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Our Wish List Of Adventure Gadgets!

Back when we were kids, the authentic camping experience used to mean cold beans eaten straight from the tin (yum). It meant rain seeping through the tent and dripping on our heads. It meant blisters on our feet.

But times have changed and these days, there are gadgets out there to solve all those niggling issues that crop up when you spend time in the great outdoors! And that means you can have your adventure without worrying about anything except the fresh air in your lungs and the rugged path beneath your feet. Bliss.

Here at Go Ape, we’re the very definition of outdoorsy types. So we’ve made a wish list of the gadgets and gizmos that we want to take with us on our next adventure. Here it is…

Knottology Survival Kit Bracelets Knottology

Sometimes it’s not cutting-edge technology that saves the day, but a little helping hand from low-tech. The Knottology Survival Kit Bracelet is designed to help accompany you through the wilderness. You create your own bracelet using modular units, for example, a LED flashlight, whistle and storage compartment, which could contain things like iodine tablets or flint. Even the band itself has a variety of uses as it doubles as a cord! We’re impressed.

 

 

Sawyer Mini Water Filtration SystemThe Sawyer Mini – drink in the sights

Water. It keeps us alive and makes up 60% of our bodies – which is why we can’t rave enough about the Sawyer Mini, which lets you drink safely from nearly any water source. Weighing just two ounces, it can let you drink up to 100,000 gallons of water. So drink from puddles, sip from lakes – this water cleaning device will help keep you hydrated in the wild.

 

 

The Trillium Hammock – sleep in the fresh airTrillium Hammock

When it comes to tents, we’re particularly fussy campers. But the Trillium Hammock is one of the coolest things we’ve ever laid eyes on. Find trees, attach to trees and go, this triple hammock lets you levitate above the ground while you sleep, protected from the rain by a shelter above. We wouldn’t recommend it for heavy storms, but this would be the perfect tent to enjoy a mild spring evening in.

 

 

Olympus OM-D E-M5

Olympus OM-D E-M5 – capture memories

When we’re out and about, we love to take high-quality pictures. But we also live in fear that we might damage our cameras. The Olympus OM-D E-M5 is a sturdy, weatherproof camera that takes quality images too. It can take 16.1 megapixel pictures and supports 1080 video recording. So if you’re partial to a good outdoor adventure and prone to the occasional accidental drop, this could be the camera for you.

 

Biolite Campstove 2BioLite CampStove 2 – keep warm

After a long day of walking, climbing and everything else you can get up to in the forest, making a fire to cook your dinner is probably the last thing on your mind. Which is why we absolutely adore the BioLite CampStove 2. This nifty smokeless cooker has a heat-driven USB so can charge your gadgets while you eat. Not that you can get signal, mind. This second edition has 50% more power which means you don’t have to worry about it running out anytime soon.

 

 

Although the great outdoors is our favourite place to be, that doesn’t mean that it’s not helpful to have some gadgets in-hand to make our adventure that little more amiable. What’s on your wish list of adventure gizmos? Tell us below and we will try and add it to our next wish list post …

Special Guest blog post from 73 Year Old Silverback Frances Butcher

Go Ape Frances Hero
Find out about silverback grandmother Frances and her trip to Go Ape with her ‘Little Monkeys’ …

I tend to think of the grandchildren as ‘Little Monkeys’ (in the nicest possible way) but I recently found my inner-ape. The invitation to join my daughter and her two children on the Go Ape challenge at Thetford Forest filled me with excitement. Then I looked at the website and the excitement turned to trepidation, but I was determined not to show cowardice in front of anyone, let alone a 6-year old.

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On the appointed day we arrived in time for a picnic lunch and a review of the course from ground level, and it almost looked too easy. So I donned the harness and rushed to the start point. From 8 metres up in the trees it then didn’t look quite so easy, but I wasn’t going to admit that, even to myself.

Go Ape Frances 2 Border

I was amazed to find what fun it was crossing between trees on swinging pathways of various ingenious designs; clinging on to a cargo net, and walking over a suspension bridge of logs. The one challenge that I found mentally difficult was the balance log. Just a bare log between one tree and the next. But as there were people in front and behind me I told myself I just had to do it, and fortunately I did without resorting to the need to sit on it and shuffle along!

Go Ape Frances 1 Border

The best part though was the zip wire – hurtling through the air at high speed (or so it seemed). It was all over far too quickly. Did I find it difficult at my age? Not really, but as the course was rightly designed for children the height of some things meant I needed to stoop a little, but the biggest problem was that my large feet caught on things like the netting.

I would recommend anyone of any age to ‘have a go’ if they fancy it. I thoroughly enjoyed it, hope I didn’t embarrass my grandchildren, and may even do it again.

Want to try Go Ape? Find your nearest location here.

Keeping up with…Go Ape!

