Monthly Archives: October 2016

Calling all students! Save 15% off your Go Ape adventure!

Students Offers

We’ve been reminiscing over our uni days here at Banana HQ – thinking back to the craziness of Freshers’ week, and the struggle of suffering the dreaded ‘Freshers’ flu’.

We’ve been remembering how weird it felt to live alone for the first time (anyone know how to work a washing machine?) and how our culinary skills didn’t extend beyond a tuna and sweetcorn pasta bake.

From our student days, we know that you’d much rather spend your precious pennies on books and pens than beer and pizza (ahem). We know that living on a budget can be tough, and that you need to squeeze the most out of that maintenance loan. So, we want to help you out a little bit by offering a 15% discount on Go Ape adventures!

Having limited funds doesn’t mean you can’t have fun! Besides, what better way to break the ice with your new roomies than by unleashing your inner Tarzans in the tree tops?

Tree Top Adventure at Go ApeWhen the fun of Freshers’ week has passed and you need to knuckle down, you’ll appreciate a day in the great outdoors, away from your (possibly unpacked) bedroom. The middle of the forest is the perfect place to relax, unwind, and forget about that rather large pile of work waiting for you when you return.

The forest is also a great place for celebrating, too! Say, if you nailed a 2:1 for your first-ever submitted essay, or managed an entire week of lectures without dozing off (hurrah!).

As a student, you can receive 15% off any Go Ape adventure (excluding Saturdays) so long as you have a valid student card. All you need to do is call us on 0333 331 4987 and one of our tribe will happily book you all in.

So, what to do? Well, if you’ve never experienced one of our award-winning Tree Top Adventures, book one up!

The ultimate in forest-themed fun, the course will have you clambering across nets, balancing on tight ropes, swinging on stirrups, leaping off platforms, and whizzing down many zip wires!

Fancy something a little more relaxed? How does a peaceful cruise around the forest with your pri-mates sound? A Forest Segway Experience lasts an hour; after a quick briefing and balance lesson from one of the Go Ape tribe, you’re free to roam!

This glorious, colourful season has the Go Ape tribe feeling pretty darn generous.

So, this October, we’re offering a 20% discount off Sunday forest adventures! The promotion applies to all courses except from Go Ape Battersea.

But don’t forget, your student discount applies for the entire Go Ape season.

See you in the tree tops soon!

Win a Hamlyns breakfast hamper

Hamlyns

The Go Ape team love porridge, so we’re delighted to team up with Hamlyns of Scotland to offer our tribe the opportunity to win a fantastic breakfast hamper – we have three up for grabs!

Each wicker hamper includes a Sophie Conran Portmeirion breakfast china set, a Hamlyns teddy and apron, a wooden spurtle, and the whole range of Hamlyns porridge products.

Hamlyns oat mill is in Boyndie, Banffshire, close to our Crathes Castle location in Aberdeenshire, where the weather and soil conditions are perfect for growing oats. Visit the Hamlyns website to find out how they produce their lovely porridge oats, and get inspired by their delicious oaty recipes.

This competition is now over.

1. The promoter is: Adventure Forest Limited Trading as Go Ape Ltd whose registered office is at Unit 1, Fornham Business Court, The Drift, Fornham St Martin, Bury St Edmunds, IP31 1SL.

2. To enter the competition you must be: (a) UK resident; and (b) 18 years old or over at the time of entry.

3. Employees of Go Ape or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.

4. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.

5. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are shown above.

6. The competition period ends 10 November 2016

7. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not fully received for whatever reason.

8. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in any event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.

9. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.

10. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.

11. Winners will be chosen: at random by software provided by random.org from all entries received and verified by the Promoter.

12. The winner will be notified by email within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.

13. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

14. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by [English] law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of [England].

15. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current [UK] data protection legislation.

30 things to do in your lifetime

Adventure is out there

‘Tis the season for crackling fires, cosy blankets, scented candles, woolly hats, hearty soups and hot water bottles. Yes, autumn certainly is the snuggest season of them all!

And do you know what a new season calls for? A new you! This could be the season you start making little changes to help you lead a happier, more fulfilled, and more adventurous life!

It’s time to sit down (cup of hot brew optional) and start preparing that bucket list.
Forget New Year’s resolutions (you’ve probably forgotten what yours was, anyway) – we’re talking about new season resolutions!

