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“Live Life Adventurously” Go Ape

Now, those of you au fait with the Go Ape blog will know that we appreciate a good quote. In fact, we don’t just appreciate good quotes we LOVE them.

We love reading quotes that make us smile, make us laugh, or get us thinking. We love quotes that inspire us, or give us a fresh perspective on something. Oh, and we also love quotes that leave us reaching for the tissues…

We always want to share the love, passing on some of our favourite quotes in the hope that you’ll enjoy them, too!

The theme for this week’s post? Adventure! As you know, the Go Ape tribe are all about living life to its very fullest. It’s part of our motto: “creating adventures, encouraging others to live life more adventurously.” And so, we welcome any quote that helps inspire you to break free from that boring comfort zone, get out there, and start making memories that’ll last a lifetime!

Ready for adventure? You will be after reading these…
“If things seem under control, you’re just not going fast enough.” Mario Andretti
“You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong.” Sue Fitzmaurice
“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” T. S. Eliot
“Instead of trying to make your life perfect, give yourself the freedom to make it an adventure and go ever upward.” Drew Houston
“Fill your life with adventure, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.” Anon.
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the juAdventure is out theredgement that something else is more important than fear.” Ambrose Redmoon
“Life is either a great adventure or nothing.” Helen Keller
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” George Eliot
“If happiness is the goal and it should be then adventure should be a top priority.” Richard Branson
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain
The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” Eleanor Roosevelt
“Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.” Jack Kerouac
“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” Katharine Hepburn
“Always remember, it’s simply not an adventure worth telling if there aren’t any dragons.” Sarah Ban Breathnach.

…Do you now feel the fire in your belly? Have you suddenly developed a thirst for adventure? Stop putting your life on hold get out there and start living adventurously today! Why not kick things off by booking a Tree Top Adventure for you and your tribe?

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It’s National Gorilla Suit Day…and we need your help!

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We know that many of you will be happy to see the end of January, but the Go Ape tribe are looking forward to the 31st for another reason altogether: it’s National Gorilla Suit Day!

For you lovely folk, National Gorilla Suit Day presents the perfect opportunity to stroll around town dressed as an ape…and get away with it! If anyone raises their eyebrows (or runs away screaming), just say to them:

“Didn’t you know it’s National Gorilla Suit Day?!”

Pass on the knowledge, and hopefully next year they’ll join in and celebrate too!

Anyway, we’re actually after your help. We’ve decided it’s time to refresh our wardrobe. As you can imagine, we get through our fair share of gorilla suits. So we’ve decided to treat ourselves to some new furry finery… a gift to us, from us!

We’ve scoured the web for some new suits and have narrowed it down to five options. Your opinions, please…

Option 1

Go Ape Gorilla Costume Option 1

A classic choice, and not too different from our current clobber (though this guy does look a bit possessed, sort of like Frankenstein’s monster, don’t you think?). The question is: do we go with what we know, or mix it up a little this time…?

Option 2

Go Ape Gorilla Costume Option 2

Dressed in this neon suit, there’ll be no more blending in with the forest! And that means no more creeping up on visitors and surprising them when they least expect it (boo!). We dig pink, but we can’t imagine it staying this colour for long in the forest.

Option 3

Go Ape Gorilla Costume Option 3

Woah! What is this? A freshly-shaved gorilla? We’re sure it’d be easier navigating one of our Tree Top Adventures courses with this sleek suit on, but it lacks authenticity. It won’t be as snug as the furry alternatives either, meaning we might get chilly when swinging from tree to tree. And are we the only ones who find it kind of creepy?!

Option 4

Go Ape Gorilla Costume Option 4

Another realistic gorilla suit and we think this guy looks much more cheery than option 1! Oh-ah-ah, or oh-ah-na?

Option 5

Go Ape Gorilla Costume Option 5

Oh no! One of the Go Ape tribe members has been captured by a gorilla! We’re sure this suit will get some laughs, but that big cage on the front might not make it the most practical of options!…And there we have it five choices for Go Ape’s new gorilla suits.

Which one would you like to see us monkeying around in the forest in? Tell us on Twitter @GoApeTribe

17 Years of Pantone Colour of the Year…which is your favourite?

Pantone Colour of the Year 2017 Greenery

You may have seem that the 2017 Pantone Colour of the Year is the wonderfully dubbed ‘Greenery’ or to be more precise PANTONE 15-0343. But did you know the Pantone Colour of the year has existed since 2000?

