Mountain Creek unveils TreEscape


Make text smaller Make text larger



Photos



  • Guests clipo harnesses to steel cables at the beginning of a ropes course.




  • Staff member Connor Collins demonstrates a challenging blue-route bridge.




  • PHOTOS BY ERIC GREEN Vernon Mayor Harry Shortway and Jeff Koffman cut the ribbon.




  • Day campers receive last-minute instructions from staff member Bobby Blair.



If you’re adventurous enough to climb into a harness and clip on to a steel cable up to 60 feet above the ground, then Mountain Creek’s new TreEscape Aerial Adventure Park may be the place for you.

Said to be Sussex County’s first ‘ropes course’, the park offers guests the chance to walk not only under the trees but in them.

Located on eight acres of wooded terrain at 414 County Road 517 in Vernon Township, TreEscape held its official grand opening with a formal ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, Aug. 4, at 10 a.m.

The ceremonial scissors were wielded by Vernon Mayor Harry Shortway, and Mountain Creek owner Jeff Koffman. Also present were Jason Bays, Mountain Creek’s chief operating officer, Tannie Horsefield, president of the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce, and Michelle Downtain, director of recreation for Vernon Township.

“This is a really cool course,” Bays said, in a short dedication before the ribbon was cut. “It’s not just for kids or adults, it’s really for everyone.”

Not long after the ribbon parted, kids from the Mountain Creek Day Camp and other guests began to queue up, ready for the day’s adventure. Their first stop was a rack holding some very impressive safety harnesses. Fortunately, staff members, Debbie Masiello, Bobby Blair, and Connor Collins were on hand to help guests securely strap into the complicated-looking rig. But if you think the cool get-up is only there for show, think again.

“There are two things you need to remember,” the staff told the group. “Only one person on a bridge at any time, and no more than three people on a platform.”

‘Bridge’, in this case, may be an overly optimistic description. One look at the tenuous rope, cable, and wood links strung between platforms, and guests should have little trouble remembering the first part of the safety equation. Venture onto one of the more challenging courses and you may be left scratching your head, wondering just how you plan to cross the yawning gulf in front of you, but it’s all part of the fun. Still, you’ll be grateful for the solid straps on your harness that keep you securely clipped to a strong steel cable at all times.

There are 10 courses in all in the park, each color-coded to indicate the level of difficulty. Yellow courses are the least strenuous, followed by green, blue, and finally black courses, the most difficult. But even the beginner and intermediate routes in TreEscape are challenging, requiring a fair amount of stamina and attention to balance.

TreEscape Aerial Adventure Park is open Monday–Friday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. For parents with children between the ages of four and six, TreEscape also offers a ‘Kids Park’. Reservations can be made on the TreEscape website: http://www.treescapemc.com/experience/.




Make text smaller Make text larger

Comments

Pool Rules



MUST READ NEWS

Image Tillie Smith just in time for Halloween
HACKETTSTOWN — Just in time for Halloween, Centenary Stage Company takes a chilling journey back to the final days of the infamous Tillie Smith. Over 100 years ago, the...
Image Stags advance in playoffs
The Sussex Stags defeated the Bronx Colts (New York) in semipro football on Saturday, Sept. 30. The final score was 33-20. The...
Image Song and Dance Men to launch Fringe Festival
Direct from New York City, Song & Dance Men launches Centenary Stage Company’s annual Fringe Festival on Oct.
Image Treasure Island coming to Newton
The Newton Theatre presents the fun-filled family adventure Treasure Island on Sunday, Feb. 25, at 1 and 4 p.m. Tickets will go on...

VIDEOS



Sign up to get our newsletter emailed to you every week!

  • Enter your email address in the box below.
  • Select the newsletters you would like to subscribe to.
  • Click the 'SUBSCRIBE' button.

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Community Newspapers


MOST READ

Local News
CLEAR introduced into Vernon
  • Oct 16, 2017
Letters to the Editor
Re-elect Jean Murphy
  • Oct 16, 2017
Local News
Vernon Valley Karate about families
  • Oct 9, 2017
Letters to the Editor
Council members not holding up sale of Faline building
  • Oct 17, 2017
Obituaries
Michael J. Esposito
  • Oct 13, 2017
Obituaries
Stephen McGoonan
  • Oct 13, 2017
Entertainment
Godspell finishes run at Cornerstone
  • Oct 9, 2017

MOST COMMENTED



Find more about Weather in Lafayette, NJ