Start realising your dreams

The next time you find yourself indoors twiddling your thumbs, grab a pen and paper and write a list of 30 things you want to see, do and experience in your lifetime. That list will give you motivation to get out there and start fulfilling your dreams!

Now, we’re not suggesting that you copy our ideas like for like, but if you’ve hit a (metaphorical) wall mid-way through your list, the following 30 ideas might give you some inspiration:
1. Volunteer for a cause close to your heart.
2. Run a marathon.Zip Wire
3. Organise a special surprise for someone close to you.
4. Do a good deed without expecting anything in return.
5. Learn a language.
6. Get back in touch with a long-lost friend.
7. Take a trip in a hot air balloon.
8. Be a mentor to someone.
9. See the Northern Lights.
10. Swim under a waterfall.
11. Try karaoke.
12. Have your portrait painted.
13. Attend a mega rock concert.
14. Sleep under the stars.
15. Write a short story and enter it for a competition.
16. Skydive.
17. Bury a time capsule.
18. Disconnect from tech for a whole week.
19. Learn to play an instrument.
20. Conquer a fear.
21. Leave a note for a stranger.
22. Watch a Broadway show.
23. Give blood.
24. Go backpacking.
25. Ride a horse on the beach.
26. Camp in the wild.
27. Make something with your hands.
28. Research your family tree.
29. Stargaze.
30. Meet your hero.

If number 20 strikes a chord with you, then you’re not alone. Many members of our tribe tackle our Tree Top Adventure to confront their fear of heights – and you should hear how proud they are when they complete it.

Don’t just take our word for it – watch some of our tribe share their experiences.

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Climbing The Matterhorn

Matterhorn

The Matterhorn is a mountain. I mean, it really is a Mountain.

If you were to ask a child to draw their idea of a snow capped peak, it would not look too dissimilar. The ‘Toblerone Mountain’ is one of impressive looks and one of solitude, sitting by itself with no other mountain dwarfing its majestic appearance, perhaps one of the most photographed peaks in the Alps. It is no wonder it is one of the busiest, its ability to catch your attention is undeniable. It caught mine and its been pinned up on my wall ever since.

The MatterhornAs I sit here packing, its all come a little quickly, it seems not long ago when my friend Rhys and I were standing in Zermatt looking up to where the Matterhorn should have been, but instead was shrouded in cloud, and with a weather report enough to terrify even the Night’s Watch, last year’s attempt didn’t even make it past the red draped tables of the Monte Rosa – it ended with a slight kick of a cafe chair and sigh, and an off the cuff trip climbing to the south of France.

Will it be second time lucky?

Here I am again, with a much tighter time restraint, a tighter wallet, but again waiting to board that plane in Bristol to take me back to the familiar streets of Chamonix and Zermatt, hoping against hope that I will be second time lucky. This time with Peter Hill who, before leaving to live in Chamonix, went climbing with me and witnessed my climbing prowess by seeing me spat off a climb in the Langdale valley called Mendez and promptly cracking a rib! All the same, he still wants to attempt the Hornli Ridge with me, kudos to him, he must have some faith in me…

For those who have little idea, the Hornli Ridge is the most popular route up the mountain, and is attempted by many people in the high season which runs from early July to Early September, the route is not overly technical – with high exposure, and a few pitches of some of the easiest rock climbing grades Vdiff – what makes the route a little more challenging, apart from the altitude, is the amount of people on one route. Rock fall is a very real danger on this route, from people abseiling back down the route, to waiting in exposed positions for the next party to move on. Route finding is also tricky business, especially when leaving the hut in the early morning.

Climbing The MatterhornThis mountain has been in the back of my mind ever since I joined a film crew, making a short film about the first ascent of the mountain, and was given a small part – walking about in tweed and hobnail boots, and giving me a tiny taste of what it may have been like for the first ascentionists. And you know what, tweed wasn’t too bad…(says the man with a Gore tex jacket sitting safely beside him whilst filming).

Go Ape’s Adventure Fund in practise

This trip wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for Go Ape. Their Adventure Fund enabled me to put my dreams into action.

If you’d like to read my whole story, the ups and the downs, then head over to my blog!

Thanks all. Joss Guyer.

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