At 96 feet above Qwest Field's playing surface, Jake Moe filled me in on the best way to simulate the feeling of skiing without snow or, for that matter, without a mountain. All I had to do, he said Thursday, was jump from a raised platform on the stadium's club level.
So, with my heart pounding, I stepped out into nothingness and flew across the field on what's believed to be the world's first stadium zip line. Moe hopes many others will take the same step today through Sunday as the zip line takes center stage at the Washington Ski & Snowboard Expo.
The only requirements are that you weigh more than 75 pounds and less than 250. The zip line start is undercover and will run regardless of the weather.
As I glided from the northwest corner to the southeast corner of the stadium at 35 mph, feeling like a "Monday Night Football" sky cam, I understood what Moe was talking about.
It was like skiing. Like dropping off a cornice into a semi-steep run. The first drop is a rush, then the rest is blissful as the scenery zips past.
The ride covers the field faster than Nate Burleson on a punt return. The line sags over the middle of the field before climbing back toward the loge seating. At the lowest point, just past the midfield Seahawks logo, you'll travel at full speed just 10 feet off the ground.
The ride ends when you slowly slide back down the southern end of the line to about the 35-yard-line where a platform is waiting for you to climb down.
"Skiing and snowboarding are such adrenaline sports, " said Moe, one of the expo's promoters. "But walking through a hall at a ski expo is just the opposite. This will jazz things up."
Moe, who also hosts a regional cable television ski show, hatched the zip line idea in May after a meeting with Seahawks officials about the expo. The Seahawks said he could use Qwest Field as long as they stayed off the turf.
"That was the watershed moment, " Moe said. "What were we going to do with the stadium if we can't touch the grass?"
After the meeting, Moe sat in the stands trying to find an answer.
"I kept thinking this is the world's largest playground, " Moe said. "Then I imagined myself flying across the stadium and hit me."
So, Moe went to work. He spent three months trying to figure out how to make the project work, but he kept running into one huge obstacle - insurance.
He was going to have to shell out $100,000 for $2 million of insurance. So in August, he called expo organizers and told them there would be no zip line.
His luck changed the next day when he got an e-mail about a Young Life camp in Oregon. He clicked on the link and noticed a picture of the camp's zip line. At the bottom of the picture the small print read, "Certified, inspected and installed by Adventure Experiences."
Within an hour, Moe was on the phone with the company from Trinity, Texas.
"They were blown away, " Moe said. "They couldn't believe nobody had thought of this before."
Moe hired the company, which claims to have never had a zip line accident, and soon the buzz started spreading. And now Moe is in the zip line business.
The NFL's Cincinnati Bengals and the Arizona Cardinals have already contacted him about holding similar events. And the Seattle Space Needle has inquired about running a zip line off its lower level - the 100-foot-high Skyline Level.
Moe's biggest concern about the Qwest Field zip line was that it might not be exciting enough.
However, Adventure Experiences owner Tim Kempfe, who has installed more than 2,500 zip lines, quickly put Moe at ease.
"This has the most vertical drop of any zip line we've ever built, " Kempfe said. "It will be plenty exciting."
So exciting, in fact, it took me four runs before I was finally willing to turn in my harness.
"It's a unique experience, " Moe said. "I guarantee you, whoever tries it will never be able to go to a Seahawks game again without thinking about the time they flew across the stadium."