Bucket List Adventure: Ziplining and High Ropes!

Dear Critters,

This year, I am committed to having as many adventures as possible. I have decided that terminal cancer is a wake up call, not a death sentence, and my New Year’s resolution is simply to live life to the max.

While most of my adventures will no doubt be underwater (such as my Dive 300 on a remote tropical island later this week), I have agreed to take some land adventures with some of the amazing people in my life to help fill my time in 2015.

To cut a long story short, my Boyfriend Spunky Abe, brother Nathan and best buddy LP (who everyone but me calls Mark) all randomly gave each other treetop adventure vouchers for Christmas. 11 days later, we were all harnessed up and good to go!

Four years ago – before I was first diagnosed with cancer – I would never have dreamed of climbing trees that reached the heavens, crossing over swinging logs and hanging barrels four storeys above the ground, and zip lining from one tiny, treetop platform to the next. But being forced to face your own mortality means facing every fear you have ever held and realising without doubt that the only thing to fear is fear itself.

Yes, I was scared and exhausted after climbing that enormous tree ladder, and I froze twice on the way up. I could hear voices calling out from somewhere below me ‘It’s ok – you don’t need to keep climbing. You can come back down now.’ But there was no way on earth I was giving up after climbing so far! Β The battle is won or lost in the mind, and with a little help I was able to make it to the final rung and beyond.

I have been deeply inspired by so many of my friends (old and new) who have been terrified of water and Spielberg’s version of sharks, but who have found the courage to take their first underwater adventures with me over the last year. (The most recent to enter the water was my brother-in-law Pat just this weekend. Watch out world! Soon we will have another passionate certified diver ready to hit the ocean πŸ˜‰ )

High ropes courses are traditionally a team-building adventure. So in the spirit of conquering fear and embracing adventure, I took an amazing team of three of my favourite boys high into the treetops at Trees Adventure in Belgrave, Melbourne and together we lived two exhilarating hours to our fullest potential.

I am incredibly blessed to have these awesome men in my life. As always, Spunky Abe was our fearless leader, blazing every treetop trail. As in life on land, LP made sure that I transcended any potential meltdowns and reminded me to believe in myself and those around me as I navigated each challenge that came my way. And as he has since he was born, my gorgeous brother Nathan was a total rockdog and brought the biggest smile to my face at every twist and turn. The only person missing from this team was my amazing father Kirby who has been an ever present source of comfort, strength and support in my life; hopefully he will enjoy experiencing this treetop adventure vicariously through my video πŸ™‚

Life is simply too short to be dictated by fear, and I refuse to live with fear as my default. In 2015, I encourage each person who takes the time to read my blog to embrace every opportunity they have to live life with an attitude of joy and gratitude and a spirit of awe and wonder. I am as excited to have had this treetop adventure high above the ground as I am to be taking my next dive expedition deep beneath the surface of the sea over the coming week.

I wish each one of you a year filled with bliss, surprises and bright new perspectives.If you have any suggestions for ‘Must Do’ adventures for me to add to my 2015 Bucket List, please comment below πŸ˜€

Love and bubbles,

PT xxx

ps Tanks so much for reading this blog post. While you’re here, please check out a few more of my ‘scuba vs tumour’ adventures. You can also subscribe by email for blog updates and follow Pink Tank Scuba on FaceBook πŸ˜€

pps Want to follow in our intrepid footsteps? Please visit http://www.treesadventure.com.au πŸ™‚


11 thoughts on “Bucket List Adventure: Ziplining and High Ropes!

  1. Hi PT,

    Thanks for the new post and kind words about me.

    We read everything but when we tried to see the film clip it came up that the link was not working.

    Maybe you need to check it out. Perhaps only a dot or something was omitted/included by mistake.

    We love you and are happy that your tree top adventure was so good.

    With tree tops and leaves of love,

    Kirb & Nancy


    • Tank you, Kirby 😊 Accidentally hit ‘publish’ on the post hours before I battled some technical glitches to upload the video – all sorted now – hope you like the video now that it’s finally working! Love and bubbles, PT xxx

  2. Hi PT,

    May be you and I can do sky-diving together! It’s been way too long since my last one! πŸ˜‰

    And diving in Manado should definitely be high on your bucket list! πŸ™‚

    Big hugs, Irina


    • Hey Irina! Sky diving is the one thing I just can’t quite get my head around … to me it seems so much more risky than scuba, and I’m struggling to come to terms with seven minutes of thrill if that could potentially jeopardise even a single dive … will continue to think it over, though πŸ˜‰ And will definitely look into diving in Manado a bit further πŸ˜€ Love and bubbles and talk soon, PT xxx

  3. Hey there. The video totally went well and using the two camera perspective really did add to it all. Well put together. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    Oh, and my leg muscles are still asking me what I did to them, cause they are still sore.

    • Tank you soooo much for sharing the adventure LP and for letting me steal some of your footage to help make this video happen! I wonder what made your legs sore? Maybe crawling through that aerial barrel? Or having to help rescue me every time I got stuck πŸ˜› Tanks for helping me get through all the challenges – as always, couldn’t have done it without you! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  4. That was truly some of the best fun I’ve had in a while sis. You were so brave and you have rekindled the fun spirit in me. Love you so much amazing woman

    • It was soooooo fun to share this adventure with you, babe. I didn’t feel brave all the time on this adventure, but I think courage isn’t what you think but how you respond to the thoughts that enter your head and whether you let them limit or stretch you. I definitely felt pretty stretched! Can’t wait to share the next amazing adventure we have planned together with the world. Love you to the bottom of the ocean, liddle Rockdog! *knock knock you about to get shellshocked!* πŸ˜›

  5. So proud of you babe! 20 years ago, or is it thirty now (?), you would never have done anything like this! You are amazing and continue ie to be an inspiration. Love you to the moon and back.
    Ps I got no sound on the video. Should I have?

    • Hey babe – sound definitely works on the video – maybe you’ve got it set to mute or your volume down? Yup, I’ve definitely come a long way from the shy, scared little girl of the past who would have been too terrified to even think of doing this. Love you soooo much – tank you for travelling so much of my life’s journey with me πŸ™‚ You inspire me constantly to be the best I can be. Love you to the bottom of the ocean! Hugs and more hugs xxxxx

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