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By VINCE LUECKE
A new Perry County business is set to offer high-flying thrills to adrenaline seekers who will zip high through the canopies of trees and over water.
Dale and Jan Sprinkle own Eagles Wings Zip lines on Lorriane Road, just off Indiana 37. The latest and most local of regional zip lines, Eagles Wings will welcome its first guests later this month.
The Sprinkles found everything they needed in the 20-plus-acre site purchased last year. The area has a natural valley with stone outcroppings and its woods had not been harvested for more than 75 years. The tall trees offer the perfect locations for platforms that were built around and firmly attached high above the ground to the thick trunks.
In fact, Dale said local surveyor Glenn Etienne was able to take measurements with global positioning system instruments and many of the separate zip lines were charted out on paper before work began.
“We knew from those measurements that it was going to work and would be amazing,” Dale Sprinkle said. “
But no notes on paper can compare to the thrills visitors will experience by making their way through the canopy of trees and the lake that fills a portion of the valley between the two ridgetops.
Eagles Wings will offer eight separate zip lines, including a low-to-the ground experience that will be the first guests navigate. Guests can then choose between three routes, one of which will be entirely in the canopy of trees.
There are four lines over the lake, including a screaming 1,100-foot zip line Dale says has to be experienced to be believed. Weight guidelines are generous with anyone weighing more than 70 pounds and less than around 280 pounds.
In addition to the natural beauty of Eagles Wings setting, guests will see a restored barn that is being converted into a welcome center. The barn is original to the farm that used to be located on the property. Visitors will see a barn door etched with the names of Joseph, Casper and Andrew Damin. While it’s unknown who three were, it was clear when they were in the barn. 1907.
As part of the planning process for the business, he and Jan, often accompanied by friends, toured zip lines in Indiana and surrounding states. While thrilling on its own, the couple wanted to develop the best experience for guests.
“We looked at the experience and how their guests were taken care of,” he said.
The couple believe Eagles Wings offers a top experience that will begin with great customer service and a once-in-a-lifetime set of thrills that will have guests returning again anda again. They hope to draw plenty of local guests as well as summer vacationers and those traveling along Interstate 64.
Safety is a priority and the zip lines were installed by a company that has designed many of the nation’s top zip lines. Each group of guests, safe in harnesses and constantly tethered when they are off the ground and not connected to zip cables, will be accompanied by two guides, one of whom will lead the group. The second guide will help guests with their tether connections.
Eagles Wings is currently looking for guides. For more information, visit Eagles Wings Facebook page at Eagles Wings Zip line. The page has been recently updated with a video showing the longest 1,100-foot zip line with Jan as the rider.