**Apple Trees and Conservation**
Please be aware that the festival is held among apple orchards which can be very sensitive. We have been asked not to touch or otherwise disturb the apple trees. This means avoiding walking too close to the roots, no touching the trees at all, and taking care that packs and other equipment do not brush against these trees. Please do not camp among the apple orchards. There are other trees along the cliffs that are much bigger and provide better shade.
There are also areas with freshly tilled dirt that we have been asked to avoid. Our volunteers and the local Hadchit Activities group have done a great job building and maintaining clear trails throughout most of the festival area. Please try to stay on the trails as much as possible.
No one is allowed on a highline until they have registered and checked in. Please join us at the main gathering point near the center of the festival on the East side of the canyon to sign in, following the signs for “Check in” along the path.
To access the small lines, please go to the anchors on the west side of the festival (towards Hadchit). There is shade and better paths near the lines on this side. This is for the 28m, 30m, and 40m highlines (the first 3).
To access the larger lines, please go to the anchors on the east side of the festival (towards Bcharre and the Sacre Coeur Church). The other side is off limit for these lines to protect the apple trees near those anchors.
**Buddy Buddy System**
Everyone must get a buddy check before getting on a highline. This means having another participant or volunteer check that your figure 8 knot is tied correctly, that your harness is attached correctly and that it is tight enough. Please also check that your pockets are empty. This buddy, or another person, should then stay in the area with you while you are on the highline so that if there is any injury or other issue, someone is aware immediately. Please DO NOT highline alone at anytime during the festival, no matter how experienced you may be.
The highlines are open during the day from about 9am until shortly before sunset each day. The leashes are removed at night and replaced in the morning. If you find a line that does not have a leash attached, that line is closed until the Rigging team reopens it. If you would like to highline earlier in the day, you may make arrangements (beer / lunch bribes work well) with the morning rigging team or other official riggers to have them come early, though this is entirely up to them to decide.
**Festival Riggers and Organizers**
In case of any issues, please find a festival rigger or organizer. We each are wearing rainbow bracelets, though it may be easier to simply ask around as this is a fairly small community event.
**DO NOT Modify Highline Rigs**
Please do not modify or otherwise change the highline rigs. If the highline needs to be tensioned or if there is something wrong with the rig, please find a festival rigger or organizer. If the line is immediately dangerous, please remove the leash from the rings and if possible, tie the rings to the anchor to prevent them from sliding away. Bring the leash to a festival rigger or organizer and let them know of the issue.
As riggers and organizers, the liability for these lines is on us. As such, it is important that we are the only ones that modify the rigs. Even if you are an experienced rigger, please defer to the rigging team.