Posted by: ankneredelstein | June 21, 2009

AcroGivry – Treetop Adventure Course in Givry, France

The sky backdrop against one intersection of the children's course at Acro-Givry. (click image for larger version)

The sky backdrop against one intersection of the children's course at Acro-Givry. (click image for larger version)

For Father’s Day (celebrated June 21 just like in the U.S.) in Bourgogne, the family took Eric to “AcroGivry“, a high-wire, aerial forest adventure course in the forest just outside the village of Givry (we could bike to it if we wanted).  Priced at €10 for tykes (3-6 yrs),  €12 for kids (7-10 yrs), €17 for young adults (11-18 yrs) and €20 for adults, you get a climbing harness, instructions and a 6 hectare playground with 18 different routes, 1000 meters of zipline, including one 250 meters long. The park is divided into bambino, child and adult routes for beginners, intermediates and “sportif” levels of intensity and heights, all color coded like ski runs.  You can even do an adventure at night if you dare.

The staff is wonderfully helpful, instructive and supportive, especially for the littlest children who may or may not have the courage to complete some of the more adventurous courses without some assistance.  The kid’s routes are easily reached by extension ladders, and the staff is willing and able to climb up and help a reluctant child who needs a little encouragement to finish a section without freaking out.    Double-line carabiner safety lines are standard on the harnesses, (in excellent condition) which are also equiped with zipline trolley attachments for those sections requiring a glide.  The little children are outfitted with permanently-connected carabiners they never need to open while doing the children’s course, so they can never fall out of the trees – they have constant-loop connectors between sections (quite ingenious, actually) between trees so the little folks will never be “unattached” at any time!

The selection of routes is varied and ample! (click image for larger version)

The selection of routes is varied and ample! Routes are color-coded by difficulty using the same color scheme as French alpine ski pistes (runs). (click image for larger version)

The variety of courses and obstacles is superb, and the cable quality and maintenance seems very good. No frayed or aging cables or anchors, and each attachment point on every tree is well guarded with wood blocking and cable padding rings to prevent cutting the cambriual layers of the bark, so the trees remain healthy, flexible, sturdy and unaffected by the mouting points of the cable routes.  Some frayed netting or small holes in some netting is evident, but poses no problem to safety.

An excellent way to spend an afternoon, and you can get as high-up in the trees as you wish.  Don’t look down.  Picnic tables are on-site, and the park is very popular with the locals.  Great fun and adventure for the whole family.  Pack a picnic and go! Check out the photos here and on the AcroGivry website:

Section of the advanced course (we did not do this one - yet)

Section of the advanced course (we did not do this one - yet)

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