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Don’t forget…we’ve branched out!

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Don’t get us wrong, we love winter.

We love celebrating Christmas with our friends and family, we love how magical everything looks, and we love indulging in all that festive food and drink (mulled wine, anyone?).

But there are two things about winter that we don’t love so much:

1. Having to wake up extra early in the morning to de-ice the car in the freezing cold.

2. Not seeing you lovely lot as much!

As you know, our Tree Top Adventure courses take some time-out during the winter, with most of them opening back up again in February. Although, luckily for the little monkeys, our Tree Top Junior courses stay open!

Anyway…for those of you who are fully grown, if you’re looking for something to fill that Go Ape void this winter, we’ve got the perfect activity: Air Space!

If you didn’t know already, Go Ape has branched out, adding another one-of-a-kind adventure to its already impressive line-up!

This time, instead of trees, it’s trampolines. Over 100 trampolines, in fact!

And they’re all joined up to make up one gigantic, spring-loaded urban playground! You won’t be swinging; you’ll be bouncing, hopping, seat-dropping and somersaulting!

Air Space is open all year round and suitable for thrill-seekers aged five and up. There are parks in Glasgow, Wolverhampton and Stevenage, with Manchester and Liverpool Air Spaces coming soon!

How you spend your time at Air Space is completely up to you.

Perhaps you want to start off your adventure perfecting your skills in the main arena, before pulling some otherworldly mid-air moves (and impressing your mates) over at the power jumping tramp. Then, you could head to the mega-soft, giant air bag, which is ideal for fine-tuning your somersault technique!

If you’re bouncing with your buds, why not split into two teams for a game of dodgeball…with added bounce? You can also shoot hoops on a basketball court that’s spring-loaded – which can help a lot when trying to get the ball in the net!

Air Space also hosts some pretty special events you can get involved in. For instance, our Freestyle Fitness classes can help to keep you fit over the festive period (so you can eat all those mince pies guilt-free), or you can bounce/boogie ‘til you drop at one of our Club Space nights!

Ready to be transported to new heights? Book your Air Space adventure today!

Winners of the Amazon Growing Business Awards

Amazon Growing Business Awards Go Ape

What a great way to kick off the month. The news arrived via email on a cold Thursday morning – we’ve been named the Rural Business of the Year in Amazon’s Growing Business Awards. We realised we’d been growing rapidly these last few years, but we just had to double check the math (30 gorilla suits x 61 activities ÷ 2,000 bananas… yup, we’ve definitely come a long way.)

As we’ve grown, we’ve been able to offer accessible adventure to more people around the UK and now in the USA. We’ve encouraged more people than ever to get out and live life adventurously – and we’re chuffed to bits about that. We’re proud of how many Tarzans and Janes have been able to swing through our trees and we hope to keep growing to bring more adventures to more places.

Here’s what the Go Ape co-founders and Chief Gorillas, Tristram and Rebecca Mayhew, had to say:

It’s a tree-mendous feeling to be judged Britain’s Best Rural Business, based on Go Ape’s mission, vision and values, and to be recognised for environmental and social responsibility.

 Go Ape has always been about creating adventures and encouraging everyone to live life adventurously. We campaign to keep the ‘adventure’ in adventure and encourage “I can’t” to become “I can!”, believing that zero risk results in zero development. 

But the thing we feel most proud about is being able to create hundreds and hundreds of worthwhile, rewarding jobs and careers, supporting rural communities – which don’t normally grow on trees. 

Live life adventurously!

And we’re not finished yet!

Not even a little bit. Keep watching this space to hear about our new adventures we have coming your way. The next adventure we’re welcoming into our tribe…. Go Ape Alexandra Palace. Find out more here and don’t forget you can sign up to the Gorilla Newsbeat to hear the latest tribe news.

 

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.

Our favourite summer superstars!

Half term activities for kids

This summer, we asked you to leap from your comfort zones and live life more adventurously with our #TakeTheFirstStep campaign.

We were blown away with your awesome responses to our jungle call, and were thrilled to see adventurers of all ages, shapes and sizes getting out and active in the treetops!

Let’s take a look at some of our favourite summer superstars who dared to try something new this summer, and couldn’t wait to share their experiences with us… welcome to the tribe, guys!

Melvyn Jubb

Melvyn didn’t let the small matter of turning 80 prevent him from doing something that he’d wanted to do for years. After receiving a surprise Go Ape experience from his loved ones, he spent his birthday zooming along a zip wire through Grizedale forest – now that’s a story to tell the grandkids!
Melvyn Jubb at Go Ape

Hollie (@itsokhollie)

Young Hollie shared with us on Twitter an amazing video of her overcoming her fears on one of our Tarzan Swings. Hollie said that she deliberated for a whole minute and six seconds before finally making that leap – don’t worry Hollie, the Tarzan Swing is one of the toughest parts of our course! Well done for stepping off that edge! Click on Hollie’s name to see the awesome video.

Elspeth Rose (@elspeth_rose88)

We loved seeing how much fun Elspeth and her partner had on a sunny day out at our Dalby forest in North Yorkshire. She told us she couldn’t stop grinning and that it was one of the best days she’d ever had – glad we could put a smile on your face, Elspeth!

Elspeth Rose at Go Ape

Chris Eagles and son (@cjeagles)

Littles ones have to make that first step too, and what better way to boost their physical confidence than a day tackling some challenging treetop obstacles? That’s exactly what Chris Eagles and his five-year-old son did in the Forest of Dean this summer, working together to complete the Tree Top Junior course. We hope we’ve inspired a lifetime of adventures!

Chris Eagles and Son at Go Ape

Harry Akers-Butcher

The Akers-Butchers sent us an epic action shot of son Harry whizzing along a zip wire at Moors Valley. Apparently the adults loved it just as much as the kids, and it brought out the whole family’s sense of adventure – great news! We were also chuffed with their comments about our Go Ape team; the family said they were “so friendly” and made them all feel confident enough to head up into the trees – well, that’s what we’re here for!

Harry Akers-Butcher at Go Ape

Kevin (@ke2v1n)

26-year-old Kevin said it was only once he’d climbed the ladder that he appreciated the full scale of the task ahead of him! But once again our team encouraged him to push his limits and complete even the hardest of routes – and how did he feel afterwards? “That sense of accomplishment at the end is unrivalled,” he told us.

Kevin @ke2v1n at Go Ape

As we’ve said before, the greatest journeys start with the smallest of steps. So there’s no more saying “it can wait until tomorrow” or “I’m not ready” – if you want to live life to its fullest, there’s no time like the present!

If you’re ready to have an adventure of your own, take a look at our Go Ape locations all over the country to find one near you!

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