it is necessary to use a galvanized steel cable (rope) of 6x19 design+1x19 in accordance with GOST 2172-80 - Aviation rope (Fig. No. 12). This rope works stably in conditions of strong abrasion due to the presence of larger diameter wires in the upper layer. The use of ropes with fewer strands and wires is not recommended for safety reasons.

Figure #15 Brake mechanism

1 - steel washers

2 - springs

3 - PVC extension

4 - static rope (or steel rope)

Fig #3

If you are using a bolt with a ring to fasten guy wires to a pole, then always pass through the loop a backup steel cable with a carabiner for insurance, in case of low-quality structural elements.

An adjacent tree or a metal structure dug to a depth of at least 1.5 m can be used as an anchor. The budget option is a dug-in rim with a cable attached to it (Fig. 4).

Figure #4 Anchor options

The natural slope at the site of the cable car will compensate for the sagging of the cable and create the necessary gravitational acceleration for movement. If the site does not have any slope - it does not matter, the starting point in this case must be raised - by equipping a special launch pad or using a conventional ladder with wide steps (see Fig. No. 5).

After completing all the work on the tension of the rope and the brake system, you can proceed with the installation of the block-roller and the disk with the suspension system (see Fig. No. 17).

Figure #17 Pulley with disc

When the rope is high, the return of the pulley with suspension system to the starting point can be problematic. The solution could be an extra rope attached to the disc.

Pulley with handles must be put on the rope (steel rope) before assembly of the ropeway.

For long ropeways (more than 30 meters) it is necessary to use safety arbors or harnesses, which will be described below.

The disc seat is used only if the length of the cable car does not exceed 30 meters and the weight of the rider does not exceed 60 kg. If these indicators are exceeded, be sure to use safety arbors or safety harnesses.

1) The construction of the cable car, the launch pad and high-rise structural elements must be carried out in compliance with the RULES FOR LABOR SAFETY WHEN WORKING AT HEIGHT, developed by the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Russian Federation on March 28, 2014.

2) The cable car is intended for children from 5 to 14 years old. To prevent injury, small children should always ride the cable car under adult supervision and with the use of special devices, the so-called. safety arbors (Fig. No. 18).

Fig No.

18 Harnesses for children

It is recommended to use harnesses with a shoulder girth until about 9-10 years old. Since the skeleton has not yet fully formed in children and with the center of gravity of the problem, in an ordinary gazebo, the child can easily roll over. The arbor is attached to the pulley with a safety loop and a carabiner. Adjust the length of the belay according to the child's height.

Figure No. 19 Safety helmets

4) With a large rider weight, the sagging of the cable car at the bottom point can be critical and lead to touching the ground. To prevent such cases, it is necessary to test the cable car before opening it for skiing. The best way is to load the net with a load equivalent to the weight of the rider and launch it on the cable car. Water bottles can be used as cargo. Another way is to tie a rope to the rider's belt and, with the help of two reliable comrades, alternately release the rope and lower him down the cable car.

5) Risks :

The following risks must be taken into account and minimized:

Make sure that the ride participants are in good physical condition. Use special safety devices to prevent falls in such cases. Always have a first aid kit and emergency numbers on hand.

Always inspect cable car components, especially after a long absence.

Remove the caster and harness after riding to prevent this from happening.

Regularly check the trees at the start and finish points, as well as along the entire route of the cable car. The space along the entire length of the cable car must be free from branches and twigs.

  • Rope break

The breaking load of the static rope is 30.8 kN. This allows you to be sure of the reliability of the cable car. Rope breakage is possible only if it is damaged, so regularly inspect the rope for fraying and cuts. The service life of a static rope is one season. After the specified period, the static rope should be replaced. The steel rope is more durable and its term, depending on the intensity of use, can reach up to 3 years.

The warranty period for wire rope clamps usually does not exceed 6 months from the date of attachment to the rope. It is necessary to control this period and regularly change the clamps to ensure safety.


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Fly above the ground: 7 of the most unusual ziplines in the world

If you prefer an active holiday (and sometimes even tickle your nerves), it's time to try the zipline attraction.

What is it

Zipline, or trolls, is a high-speed descent on special mounts along a tight rope. Trolleys are usually located in picturesque places: over canyons, estuaries, gorges and forests.

Previously, trolls were used involuntarily, as an alternative to bridges, transporting both people and goods through impassable places. Today, ziplines are a popular pastime. There are more than 700 trolls in the world. The Challenger talks about the most interesting of them.

Zipflyer Nepal

The most extreme zipline

Troll Zipflyer Nepal is located near Kathmandu, Nepal's largest city, on top of Mount Sarangkot. The steel cable is located under a maximum slope of 56 degrees, the height difference is 600 meters, all this allows you to reach speeds of up to 140 km / h on the descent!