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Now, as you probably know, the Go Ape tribe are all about the great outdoors. We like to spend as much time as possible outside, away from the confines of walls and ceilings, totally surrounded by nature.

Those who work on our courses are lucky to be outside mostly all day long, while our office-based BananaHQ tribe find any excuse to stretch their legs in the great outdoors, swinging by our courses on a regular basis.

In the past, we’ve preached about disconnecting from tech, and reconnecting with the wonderful, natural world around us. But at the same time, we know how important tech is for keeping in touch with family and friends, and staying up-to-date with all that’s going on in the world. We don’t think tech is the devil, we just think it’s important to take breaks and strike a healthy balance!

Besides, if we didn’t have tech, just how would our lovely customers keep up with what’s going on in our neck of the woods? We’re a busy bunch, and love sharing our most recent adventures with you – like our brand new course opening at London’s infamous Ally Pally!

Also, our social channels provide a platform for you to share your Go Ape adventures with us! We love seeing pics of your time in the treetops, and vids of you on-board our Forest Segways. And it’s great to read your feedback, too – it lets us know what we’re doing well, and where we can improve!

And the thing is, by sharing your adventures on our social channels, you’re giving us a helping hand at succeeding in our mission – which is, to encourage others to live life more adventurously! When people see pics of others swinging through the trees Tarzan-style, wearing huge smiles, all of a sudden they want to embrace the great outdoors and have a go themselves.

There are many ways to stay up-to-date with all the goings-on at Go Ape, such as:

Twitter – @GoApeTribe

Check here for weekly Monday motivation posts, forest footage, competition details, vacancies and much more!

YouTube – GoApeTribe

A compilation of tree-mendous clips of the tribe in action at courses across the UK. If you’re yet to swing through the trees at Go Ape, you might find the ‘Perfect Your Style’ series useful, which shares insider tips on how to tackle some of our sky-high obstacles.

Instagram – @goapetribe

Must. Resist. Filter. A scrapbook of postcard-perfect pics from our sites, along with a handful of short clips.

Facebook – GoApeTribe

A mixture of everything, from competitions and course updates to snaps, vids and links to our latest blog posts! We’d include a link to our blog here, but you’re reading this article – so we guess you’ve already found it!

Or if you would like to get away from your screens come catch up with us in person

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Segway polo? What you need to know

UK Segway Polo

You’ve heard of polo, right?

No not the refreshing white mint! We’re talking about the team sport played on horseback, where riders try and score by driving a small white ball into their opponents’ net using long-handled mallets. Know the one?

Well, there have been many variations of the sport over the years. The US invented auto polo, where (as you can probably guess) four wheels take the place of four legs, as players buckle-up and ride around in cars. Then there’s cycle polo, motorbike polo, elephant polo (played in South Asia), and yak polo (played in Mongolia)!

But there’s one more take on traditional polo that we’ve so far failed to mention and this one definitely gets our vote: Segway polo!

We scoured the web (thanks a lot, Wiki!) and found some facts and stats on the sport…

  • Origin: The US
  • Rules: Adapted from a mix of bicycle and horse polo
  • Regulation field size: 61 metres x 39 metres
  • Goal size: 2.4 metres wide x 1.5 metres high
  • Match duration: 4 x 8-minute quarters, known in polo as “chukkers”
  • Countries played: Inc. US, UK, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Austria, Barbados, Lebanon
  • Established in the UK: 2014
  • Official governing body: The International Segway Polo Association (ISPA)
  • World championship: The Woz Challenge Cup
  • Our fave fact: The 2017 Woz Cup will be played in London this year, from 27 July to 30 July!

We bet you’re hoping that Segway polo comes up as a category in the next pub quiz, right? We sure are! In the meantime, how would you like to have a go on a Segway yourself?

Forest Segway Wood

In many of our locations across the UK, you can choose to embark on a Forest Segway Experience! You won’t be able to play any polo (sorry), but you will be able to get off the beaten track for an hour’s worth of exploration with your tribe.

Actually, thinking about it, you could always invent your own game of forest polo if you like pick up a long stick to use as a mallet, and a pine cone as your ball. But Segway-ing does require your undivided attention, and we wouldn’t want any passers-by to be struck be an airborne pine cone – ouch!

Segways are a great alternative to walking, running or biking the trails. They’re a chance to put your feet up and enjoy a leisurely cruise weaving in and out of the trees as you go!

A Forest Segway Experience costs just for 60 minutes and includes a safety demo, practice session (so you can master the art of balance), and a truly unforgettable experience in the heart of the forest. When your adventure is over and you roll back to base, you’ll receive a certificate as a memento that you can stick on the fridge.

Who knows, you might enjoy a Forest Segway Experience so much, you’ll want to find out if there are any local Segway polo teams in your area!

If you plan on rolling with us, make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointment. We hope to see you in the forest very soon!

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