Common Words for Ziplining Geeks

Here’s a little something especially prepared for all you ziplining geeks out there who love googling about words they are not familiar with. This is a list of the most commonly used words in zipline tours and adventure activities. If you want to add a word of your own to this, let us know by leaving a comment below. 


A transportation system or piece of recreation equipment consisting of a cable stretched between points of different elevations, a pulley, and a harness or bar for attaching a rider who moves by gravity.


Zipline Cable

A thick rope used for ziplining activities.

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A wheel with a grooved rim around which a cord passes, which acts to change the direction of a force applied to the cord and is used to raise heavy weights.



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A set of straps and fittings by which one is secured to try the zipline ride.

Zip-line Trolleys


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A trolley is an object with wheels that is used to transport to and fro. The zip-line trolley is the frame or assembly together with the pulley(s) also known as sheave(s) inside that run along the cable. (The term “trolley” is more often used when this assembly consists of more than a single pulley with simple hanger and bearing.) Often more than one pulley is used to spread the load over more than one spot on the cable, to reduce cable bending stresses that may lead to metal fatigue and cable breakage.



A lanyard is a cord or a strap worn around the neck, shoulder, or wrist.


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The recreational activity of travelling on zip lines is referred to as ziplining. Zip lining is a popular activity around the world and there are innumerable exotic locations worldwide and in India as well where you can try this out.

Flying Fox

A synonym for zipline.

The term “flying fox” is most commonly used in reference to a small-scale zip line typically used as an item of Children’s play equipment, except in Australia and New Zealand where it also refers to professional forms of zip-line.


A helmet is a form of protective gear worn to protect the head from injuries.

Bungee cord

A bungee cord (sometimes spelled bungie), also known as a shock cord, (occy strap or octopus strap in Australian common usage) is an elastic cord composed of one or more elastic strands forming a core, usually covered in a woven cotton or polypropylene sheath.

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