Vladislav Bogomolov

travel guide in Nepal and India

- I was descending at the same time as my girlfriend, and her enthusiastic screams echoed throughout the valley as we raced through the picturesque landscapes down the mountain. I wasn’t scared, but admiring the beauty of nature on such an attraction turned out to be very exciting. Together with Zipflyer, I bought a comprehensive entertainment package, including a bungee jump from a height of 70 meters and a paragliding flight - it turned out cheaper, and the experience was unforgettable!

ZipWorld Velocity2, UK

Fastest zip line

Trolls ZipWorld Velocity2 is located in North Wales. After trying this zipline, you will understand what the expression “ride with the breeze” means: here you can reach speeds of up to 160 km/h! The journey takes place at an altitude of half a kilometer above a picturesque quarry lake.

Martijn Plug


- I found out about this zipline from a YouTube video while preparing for a trip to Wales. The video was impressive and I immediately thought this is what I want! Getting to the zip line is easy, the instructors there are very friendly. The path began with a small zip line, so you could get used to the surroundings. When you finally reach the top, you think: ah ... - and then it’s like you’re flying. I really liked it! The only drawback: it's not cheap entertainment. And so I advise everyone to try the trolls, it's really worth it.

La Tyrolienne, France

Highest Altitude Zipline

Trolley La Tyrolienne is located in the Alps, in the resort of Val Thorens, and lies above the mountain gorges. The highest of all such attractions, La Tyrolienne is located at an altitude of 3,250 meters above the ground. The track here is 1.3 kilometers long - the speed on such a zipline develops up to 100 km / h. Another name for the attraction is the Tyrolean Ferry.

Jérome Cayrol


— It was a fantastic experience! It's great that a zipline ride across a mountain lake can be combined with other activities, such as tobogganing. In addition, the attraction is located in an exceptional location, which is beautiful at any time of the year!

Jebel Jais Flight, United Arab Emirates

Longest zip line

The Troll Jebel Jais Flight is located in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, on Mount Jebel Jais. The zipline was included in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest in the world. The track with a length of 2,830 meters is suitable for those who like to stretch the pleasure. Although in the case of a zipline, “stretch the pleasure” is nothing more than a figure of speech: on average, the descent lasts 2-3 minutes, while you can reach speeds of up to 120-150 km / h.

Asiya Shakirova


— I went to Jebel Jais with friends. Usually you need to sign up there in advance, but I was lucky: there were free places. The drive from Dubai is about an hour. The road is mountainous, very beautiful and, unlike European serpentines, not scary or dangerous at all.

We left the car in a special parking lot, and then we were taken by bus to the site itself. We took go pro cameras with us - helmets have recesses for them, but it is forbidden to shoot on the phone on the trolley. The attraction consisted of two parts: a prone flight and a seated flight. On the second part, I got stuck in half because of the headwind. The instructor helped me get to the final site. It was very beautiful all around! Tip for visitors: don't expect extreme sensations, it's more like a pleasant flight for a couple of minutes (while the preparations are forty minutes).

SlotZilla Zip Line, United States of America

The most unusual zip line

Unlike most ziplines stretching over picturesque places, SlotZilla Zip Line is located in the city - above the busy streets of Las Vegas. Tourists start at the height of an 11-story building and fly for five blocks, passing most of the way under the arches of a covered gallery.

Curt Carstensen


- The trip felt unique because of the people below and the colorful LED screen above. This trip was not like other ziplines. Trolleys usually lie in nature, and calmness reigns in the air. But at SlotZilla, you feel the excitement of the city. You're partying, gambling, and in less than an hour, you're soaring above the hustle and bustle!

Zip Line Through Paradise, USA

The most scenic zip line

Trolls Zip Line Through Paradise runs through the jungle at an altitude of 50 meters. A small height does not interfere with enjoying the incredible views of local rivers, waterfalls and exotic plants. After flying over heavenly places, you can swim in a waterfall or have a barbecue party on the beach.

Mauren Rouse


- The zip line is breathtaking. The staff are friendly and willing to share information that makes the trip even more interesting. On a zipline, you feel like you are flying and at the same time you feel relaxed - this is what I liked the most about the attraction. You fly past fruit trees and wild animals that roam around, see amazing waterfalls.

Zipline.Moscow, Russia

Nearest zipline

Another - Russian - trolls, although not the highest or longest, but at least to get to it, you do not need to overcome several thousand kilometers. The first Moscow zipline is located in Luzhniki at an altitude of 30 meters. Two people can go down the track at the same time, the speed on it develops up to 40 km / h.

Olga Pushkina

Zipline.Moscow visitor

— I often visit Luzhniki, so I was aware of the construction of the zipline and was looking forward to its opening. The first time I did not understand what to expect and was focused on following the recommendations, but the second and third I enjoyed and looked at everything around.

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