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Group of girls excitedly rafting down the zoar gap
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package

Zip & Dip Trip

Ages

10+

Duration

Whole Day

Season

April–October

Location

Charlemont, MA

Intensity

Moderate

Price

Starts at $108pp

Mild

Chill – These trips offer a mellow outdoor experience with a minimal (but not non-existent) chance of falling out of the boat. They require a basic level of fitness.

Moderate

Looking to Explore – These trips have some exciting parts and some more laid back parts. They require a moderate level of fitness.

Wild

Epic – These are our most exciting trips.
They require a higher level of fitness and carry a higher chance of falling out of the boat in challenging rapids.

We offer a one-of-a-kind zip line experience at Zoar Outdoor. Our three-hour canopy tour consists of 3 rappels, 2 sky bridges and 11 zip lines that whisk you through breathtaking scenic landscapes from our locations across Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Connecticut. Our friendly professional guides help you navigate your aerial trek through the trees, teaching you the basics of braking and the proper riding position. As you make your way from tree platform to tree platform and disconnect from the everyday, you’ll find yourself connected to nature in a whole new way.

A Typical Day

Experience the Berkshire hills from two perspectives. Our Zoar Gap and Zipline Canopy Tour package combines our two most popular activities into the perfect getaway. This special package includes:

Zip Line Canopy Tour

Start your morning at 9 am with a three-hour tour through the trees. Learn about the trees at each platform and view the forest with a new perspective. The trip includes 11 zips, two sky bridges, and 3 rappels. Once your zip gear is put away, a zip guide will instruct where to go for your picnic-style lunch.

We provide a picnic-style lunch prior to our rafting trip, but you should plan on providing your own food for all the other meals. We do not use nuts in our food, but cannot guarantee that the ingredients in our meals do not contain nuts or other food allergens. If you have food allergies or other special dietary needs, we strongly suggest you bring your own bag lunch in non-glass containers and we will pack it with the other lunches on your trip. You’re also welcome to call our office at 1-800-532-7483 with any questions about the menu. If you intend to bring your own meal, please let us know ahead of time.

Zoar Gap Rafting

This half-day rafting trip startsat 12:30 pm and takes you down a section of the Deerfield River through class II and III whitewater. You will have the chance to admire the beautiful landscape of the Berkshire Mountain range with chances to dip your toes in and swim. The trip wraps up around 4:30 pm. You’ll have your afternoon and evening free to explore the local hiking trails or head out to see the surrounding towns.

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For Ziplining

Wear comfortable clothing appropriate for the season, but avoid loose clothing that could tangle in ropes or other gear. Skirts should be avoided. In late fall or winter months, it is better to come with too many articles of clothing than to come with not enough! We go in the rain, so come prepared with rain gear if needed. You should also remove any dangling jewelry and tie long hair back.

For Rafting

Expect everything you bring on the raft to get wet! Best options for clothing: bathing suit and/or shorts in the warmer weather, long pants and sweater made of wool, nylon, fleece, or polypropylene in the colder weather. Sneakers or other shoes that can get wet (no flip-flops or Crocs!) Cotton clothing such as blue jeans, sweatshirts, or t-shirts, is not appropriate for rafting since cotton keeps you cold when it gets wet.

What’s Included

  • Picnic Style Lunch
  • Zoar Outdoor issued PFD (Personal Flotation Device)
  • Helmet

Zip line canopy tours are open to anyone age 10 or up. Participants should be able to hike a short distance downhill and should be in reasonable physical shape. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. We have a minimum weight limit of 70 lbs and a maximum of 250 lbs. Since zip lining is gravity driven, we must adhere to these weight limits strictly for the safety of our guests. We reserve the option to weigh guests when they arrive to determine eligibility for the canopy tour. We can not allow pregnant women to zip. All zip line participants take part in a ground school before getting onto the actual canopy tour. At the ground school, participants must demonstrate the ability to hand brake, self rescue and follow directions from their guides before being allowed on the canopy tour itself.

For all of our whitewater trips, guests must be able/willing to do the following: Wear a helmet and our personal flotation device (PFD), respond to and follow verbal or visual instruction, roll from front to back in water while wearing a PFD, demonstrate dynamic sitting position (sitting upright), and float with feet up in water. Specifically for our beginner Zoar Gap trip, guests should be able to paddle in the rapids, but with frequent rests. Remain calm, lay flat, and orient their body so their feet are aiming downstream if they find themselves unexpectedly in the water. Our PFDs fit a maximum chest size of 56 inches.

Don’t forget to read your confirmation letter (there is a lot of useful information in there!). Call our office if you have any additional questions. We’re always happy to help!

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Matt and Abby were spectacular! Our entire group had a wonderful time because they were so professional and personable. This helped make a somewhat anxious activity fun for everybody!

Kristen M.