Monthly Archives: June 2015

What kind of adventurer are you?

What to pack for adventure

Are you air-bourne adventurer, land lover or supporter of the sea? Take our quiz to see just what sort of adventurer you are.

1. Which movie character would you most like to be?

A. Robin Hood

B. Indiana Jones

C. Popeye

D. Superman

2. Where would you choose to go on holiday?

A. The Lake District – beautiful forest walks and views to admire.

B. The Alps – in the summer to walk the trails and the winter to ski!

C. On the coast in Italy. You’ll be able play in the sea to your hearts content!

D. Paragliding in France – getting off the ground!

3. What challenge would you most like to complete?

A. Go Ape – swinging through the trees.

B. Climbing Mount Everest – the higher, the better.

C. Sailing the Atlantic – single-handedly…

D. A sky-dive – the very thought of it makes my body tingle!

Here’s what suits you most…

Mostly A’s.
FOREST LOVER

Don’t forget we have 28 adventures UK wide. We brief you for safety before you fly down zip-wires whilst enjoying some of Britain’s most breathtaking scenery.

For more Forest adventures, hit the link to #ShareAdventure

Mostly B’s.
MOUNTAIN EXPLORER

The mountain is where you feel most at home. You like to marvel at the views and see for miles from a great height.

For more Mountain adventures, hit the link to #ShareAdventure

C’s.
SEA SUPPORTER

You’re at one with the ocean. A day with the wind in your hair and sounds of the waves is you at your best.

For more sea adventures, hit the link to #ShareAdventure

Mostly D’s.
AIR ADVENTURER

You like to try new things that involve getting off the ground and enjoy flying through the air! Perhaps our NEW Zip Trekking Adventure at Grizedale Forest should be next on your hit list.

For more Forest adventures, hit the link to #ShareAdventure

Whether you’re a mountain explorer or a forest lover, be sure to check out our #SummerAdventure hub. It’s a space that’s designed to inspire your next adventure…

Climbing 6 peaks for Outward Bound Trust

Snowdon

A few days ago a number of the Go Ape tribe embarked on an adventure in Wales. They took on the peaks of Snowdon to raise money for our Charity of 2015, The Outward Bound Trust.

In the words of Sam Hardy, our Corporate Events Manager, find out all about the highs and lows of this amazing challenge.

“So… about a month ago, I signed up for a challenge to raise money for The Outward Bound Trust. 

We had a chance to hear from the people at The Outward Bound Trust in a recent meeting, and a lot of our Go Ape tribe related to the work that they do. Most of us agreed we’d like to get involved, and, Area Manager Jo, organised 26 climbers (with 4 volunteers on the ground), to go to Wales.

It was advertised as a ‘3 peak challenge’ in Snowdonia over 3 days. It finished for me having completed 6 peaks in 2 days – and a brave few going on to do another climb!

Our charity guru Kim drove us the 5.5 hours to Wales, and we bonded well (to the car seats)!

Day 1 was Snowdon – 1085m

It was fine dry and very sunny. We chose the Pyg track (look it up for info) and took to the hillside like mountain goats. After two minutes, we were advised by our guides to go at a pace where we could walk and talk (in other words – slow down). Ten minutes later we all needed a break and decided to slow it down…

Snow1Rucksacks re-packed, sun cream on, water in hand and many scenic photos later, we reached the summit with a lot of other people who did not look half as sweaty. Turns out there is a train that takes you to the Summit!

So we had a coffee in the cafe, studied the goodies in the gift shop and started the trek down to the campsite.

No-one warned me that the descents were going to be harder than the ascents. I was looking forward to a ‘rest’ and ended up with old man knee issues.

Still, an hour and a half later we arrived at the camp site to see our amazing volunteer monkeys had prepared us a delicious sausage casserole with pasta.

Tents up, a quick debrief and it was time to hit the sleeping bags for 3-4 hours of sleep and 3-4 hours of fidgeting. Standard, apparently.

Day 2 – 07:30: 8 or 9 hours today, bring lots of water, we’re doing 5 peaks

What? Say again? 5? Murmurs of confusion, but general acceptance and an air of excitement.

