Monthly Archives: April 2015

The Moment You Become Part Of The Tribe

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So, you’ve just booked your first Go Ape adventure.

Fantastic – get ready for a true taste of the high life!

Our award-winning tree-top obstacle courses provide the perfect place to catch some hang time with your chums. Breathe in that fresh, forest air, take in the breathtaking scenery, and be prepared to meet with some awesome tree-top obstacles.

We’ve got brilliant bridges, crazy crossings and speedy zip wires. We’ve got high ropes, tightropes, tunnels and stirrups. Walk, crawl, crouch and wobble your way across the obstacles, before whizzing down a zip wire at the end of each stage.

If you ask us, there’s one particular obstacle that really takes the biscuit. It’s the obstacle that well and truly makes you a member of the Go Ape tribe.

We are, of course, talking about the Tarzan Swing

Ah, the Tarzan Swing. Clip in, hold on, count down from ten (or 20, or 200) and jump! It doesn’t matter how long it takes you, whether you try to ease your wobbly knees before leaping, or prefer to jump straight away without thought.

And when you do finally jump, you’ll soon understand why the Tarzan Swing is our favourite obstacle. Feel the wind in your hair, throw your hands in the air and embrace it! For those few seconds you’ll be lost in the moment and all your inhibitions will disappear; so let’s hear your loudest and most impressive Tarzan holler!

Though it’s important to enjoy yourself, don’t get too lost in the moment and forget to grab on to the cargo net on the other side – you’ll need that to get yourself up to the next platform. And, when you’re standing on that next platform, there’s no doubt you’ll be thinking one thing: “I did it!” Oh, actually, two things – the other being “I want another go!

So, we know that the Tarzan Swing is your ticket to join the Go Ape tribe, but what other initiation tests are there? We can name a few…

First rope

For some, clambering up those very first set of ropes can be a terrifying experience. If you’re visiting Go Ape to conquer your fear of heights, then fair play to you. And when it comes to becoming an official member of our tribe, well, once you’re up, you’re in.

Wobble woes

Another test people like to set themselves on our courses is to see if they can get their legs to stop wobbling by the time they reach that final zip wire. Some manage to still themselves after the first couple of obstacles, while others continue to shake even when their feet are on solid ground!

No hands hero

Once you’ve started to build up your confidence, you’ll know doubt want to see how far you can push yourself. Many people at this point attempt to complete one of our crossings or bridges hands-free. Can you manage it?

Zip wire

It’s that final moment; the ultimate obstacle that quite literally brings you back down to earth. And, as you land in that soft pile of woodchip, you should feel happy in that knowledge that you are now an official member of the Go Ape tribe!

Discover Adventure with Mark Warner

Win a holiday for 4 to Corsica worth over £4,000 with activity holiday specialist Mark Warner

Four lucky people will win a week’s adventure in San Lucianu Beach Resort, Corsica, where you can enjoy all the activities you could ever dream of, including paddle-boarding, mountain biking, kayaking and much much more. 

Mark Warner

What else? British Airways flights from Heathrow, transfers, half board accommodation, tennis, fitness programme, sailing and windsurfing with tuition, free childcare for 2-17 year olds (chargeable from 2 months-2 years). 

Mark Warner create family-friendly holidays that are wonderful for everyone. They pride themselves in ensuring fun moments and magical memories. Fancy improving your tennis game, sailing for the first time or exploring by mountain bike? Their team of professional instructors are ready to help you try something new.

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By simply inspiring others to discover an adventure on your doorstep!

In just 250 characters, we want you to inspire others to discover adventure in Great Britain. You could tell us about your latest adventure discovery or your first adventurous story.

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Looking for inspiration? Discover adventure from the Go Ape Tribe below:

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Play Hide and SeekClimb Snowdon

Climb a tree

 

The Moment You Become Part of the Tribe

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure

So, you’ve just booked your first Go Ape adventure. Fantastic – get ready for a true taste of the high life!

Our award-winning tree-top obstacle courses provide the perfect place to catch some hang time with your chums. Breathe in that fresh, forest air, take in the breathtaking scenery, and be prepared to meet with some awesome tree-top obstacles.

We’ve got brilliant bridges, crazy crossings and speedy zip wires. We’ve got high ropes, tightropes, tunnels and stirrups. Walk, crawl, crouch and wobble your way across the obstacles, before whizzing down a zip wire at the end of each stage.

If you ask us, there’s one particular obstacle that really takes the biscuit. It’s the obstacle that well and truly makes you a member of the Go Ape tribe. We are, of course, talking about the Tarzan Swing.

Go Ape Tarzan Swing

Ah, the Tarzan Swing. Clip in, hold on, count down from ten (or 20, or 200) and jump! It doesn’t matter how long it takes you, whether you try to ease your wobbly knees before leaping, or prefer to jump straight away without thought.

