Thursday, May 6, 2010

Navitat Canopy Adventures Coming to NC Mountains May 15

bringing a world-class canopy zip line tour to the mountains of
western North Carolina.

NAVITAT showcases the breathtaking natural beauty of a serene mountain
cove, located just 20 minutes north of downtown Asheville, N.C. The
canopy tour course is entirely tree-based and features 10 zip lines
ranging from 120 to 1,100 feet in length -- including one that sends
guests soaring 200 feet above the forest floor.

Our guests can expect an authentic canopy tour experience with
spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, said Ken Stamps,
Managing Partner of NAVITAT CANOPY ADVENTURES. It s exhilarating and
educational, and unlike any outdoor adventure you ll find in the

Guests begin their NAVITAT experience at the Welcome Center where they
meet their guides, go through a 20-minute orientation session and gear
up. Then, they ride in rough terrain vehicles up the mountain to the
start of the custom-designed course, learning along the way about the
natural and cultural history of the area. At the top, guests are
trained in proper zip line techniques before starting the course.

Two highly skilled Canopy Guides lead each group of eight guests
through a series of artfully-constructed zip lines, sky bridges,
trails, rappels and platforms high in the treetops. Guides handle all
equipment, and guests are attached to a redundant safety system at all
times while off the ground.

When you visit NAVITAT, you re in really good hands, said General
Manager and Partner Dylan Burt. Our guides are trained by industry-
accredited experts, and they are required to continually train while
they are working here.

NAVITAT is a member of the Association for Challenge Course
Technologies (ACCT), which is accredited by the American National
Standards Institute. The company adheres to and exceeds all ACCT
standards for construction, operations and training.

Bonsai Design Inc., a leading canopy tour installer in the country,
designed the NAVITAT course. The design is entirely tree-based and
uses no poles or other structures to support the platforms and course

We ve taken great care in designing this course, said John Walker,
NAVITAT partner and president of Bonsai Design Inc. We ve used state-
of-the-art techniques and sustainable practices to build a course that
fits into the landscape, disturbing it as little as possible.

The course is situated in Moody Cove, a 240-acre tract of forestland
just north of Barnardsville. The site is home to forests of hardwoods
-- some more than 100 years old -- native and rare plant species,
streams and mountain wildlife. NAVITAT is leasing the property from
the McDarris family, who has owned the land since the mid-1800s.

We searched more than 300 properties when we were considering where
to build our course, said Managing Partner Ken Stamps. In Moody
Cove, we found the perfect home. It truly is a special place, and we
are so honored that the McDarris family has welcomed us. Now, we can t
wait to share it with our guests.

NAVITAT tours begin May 15 and run daily, from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,
through Nov. 28. Reservations are required. Regular tour price is $85
per person for adults, and $75 per person for children ages 10-17.
Weight restrictions apply. Tours last approximately 3 hours. Visit
to book your tour and learn more about grand opening discount

Special discounts available
NAVITAT is offering special tour discounts to celebrate its grand
opening May 15.
GRAND OPENING SPECIAL: Anyone who books a tour that takes place
between May 15 and May 28 receives a 20-percent discount on the
regular tour price.
LOCAL TUESDAYS SPECIAL: Throughout the season, residents of western
North Carolina who book Tuesday tours receive a 20-percent discount on
the regular tour price.
N.C. ARBORETUM MEMBER SPECIAL: Members of the N.C. Arboretum in
Asheville, N.C., can show their Arboretum IDs and receive a 10-percent
discount on the regular tour price throughout the season.
GROUP DISCOUNT SPECIAL: Throughout the season, groups of eight or more
receive a 10-percent discount on the regular tour price.