For those of you that know your hilltops; We managed Elidir Fawr, Crib Goch, Glyder Fawr, Glyder Fach and Tryfan! 24k (walking) and about 2000m of ascent in total . . .

We left the first campsite at 9am and arrived at the new camp at 9pm. For those that have short memories, we were told 8-9 hours…

But it was the most amazing 12 hours – we all had personal missions, I got to find out about most others, but mine was to raise the individual £200 donation target and complete the challenge.

Day 1 did not prepare me for day 2. Snowden was hard work, but the sun was out and we were all fresh.

Day 2 was a lot cloudier, cooler, wetter and twice as long, with 5 separate summits!

We had 2 dogs with us and many experienced guides. Chief trackers were Rich Cooke, without whom, we could not have gone ahead, and Drew from our site at Dalby.

We also had Ben from GR (with Doug the dog), and Tess with 2 of her 3 sons Seb, and Simon who have been to Snowdonia many times before.

The Chief Gorilla (and his dog Rummy) was also on board to bring his usual blend of motivation and leadership.

Once I’d got over the wet feet at hour 1, and realised this was going to be tough, I became quite nervous, and quite introspective.

Snow2I had blisters forming from day 1 and the creaky knee was a concern. But morale did improve at the first summit. Then the weather turned – visibility, and temperature reduced – precipitation increased.

We came across a few lost souls, and Rich pointed them in the right direction. He also taught me a few map reading techniques, and that eased some fear of getting lost!

After the jitters on summit 2, I was thinking it couldn’t get worse, but at Summit 3, I was ready to get off the mountain. A bizarre dread of heights kicked in, a fear I wouldn’t make it. The trench foot (damp feet), plus dodgy knee and soggy gear were looking like insurmountable issues.

A quick look around, and a couple of chats revealed I wasn’t alone, but then a collective determination kicked in…

3 peaks down, 2 to go was actually half way. We were already ‘over the hill’. We were on the home straight. . .

Peak 4 was a proper rock climb, and quite soon after the 3rd so the power of positivity really kicked in. A few brave souls stood on The Cantilever (Attached Pic) and then there were people singing various hits from musicals and hits through the ages. Hakuna Matada was my personal favourite. (It means ‘no worries’)

Somehow, the steepest, rockiest, most slippery and worst downhill part of the day seemed a breeze. With fears receding, and knowledge that camp was a couple of hours away, we skipped up Tryfan and back. We then embarked on the long walk home.

It was on this walk, which was as tough as any of the descents, that the period of reflection kicked in.

I’ve done this once, but the people at The Outward Bound Trust (OBT) do this all the time, with groups of Young People less fortunate than ourselves.

I feared for my life, wished to be home, promised to be more grateful, realised what was important, and wanted to get back and put this positivity to good use.

This is why it is important to help support the OBT, to help all the participants return to civilisation with a renewed sense of purpose, and faith in fellow humans.

Ironically, if we all connected a little more with nature, animals, and each other – we may not need organisations like the OBT.

Until then, you can donate here, and help reconnect a few more young people that have had a poor start to life on Earth. . .”

Please add to our £40,000 fund raising target this year by visiting http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/GoApe2015 and help young people from all walks of life develop through outdoor activities.

For more on the amazing work they do please visit: www.outwardbound.org.uk

UPGRADE YOUR WALKING EXPERIENCE

Cotswold

A peaceful day out on the hills; fresh air fills your lungs as you absorb the breath taking scenery which surrounds you – walking in the great outdoors is a real joy, so you don’t want any niggling discomforts to get in the way of the fun, especially if you want to go further and tackle more adventurous routes. Let us walk you through the best ways to upgrade your gear so you can upgrade your walking experience!

BOOTS:

There’s more to choosing boots than just getting the sizing right. There are plenty of other things to consider, even down to the best way to lace them up – it can all make a big difference to your overall comfort. In a Cotswold store, staff can offer a free, expert boot fitting service, so pop in and they’ll be happy to guide you through it all.