That’s right, there have been 17 glorious colours that have taken the prestigious title, “but why?” we hear you ask? The Pantone Colour Institute upholds that colour “has always been an integral part of how a culture expresses the attitudes and emotions of the times.” – and what better way to set the tone for a new year than a newly assigned celebratory colour.

How does Pantone decide on a Colour of the Year?

The Pantone Colour Institute meets with representatives from various nations colour standards groups in secret (!) twice a year, where after two days of discussion they decide on a colour for the following year.

Each chosen colour is said to be a visual portrayal of the zeitgeist, connecting with the ideas, beliefs and spirit of a particular period of history.

Say hello to ‘Greenery’

Rejuvenation, restoration and renewed energy – all sound pretty good right? Well these are the themes behind Greenery.

Symbolic of new beginnings, Pantone’s executive director Leatrice Eiseman puts it this way:

“Greenery symbolises the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”

“The tangy yellow-green speaks to our desire to express, explore, experiment and reinvent, imparting a sense of buoyancy,” said Leatrice.

It’s a fresh shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, Greenery’s fresh and zesty yellow-green envelops the notion to breathe, reinvigorate and appreciate the great outdoors. And, it won’t be long before our leafy hideouts across the UK will be engulfed in this fashionable filter.

Just check out the vid below to see an abundance of 15-0343.

Of course we’re a bit biased, which year has been your favourite?

Pantone Colour of the Year by Year

Credit: Wikipedia

Tweet us @GoApeTribe and let us know which is your favourite.

*Image Credit: Pantone

‘Tis the season to find fun winter activities

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‘Tis the season to be jolly. And so you should be.

Not too long now and you’ll be waking up with a stocking filled with gifts by your bed and presents under your tree. We’re still gutted that we don’t get gifts under every tree in the forest on Christmas morning – we’ve asked, but Santa doesn’t take any notice.

Brrrr! It’s pretty chilly this time of year, but how can you make the most of the lovely British winter? Here are our top tips for making the most of the crisp Christmas climate.

Look local

DeerChristmas means something different to everyone. But, whether you live in the big city, or your home is in a village so quiet that you sometimes feel like you’re in an episode of Midsummer Murders (minus the murder of course), there are plenty of ways to celebrate and things to do. Keep a beady eye on local noticeboards, forums and papers to find the best activities nearby.

Ice skating

Vroom. Glide like you’ve never glided before with some ice skating. Most cities cater to the flock of migrating tourists by setting up a temporary ice rink in the winter months. This is the perfect time for you to dust off your skates and get back into everyone’s favourite winter pastime.

Christmas markets

This little shed went to market, this little shed went too, and all the people came, to buy some things… for you. Christmas markets have such a wonderful atmosphere. They also have mulled wine. Mmmm. Christmas markets are often packed to bursting with local businesses that have something interesting to offer. Whether it’s home-grown chilli or a local mince pie recipe, you can get to know your local traders a little better at a seasonal market stall, as well as find tasty treats to tide you over until Christmas.

Carols

Deck the halls with Christmas spirit. Tra la la la la, la la la la.

What could be more scenic that carollers singing away complete with a flickering candle and your favourite merry tunes? Whether you join in or just go to watch, carols are an important part of Christmas.

Tree Top Junior in WinterWinter walks

Autumn has been showing off for the last few months, flaunting its leaves around like nobody’s business, so now it’s time to give winter some love. Take a walk in your local forest and appreciate the beauty of bare trees and winter fauna. Perhaps grab a camera and take some snaps, or even a selfie – #nature.

Snow thing like Christmas

Snow: every year it’s what we hope for, it’s what we long for. From snowball fights to making a snow-ape, there are so many ways you can play with snow. You could even get your sled out and zoom down your nearest hill (carefully of course). We personally like to take this rare opportunity to make a herd of snow creatures great and small. Then, when we go to bed, we wish them alive (you’ve seen The Snowman, right?) We know it’s unlikely, but we can’t resist rooting for a miracle. After all, it’s Christmas.

Anyway, Merry Chrimbo to you and your little apes from the whole Go Ape team. We’ll see you in the treetops in the New Year!

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