And when you do finally jump, you’ll soon understand why the Tarzan Swing is our favourite obstacle. Feel the wind in your hair, throw your hands in the air and embrace it! For those few seconds you’ll be lost in the moment and all your inhibitions will disappear; so let’s hear your loudest and most impressive Tarzan holler!

Though it’s important to enjoy yourself, don’t get too lost in the moment and forget to grab on to the cargo net on the other side – you’ll need that to get yourself up to the next platform. And, when you’re standing on that next platform, there’s no doubt you’ll be thinking one thing: “I did it!” Oh, actually, two things – the other being “I want another go!”

So, we know that the Tarzan Swing is your ticket to join the Go Ape tribe, but what other initiation tests are there? We can name a few…

First rope

For some, clambering up those very first set of ropes can be a terrifying experience. If you’re visiting Go Ape to conquer your fear of heights, then fair play to you. And when it comes to becoming an official member of our tribe, well, once you’re up, you’re in.

Wobble woes

Another test people like to set themselves on our courses is to see if they can get their legs to stop wobbling by the time they reach that final zip wire. Some manage to still themselves after the first couple of obstacles, while others continue to shake even when their feet are on solid ground!

No hands hero

Once you’ve started to build up your confidence, you’ll know doubt want to see how far you can push yourself. Many people at this point attempt to complete one of our crossings or bridges hands-free. Can you manage it?

Zip wire

It’s that final moment; the ultimate obstacle that quite literally brings you back down to earth. And, as you land in that soft pile of woodchip, you should feel happy in that knowledge that you are now an official member of the Go Ape tribe!

Oh Buoy! A Q&A with Offshore Racer Nikki Curwen

A Q&A with Nikki Curwen

The thirst for adventure, is it nature or nurture? We caught up with Offshore Racer Nikki Curwen to find out where her love of adventure came from, and what drives her to never stop exploring.

When did you first discover your love for sailing?

Both my parents are sailors so I was chucked into a boat when I was less than a year old. I’ve grown up on and around the water and have always loved it. When I was about 7/8 years old my older sister had joined the local club and was sailing every Saturday, I remember going down to the club to watch them race and eagerly waiting to grow up and be able to join in myself.

Nikki Curwen Sailing

What has been your favourite adventure to date?

Joining the Mini Class and sailing my Mini has been incredible and definitely the most exciting thing to date. One of my favourite adventures was actually two years ago when I left on my 1,300 mile qualification passage in the med for 10 ½ days. I’d never been so far or as long by myself on a boat before. I experienced horrendous winds up to 45 knots for over 2 days, then days of absolutely nothing, where I moved less than 5 miles in a day. I experienced life at sea by myself, the challenges that come with it, and the feeling of achievement when I’d finished what I set out to achieve.

What challenges have you experienced on your journey?

Over the years I’ve had some pretty major problems on the boat which I’ve had to deal with. Thankfully nothing fazes me too much and I have the ability to “man up” and get on with what needs to be done. Last year I had a problem with my steering system, the bar joining my two rudders had snapped in half meaning I lost the ability to steer. I had the spinnaker up at the time with around 30 knots of wind. Although it could have been a horrendous situation I quickly came up with a solution to fix the problem and within half an hour I was back racing full speed.

Describe a typical day in the life of Nikki Curwen

A typical day doesn’t really exist, there are many things I have to do, which become flexible depending on the weather and location. Although my team is growing with lots of help and support, I’m still in control of every aspect of my campaign. From logistics, boat maintenance, admin, training, media and sponsors, then after comes the racing itself which in the end almost feels like my holiday.

I don’t really have a 9-5 day, in fact it tends to be 24/7. Currently my days are spent working on the boat and going through security checks in preparation for my next race. Ordering new parts, talking to sponsors and those that can only be reached during the day. At night I get on with navigation, meteo, and other admin jobs which I can do whatever time of day that doesn’t rely on day light.

What is your earliest adventurous memory?

Camping in the garden or even the living room I think has to be my earliest adventurous memory!

What three pieces of advice would you give to anyone looking to get into sailing?

Get down to a local sailing club, jump in a dinghy and just try it. What’s the worst that can happen…..you get wet!!! The response and understanding of wind direction is definitely easier to find from sailing in smaller boats. Although you might like the idea of starting on a nice dry cruising boat, to really get to grips with the sport I’d definitely suggest going on a dinghy course.

If you could sum up how you feeling when out on the open water in one word, what would it be?

Home!

Even when on land, sitting on the beach, I find myself just gazing out to sea, dreaming of being on the water. Being out on open water comes so naturally to me now, I feel alive, freedom and in control of everything (except the weather of course!).

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