SOCKS:

The right pair of socks can make a big difference to the comfort of your feet. Modern walking socks are made with numerous different yarns and techniques, so with the right balance of padding, elastic, insulation and moisture management, you’ll have happy feet.

WALKING POLES:

“Nimble as a mountain goat” – time to upgrade from two legs, to four. A pair of walking poles transforms you into a quadruped, adding stability and taking the strain off of your knees, reducing recovery time and letting you roam further.

CONSIDER SOFT SHELL:

Soft shell jackets are super versatile. They’re tough, breathable and because of the comfortable, supple fabrics that are used, they don’t rustle like a waterproof. They keep some of the water at bay, but for heavier rain you’ll want to switch to a waterproof.

DITCH YOUR COTTON:

Even the most breathable of outerwear won’t help if what you wear underneath stays damp, and that’s just what cotton does; once it gets damp, it stays damp. Get yourself into some base layers which shift the moisture away from your skin, keeping you from feeling clammy.

ACCESSORISE:

In lower temperatures, cold fingers, chilly ears, and a draught down your neck can often put a bit of a dampener on an otherwise brilliant day out. Choose some good gloves, a decent hat and a scarf or neck gaiter.

RUCKSACK:

A well fitted rucksack actually feels lighter to carry. The right shaped rucksack, properly adjusted, eliminates unnecessary strain on your back, neck and shoulders. In Cotswold, they’ll offer a free rucksack fitting to help you to get that perfect fit.

HYDRATION:

It’s essential to keep hydrated on a day out and if your water bottle is in your rucksack, it’s often easy to forget to regularly drink. A hydration system can eliminate this problem; a big pouch of water which fits into your rucksack with a long hose means you can easily access your water whenever you need.

GPS:

You should always have a map and compass with you when exploring trails, but a GPS makes very light work of navigational duties. Basic models help confirm where you are on a map and more sophisticated models show the map on screen with you marked on it.

BREATHABLE WATERPROOFS:

Some waterproofs can keep all the moisture in as well as keeping it out. By choosing a more technical, breathable fabric such as Gore-Tex, you can avoid a jacket full of condensation, which will help you to stay comfortable for longer.

Visit your nearest Cotswold store for some free expert advice or shop their walking range online now.

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Tech is changing the face of adventure

Suunuto

Adventure is all about pushing limits

Adventure technology gives us all the ability to go higher, further and deeper as we explore the deepest depths of the World. It’s a growing area that’s helping us all be better explorers. Our hairy friends at Suunto know a thing about adventure technology.

Suunto was born in 1936 and has been at the forefront of design and innovation for sports watches, dive computers and sports instruments ever since. From mountain to ocean, Suunto gives adventurers the ability to conquer new territory.

The tech that’s now available will open people up to new adventures. And that’s what challenges should be all about…

Here’s some products from Suunto that impress:

1. SUUNTO AMBIT3 PEAK BLACK

It’s all about the journey to your summit and that’s where the Suunto Ambit3 Peak comes in. It’s the ultimate GPS watch for adventure. It guides you every step of the way, providing all you need to get on and stay safe on your exploration. Tracking your heart rate, giving you up to date weather information and allowing you to navigate using track back, there really is no better companion out there.

2. SUUNTO EON STEEL

A new era in Suunto dive computers has evolved after 75 years of insight. There’s some seriously advanced technology that display exactly what you need. You can trace your real time gas consumption and monitor tank pressure allowing maximum dive time. Suunto EON Steel will dive with you for years to come!

3. SUUNTO MOVESCOUNT APP

Designed to enrich and share those epic moments – this App will ensure they stay with you for longer as you save and share the experience. The App allows you to track every bit of activity you do – tracking your calories, speed, distance and route as you go! Don’t forget to relive and share your adventures on Facebook – just sometimes you need to brag!

Technology means you can conquer new territory

 

Need inspiration for your next adventure?

Take a look at our adventure generator. It’s design to get you inspired, a foundation for you to create, a hub for you to WIN good things and a base for you to share your adventures!

Intrigued? Go on, click INSPIRE ME and #ShareAdventure.

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