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Flashback: Backyard Zip Line

“You could buy a dinky, ready-made kit with a short zip line for the kids, but why not make your own industrial strength zip line that will support the heaviest of neighbors? It’s a fun project you can tackle in a weekend. You can order all the parts on the web for less than $300.” Thus begins this blast from the past, the Backyard Zip Line project from our Geek Outdoors issue, MAKE Volume 05.

Got a slope on your property? Need a fun toy for summertime? Pick out your 2 trees, order supplies, clear the path, and get your build on. Here’s the article in our Digital Edition so you can check out how author Dave Mabe set his up and get started planning your own.

And for infinitely more fun in the Geek Outdoors, pick up a copy of MAKE Volume 05 in the Maker Shed. You’ll learn how to make high-powered water rockets, electricity-generating windmills, a jet engine in a jam jar, and oh-so-much more.


I'm a word nerd who loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon. I was an editor on the first 40 volumes of MAKE, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. In particular, covering art is my passion — after all, art is the first thing most of us ever made. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for untouched powder fields and ideal alpine lakes.

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