Monthly Archives: March 2014

A day out with the kids at Black Park & Sherwood

Tree Top Junior Black Park

Day out with the kids in Nottinghamshire and Buckinghamshire

Uncover a NEW Tree Top Adventure for Junior Tarzans.

Release your little monkeys onto a Go Ape course designed for them. No one loves adventure more than kids!

Go Ape’s NEW Tree Top Junior is a fun filled experience of canopy exploring, trail blazing and obstacles for all to enjoy. You’ll take on crossings over trails and finish with one awesome zip wire.  Our outdoor adventure is for all abilities so explorers can uncover the forest canopy from 6 years (over 1m)!

Black Park and Sherwood Pines will play host to our 9th and 10th Tree Top Junior courses in the country.

We look forward to seeing you swing by.

The BIG 6 Adventures.

Go Ape

Go Ape

Here at Go Ape we love living life adventurously and testing our own limits. We want to share with you our toughest Big Six course obstacles.

Could you handle them all?

1. The Tallest Platform: Grizedale Forest

A vertigo inducing 75ft above the ground this is the perfect way to tackle your fear of heights.

2. The Biggest Drop: Black Park Tarzan

Our favorite course obstacle is the stomach-hollowing Tarzan drop. Black Park is home to the biggest drop on a Tarzan Swing. As all difficult Go Ape obstacles, there is an easier option- if you’re chicken.

3. The Longest Zip Wire: Aberfoyle

Zip down over the breathtaking scenery of the Trossachs and enjoy the view- after all with a 426m zip line there is plenty of time to swing back and relax!

4. Hardest Obstacle: Stirrups, found at ALL Locations

This obstacle is all about co-ordination. Getting your arms and legs to co-ordinate and catch the swinging hoops, without getting tangled in knots is not an easy feat. 

5. Longest Crossing: Sherwood Tree-to-Tree Zip

Stretching a monstrous 64m from end to end will you make it across or fall short as you zip from tree to tree. One bonus- no wood chippings in your pants when you land!

6. The Highest Go Ape Course: Whinlatter

At a whopping 790m above Sea Level It’s so high you can see all the way to Scotland.

We’ve conquered them, now it’s your turn. Go on…we dare you!

Already conquered them? Keep your eyes open for our new challenges, including the first extreme black run at Wendover.

Kilimanjaro – tallest peak in Africa!

Kilimanjaro

Those were the words that drew me to this amazing trip along with a love for the great outdoors! It peaked my interest the second I saw the trip advertised on the Dream challenges website! I have a passion for seeing new places and pushing myself to the limit. I’d never been to Africa and if your going to visit it seemed to make sense to go to the highest spot in the whole continent.

Dream challenges always encourage participants to raise money for charity when taking part in these treks so I decided to support St.Catherine’s hospice who are based in my town of Crawley. Having friends and colleagues who have come into contact with the hospice before what struck me was all the positive things they had to say about their experience with them and it touched many peoples hearts. Overall in the past 12 months I managed to raise £1300 through a raffle, fundraising night, cake sale and people kindly donating through just giving. Alongside that Go Ape decided to award me £75 towards the trip and provided me with equipment from the adventure fund (and a raffle prize).

The route we took was the Lemosho route which took us 7 days camping all the way up. Feeling I was a seasoned camper this did not bother me in the least although there was some new experiences when it came to wild camping which took some getting used to. The Lemosho route is one of the less travelled routes to the summit although becoming more popular as the success rate is higher due to the time taken to acclimatise. The first 1 1/2 days was spent walking through thick beautiful rainforest. Luckily there is nothing too tropical there so there aren’t many big scary bugs! The scenery changes dramatically as the route gets higher and we left the rainforest. It was more of a scramble at times through short heather and large rocks and boulders – most of all the barranco wall. This was the point that the porters advice of “Pole Pole” or “slowly slowly” came into its own watching every footstep carefully.

The final couple of days of the climb were the most challenging but the bit that tested my strength was the final 4 hours to the summit. Having never experienced altitude sickness before I can only describe it as a sudden feeling of coming down with flu. It all feels like a blur now and I can barely remember each step in those last few hours but once we made it to Stella point knowing we only had 1 hour of the climb left I found a new energy that pushed me on. I owe the last 4 hours of the climb to the fantastic support we had from the porters and guides. They are as part of the mountain as the trail we were walking on.

The guides keep a consistent “tortoise” style pace that can be maintained for hours taking great pride in ensuring we all make it to Uhuru peak to watch the sun rise. The porters, who have been balancing 30kg of equipment on their heads everyday whilst practically running up the mountain to make sure camp is set up now help us drink our water with frozen hands and keep our spirits high with songs as we ascend.

The peak itself was a chilly -15 degrees so after the obligatory photos next to the famous sign we descend swiftly to avoid frostbitten fingers.

It did not hit me what I had achieved until the final day when we came into the gate to leave the national park.

The porters and guides gathered and sung to us shaking our hands congratulating us with such enthusiasm and sincerity on the trek that they do dozens of times each year. I wouldn’t be human if the waterworks didn’t  appear at that time.

Travelling with 25 people that I hadn’t met before seemed a bit daunting at first but I looked at it that they were friends I didn’t know yet. That was the truth of it and I now feel I have made some lifelong friends and some incredible memories.

Since the trip I have caught up on some sleep and been enjoying home comforts but now have new plans to visit the Atlas mountains in Morocco with Go Ape in June.

Banff Film Festival

Banff film festival

Banff film festival

Attracting sold out audiences across the globe, the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival is in the UK with a brand new selection of extraordinary short films from the world’s leading adventure film makers. Exhilarating and captivating, this is a must-see for anyone with a spirit of adventure!

Through the big screen you can be transported to the world’s last great wild places, follow the expeditions of some of today’s most incredible adventurers, experience extraordinary footage of adrenaline packed action sports and be inspired by thought-provoking pieces shot from the far flung corners of the globe.

An inspiring and festive evening with lots of free prize giveaways! Visit www.banff-uk.com for a full list of venues and to purchase tickets!