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When Did You First Discover Adventure?


Adventure. It’s great, isn’t it? As you’ve probably guessed, we Go Ape folk are big on adventure, and not just because it’s part of our job. We’re always looking for ways we can get our next fix, from organising mini, weeknight adventures with our pals, to spending a few weeks scaling a mountain or two (or three).

We love those daring, heart-pumping, butterflies-in-the-stomach-inducing adventures. The ones where you start off thinking, “Why am I doing this?” and then finish thinking, “Why didn’t I do this sooner?!”

At the risk of sounding a little clichéd, living life adventurously is a lot like opening a tube of Pringles – once you pop… well, you know the rest. Adventure is addictive and we’re well and truly hooked. Are you?

When it comes to living life adventurously, everyone’s got to start somewhere – even the world’s most-celebrated adventurers were amateurs once. And for many people, it’s that very first adventure that is the most memorable, whether it took place two weeks, two months or two years ago.

What we want you to do is cast your mind back to the very first time you discovered adventure. This might be the first time you camped out with friends, the first time you braved off-piste skiing, or the first time you white-water rafted. It might be the first time you mingled with the locals in a foreign country or took-up a thrill seeking hobby.

Whatever your first adventure was, there’s no doubt you remember exactly how you felt in the run-up to it. All the excitement, mixed with nerves and anticipation – trying to steady your wobbling knees, while taking deep breaths to slow your racing heart rate.

The Feeling of AdventureAnd then, how you felt after your adventure. The “I did it!” kind of buzz you get as your knees stop trembling, the adrenaline starts to wane and your pulse rate starts to slow. That feeling is pretty incomparable, right?

A life lived adventurously is a life better lived. Why? Well, it encourages people to get out there – to try new things, visit new places and meet new people. It inspires you to push yourself to the limits to see what you’re really capable of. Adventure is everywhere, and it’s waiting for you to come and find it. (Who knows, maybe a trip to Go Ape will be where it all begins!)

So, it’s time to inspire others! We want you to reignite those memories of your first adventure and be an inspiration to us all. And, if you need an incentive, we’ve certainly got one: how does an adventurous family holiday to Corsica with Mark Warner sound?

To be in with a chance of winning, we want you to inspire others to live by the Go Ape ethos (which is to live life adventurously!). You might choose to share a story about your very first adventure, your latest adventure, or you could even describe that feeling you had when you did something amazingly adventurous. You’ve got just 250 characters… Good luck!

When did you first #DiscoverAdventure?

Supporting Adventure: Nikki Curwen’s Transatlantic Voyage

Nikki Curwen - Living Life Adventurously

Nikki CurwenSportswoman. Sailor. Adventurer.

However you describe Nikki Curwen, her resumé is pretty impressive, which is why we’re proud to announce that we are the lead sponsor for Nikki’s 2015 transatlantic voyage.

This year Nikki will take on challenge after challenge before competing – solo – in the gruelling Mini Transat expedition.

Covering over 4,000 miles, Nikki will race across the Atlantic taking on 84 competitors all vying for the prestigious first place.

What’s more…the Mini Transat is pure back-to-basics sailing. That means no communication and only a basic GPS and paper charts for navigation. If that’s not living life adventurously we don’t know what is!

Why are we getting involved?

It’s true, single-handedly crossing the Atlantic is a far stretch from the leafy hangouts we love exploring, but we take pride in supporting those that are committed to keeping the adventure in adventure.

Speaking about the upcoming expedition, Nikki told us;

“The Transat for me, although a competitive race, it is mostly about the adventure and the challenge. I love sailing and I’m always looking for the next thing to push me that bit further.



The boats are incredibly responsive, they almost feel alive. They’re so small you can really feel the power and witness it first hand.



When I was a little kid, maybe 7 years old – I made a bet with my older sister that we would sail across the Atlantic before we flew. I can honestly say I’ve kept my deal and this year will be my first time across the pond. In a tiny little 6.5m boat, by myself!!”

Nikki Curwen Sailing

“In order to enter the Transat you have to qualify by completing 1,000 miles of races as well as a 1000 mile non stop solo passage. The race is over subscribed and unfortunately not all can go.



Once you have completed your qualification miles you can join the entry list. Having had my boat a year now, I’ve already qualified and signed up with my entry confirmed for this September.”

What’s next for Nikki?

Having just completed the Lorient BSM this weekend, a 150 mile double handed race, Nikki’s lined up a further five races before taking on the Mini Transat in September this year. She’ll take on the Pornichet Select, the Mini En Mai, MAP, and Mini Fastnet – clocking up over 1,000 additional miles.

In the coming months we’ll be following Nikki’s journey as she takes on the unimaginable challenges of solo sailing. Next week, check out our exclusive Q&A as we find out what it takes to become an offshore sailor.

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