TreeUmph Adventure Course – What a Thrill!
I am ridiculously exhausted. No, I mean it. I can write, but moving? Not going to happen any time soon after this treeumph-ant treetop adventure. And so I sit in my comfy inflatable bed in my aunt’s place in Tampa, writing about the amazing experience I just had. I won’t lie, the cuts and blisters on my fingers make typing this mildly painful. Worth it for visiting TreeUmph.
I came across TreeUmph in Southwest Florida while perusing places to zipline in Florida, ’cause you know, ziplining rocks. What I got, however, was something even better. While there are portions of the course that are ziplining, Tree Umph is essentially an obstacle course… in the air, above the trees. It starts off with easier courses low to the ground to get you practicing (great for those afraid of heights). There’s even a special kids course for the little ones. While they may be bad ass, they can’t reach high enough to do some of the other obstacles. Kids and their little arms.
Alas, my aunt and I are a little too old for the kids course. So we got straight to it. Tree Umph awaited us! (And for any older adventurers out there, no, there isn’t an oldies’ course, but you can get a discounted price if you’re 65 years or older!)
The first thing we noticed was how insanely friendly all of the staff were. Not some fake customer service friendly, it was genuine. You could tell they loved their jobs, and adored helping out those adventurers who came along. The knowledgeable staff taught us how to hook our harnesses onto the many wires to avoid tumbling to our deaths. Then the friendly faces sent us on our way. Here we go!
The adventure course has five different stages that go in order from “easy” to hard to measure your strength, agility, endurance, and nerves as you’re harnessed to equipment designed to keep you safe. Okay, the first ones looked relatively simple, but hell, I still had some close calls! Thankfully, we could do them with ease because we knew at any given moment, should we stumble, the harness would hold us safely in the air… floating about… unsure of what to do next. Still, no tumbling to our death was going to happen.
They had everything from hanging nets where you would feel the exhilaration of climbing and bungee swings to wobbly bridges and many courses involving swinging logs of different sorts. This adventure park was spectacular, with activities ranging from 15 to 60 feet in the air. It’s all build with rugged materials and highest safety standards. There’s also unlimited water so I didn’t have to carry around my bottle.
Wow, I just got up to grab my GoPro photos, which they kindly let me rent for free, and I’m not going to lie: my armpits stink. It was a workout for my unfit body, that’s for sure.
Exhausted at Tree Umph
But that’s part of the beauty here. The courses divide into five groups, increasing in difficulty, but you can drop out whenever you want and chill out on the trail below, watching others do the obstacles you just bloody well can’t do. After the first two sets of obstacles, my aunt was out. Happily out, but out. Despite not being in terribly good shape and being a giant klutz, I pressed on to the difficult courses. I wanted to see how far I could go before I had to drop out.
Another Reason This Place Rocks
One of the most comforting things about this adventure course is that if you’re in the middle of a course and just can’t make it any further, all you have to do is yell to a guide, and they’ll repel you down from wherever you are. And yes, they’d even do it if you were in the freakin’ middle of an obstacle, hanging in the air, unable to move to the next platform.
Despite my better judgement, after reaching level four, I decided to do it: I was going to try level five. I mean, it didn’t look way worse than the other obstacles, it was just super high up. Oddly, the height didn’t concern me, despite a need to look down to see where the hell to stand next.
How Did I Do?
Well, I made it through one single obstacle on course five. Yep, they had to rescue me. Mind you, they rescue many, many people, so it’s no big deal. No one judges you; rather, staff and other participants encourage you and think it’s awesome you tried. It’s important to know your own limits however, and I’d reached mine.
I was tired out, and on the last obstacle on the extreme course (a true test) my harness came in handy for the first time. Yep, I was hanging atop the trees by my harness. Somehow I made it to the other side of the obstacle, stood atop a treetop platform, and yelled for a guide. He monkey’d his way over and repelled me right down to the ground.
No matter how far you make it, you get to do a zipline at the end (there were many ziplines during the courses as well, but the long zip line – called the Triumph Zipline – awaits you at the finale). Not to mention it’s a 650-foot long zip line! My aunt and I strolled over, exhausted, and climbed the three sets of ladders up to the top before ziplining our way to the finish.
The lovely people here were kind enough to give me the tour free of charge in exchange for a review, but I’d easily pay to go back. The prices are reasonable, and it’s a several hour activity packed full of fun.
It’s all self-paced, rather than being with a tour, so no one is pressuring you to hurry up. If you’re slower, you just let any people behind you go ahead. Easy. Children ages 10 and over can easily do this. TreeUmph Adventure Course has really made it so that absolutely any fitness level and age can enjoy the park in all its glory, and honestly? I can’t wait to go back next time I’m in Tampa.
Plus, even if I find myself elsewhere in the world, there are tons of great adventure courses out there, and I heard they were opening another location (though I can’t for the life of me recall where – I will have to call and ask!) Though I’ve done a couple other adventure courses, this one is by far my favourite one. There was just something special about it that I can’t quite put my finger on. In any case, you’ve just got to give it a go. I’ll be back in Florida next year, and you bet your ass I’ll be doing it again!
But for now? I need a nap. Enjoy the video – gear for video has been rented from TreeUmph – so you can get a rad video too!