Zip McCall Adventures is part of a rich history in Idaho !
Our parent company, EBL Zip Lines, has been designing, installing, owning, and operating zip line tours in the Great State of Idaho since 2005! Originally retained by Tamarack Ski Resort in 2005 to design and layout the first tour in Idaho, EBL Zip Lines returned to install the first Idaho course in 2006, followed by an expansion of two long zips and the first two suspension bridges in 2007. Then, in 2008, EBL Zip Lines invested, installed, and owned the first course in Horseshoe Bend until 2012. This course was leased to a third party operator
Around 2009, The Idaho Outfitters and Guides Board began to establish license procedures for zip line tours in Idaho. EBL Zip Lines was invited to a full meeting of the Board, sharing with them examples of EBL insurance, engineering, drawings, tree management and practices, operations manuals, training manuals, pictures, and industry standards by first ever ANSI Accredited Standards Developer, Professional Ropes Course Association (PRCA), for Ropes Courses, Aerial Adventure Parks, and Canopy Zip Line tours. Later to become the industries FIRST ANSI/PRCA American National SAFETY Standards in March 2014 for Ropes Courses, Aerial Adventure Parks, and Canopy Zip Line tours. EBL Zip Lines is proud to have assisted in laying the ground work and play such a critical role in establishing zip lines in the Great State of Idaho.
In Spring 2009, Tamarack Ski Resort shuttered all operations on the ski hill, including the zip lines. Having a great working relationship with the management team and ownership, EBL Zip Lines entered into an operational agreement July 2009, becoming the exclusive operator of the Tamarack Resort course. This was an opportunity to maintain the asset and recoup thousands of dollars from unpaid invoices owed to EBL when the resort closed. First tours were operated by EBL the end of July/ early August 2009. During our first full operational season in 2010, we had a mystery zipper on our tour and the next thing we knew, our tour and EBL operations were voted one of the Top 10 tours USA Today Newspaper! In fact, two of the top 10 tours listed were built by EBL and two others brought EBL in as consultants with our design components utilized. WOW! An honor in deed.
In 2012, Tamarack Canopy Ziplines Tours began a name change towards Zip Tamarack. This new name was more inline with many other EBL owned, operated, and trademarked tours such as Zip Orlando, Zip Chicago, Zip Tahoe, Zip Yosemite, and soon to be operational, Zip Rockford followed by Zip Boise. Our brand was growing and we were excited!
In 2014, the resort fell into breach with EBL due to lack of payments and other agreement terms. Then the Sheriff Sale in March/April 2014 of the resort, giving it back to the bank on a credit bid purchase. EBL Zip Lines was retained by the bank for a new, one year lease to operate, followed by a renewed three year lease in 2015. EBL was contracted to continue maintenance and operation of the tour. Again, due to lease breaches by the resort and unpaid balances, EBL Zip Lines was left holding the bag on many aspects of the tour and course. Finally, EBL ended its last zip line tour at the resort in September 2016. Without success in working with yet again, new management, and having years of breached agreements and losses of thousands of dollars, EBL decided to formally close all EBL operations and our office at the resort. Thank you to everyone who came up to join us on the tour! Now, it's time to move on.
Having seen the writing on the wall with the struggling resort for over the past decade, and court judgement in hand, EBL decided it was time to move away from the resort and all of the instability at the location. EBL was extremely grateful to have found plenty of community support and goodwill in McCall and with State of Idaho officials. Specifically mentioned to us, for our "ethical and professional operations at Zip Tamarack", and our Zip Boise course at Eagle Island State Park in 2015. After meetings and conversations, EBL was invited to return to the area in April 2017 and conduct discussions with the Idaho Department of Lands. Having scoped out a new location for an all new tour, EBL submitted the proper paperwork and application, went through and public announcement / competitive bid process, and won a lease on land up Boulder Lake Road, just outside of McCall.
ZIP McCALL ADVENTURES is born !
Plain and simple, we love zip lines! We love the outdoors! We love McCall! The rest seems straight forward. So, Zip McCall construction began in September 2017 and completed Phase One; two tree house platforms. four zip lines from 350 -2,000 feet long, parking lot, office area and other business infrastructures. Phase Two will begin in May 2018 with installing the remaining portions of a 110 foot long suspension bridge, followed by two more zip lines from 1,800-2,400 feet long! Phase One will be open for tours while Phase Two is under construction. This is all funded by EBL Zip Lines investment. No State or Federal tax dollars were used for funding Zip McCall Adventures or the course.
As we operate in a managed forest, the land is slatted for timber harvest in the next 2-5 years, as it had been harvested over years past. Excitement is in the air as we will be opening up new land for multi recreational use, with proceeds going back to support endowments lands and Idaho schools. How great a cause is that!
The monies generated from the Zip McCall Adventures lease rent and receipts, as well as any trees we harvest go the State of Idaho Charitable Institutions Fund. The recipients of this fund include Idaho State University Industrial Training School, State Hospital North, Idaho Veterans Homes and the School for the Deaf and Blind. Idaho's founding fathers outlined the purpose of endowment lands in Article 9, Section 8 of Idaho's Constitution. These lands are to be managed "in such manner as shall secure the maximum long-term financial return to the institution to which granted." Income is primarily generated through timber sales, livestock grazing, mining and other commercial ventures, such as communication sites, office buildings, parking lots, ski resorts and now zip line tours.
So, whether it is zipping through the forest, hiking the trails, or mountain biking to the lakes, Zip McCall Adventures
is contributing to Idaho's future.
For more information, please visit:
Idaho Forest Products Commission (IFPC) video Library