On 10 May I was invited to a birthday party for Heidi Williams to be
held in Otepلل - the sports capital of
Estonia. The activity for the day was a 'ropes course.'
So here I am about 5 meters up on the first 'training' course learning
how to use and trust my harness while using steel 'ropes' (cables) to
cross between trees.
A picture of me and Tonis Piip before we started the grand adventure.
Parts of the course were really tiring and required a surprising
amount of upper body strength. At the end of each stage, however, there
was a zip line - lots of fun. Here I am zipping down a long cable after
Eric Piip goes out on to the line while Rob Dunbar waits for his turn. I
think there were about 20 of us all together.
Heidi (on the left) and her husband Brian. Brian is in the US military
and works at the Baltic Defense College here in Tartu. They live in
North Carolina/Virginia when in the US.
A picture of the worst of the course - if you look closely you can see
the lines and bits for part of the 'trail' in the trees. I did it
After we finished the ropes course, we had a picnic party. The wind was
up a bit so Heidi had to blow out the candles on her cake in a sheltered