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Vista Lago Adventure Park – Tolosa Press

Vista Lago Adventure Park – Tolosa Press

Vista Lago Adventure Park April 1, 2015 Tolosa Staff Read article on tolosapressnews.com Story and photos by Gareth Kelly What weighs 230 pounds flies at over 30 miles per hour and has an enormous grin on its face? I do after finishing the last zip line at the new Vista Lago Adventure Park at Lopez Lake in Arroyo Grande. Opened in December 2014, the rope adventure course and zip lines have already been a big hit with locals and tourists alike adding to what is already a popular recreation area. “These types of zip line courses are very common in Europe,” said owner Bill Thoming. “There are 600 in France alone. We used those courses as our inspiration and after over a year and a half of planning and meetings we finally opened.” Feeling all pumped to get out the course I ‘roped’ in my friend Zeke as my man date for the day. After stepping into our harnesses we were introduced to the ‘smart snap’ our new best friend for the duration of the course. “The smart snap technology has really changed the game for rope courses,” said Thoming. “Until a few years ago people would always have to be clipped on to the wire by an actual person at every station change. With the smart snap you are free to move through the course without a guide from station to station.” The smart snap karabiner requires you to safely clip onto the new line before allowing you to disconnect from the old one, so you are always connected to the course. Up on the course we started... read more
Adventure time: Vista Lago Adventure Park challenges and delights

Adventure time: Vista Lago Adventure Park challenges and delights

BY ADRIANA CATANZARITE View a slideshow of Vista Lago Adventure Park. Let me just get this out there: I hate heights. That’s mostly because I’m deathly afraid of them, but I feel like I have a right to. This hatred of mine is not altogether unwarranted. I mean, when you’re at a birthday party at a rock-climbing gym, and you get so scared when you reach the top that you can’t move and your dad has to go up and get you, it kind of ruins the adrenaline-boosting experience. This happened to me last week. Just kidding, I was nine, but it was still traumatizing. So when I heard about the Vista Lago Adventure Park at Lopez Lake, I was a little apprehensive. I mean, it sounded really cool. But it also sounded like the thing that I would be really pumped to do, and then at the very last second I would chicken out. I had the same experience with Supreme Scream at Knott’s Berry Farm. I immediately had visions of me frozen with fear at the edge of the zip line, everybody staring and whispering, and someone calling my dad on the phone so that he could come and get me. Of course, he lives about 4-1/2 hours away, so that really wouldn’t be that plausible, but whatever. The point of telling that embarrassing story to a bunch of people I don’t know is that I decided once and for all to rid myself of this debilitating fear of heights. What if I wanted to climb Mt. Everest one day? I mean, I don’t think I will,... read more
New Attraction opens at Lopez Lake

New Attraction opens at Lopez Lake

New Attraction opens at Lopez Lake Read article on santamariatimes.com Staff Report December 19, 2014 Vista Lago Adventure Park, the first new attraction at Lopez Lake Recreation Area in decades, officially opened Thursday. The side-by-side high-ropes challenge course and zipline park offers more than 50 elements of varying difficulty, from the Lower Course for beginners to the upper Double Black Diamond course, according to co-owners Scott Schirmer and Bill Thoming. Four ziplines totaling more than 2,100 feet include two high-speed lines out to Vista Lago Point. The park also includes a 40-foot free fall called Quick Jump. Schirmer and Thoming said they hope the park will not only be fun but also intellectually stimulating, promoting “education through adventure,” which they said is the overall goal for the parent company they created, EcoLearn LLC. “We’re hoping to get people outside away from video games and television,” Thorning said. Adventurers on the high-ropes courses wear harnesses hooked to safety wires and face a series of such challenges as wobbly bridges and cargo nets held up by wooden poles. Lower course challenges are suspended 10 feet to 15 feet above the ground, while the upper course extends to 35 feet in height. After participants cross each challenge, they can rest on wooden platforms. After about 10 challenges, they reach a large platform with railings where they may rest before climbing down or riding out on a zipline. Admission prices are $12 for a one-time pass through the lower course, a single zipline ride or a Quick Jump. For $55, visitors get 2 1/2 hours of unlimited upper course and zipline use. For... read more
SLO County Parks Newsletter

SLO County Parks Newsletter

From Mariposa Newsletter October 2014 edition The Board of Supervisors has approved a new concessionaire for Lopez Lake Recreation Area. Vista Lago Adventure Park is…

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Lopez Lake gets new concession

Lopez Lake gets new concession

San Luis Obispo County will host the region’s first freestanding aerial challenge course, entirely suspended off the ground, when Vista Lago Adventure Park comes to Lopez Lake in mid-August.

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Heres the first obstacle on the Black Course.. how are YOU going to do it? 🤔🤔🤔

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GERONIMO!!

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At Peru's sky-high hotel, thrill-seekers can stay in a glass pod on the side of cliff

Ok, were not going to do this at VL but are you kidding me?!! The only way to get to your glass room bolted into the side of a mountain is to..

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