Adventurists, explorers, climbers, Go Ape-rs’ anyone who (like us) shares a burning passion for the wonderful wild world a put the 24th of June in your diaries.
Why? Because it’s The Big Canopy Campout!
On the eve of the 24th, canopy and climbing communities across the world will unite to spend the night pitched-up in the treetops, underneath the stars (our idea of heaven). The campout will raise money to help the World Land Trust (WLT) purchase and protect critically threatened rainforest in Borneo.
If you’ve never heard of the WLT, it’s a charity focused on rainforest conservation with over 20 years of experience carrying out successful environmental projects.
Sir David Attenborough said: The money that is given to the World Land Trust, in my estimation, has more effect on the wild world than almost anything I can think of.
Each expert troop around the world will share pics, vids and experiences of their canopy camps on social media and on The Big Canopy Campout website. They’ll be monitored from dusk until dawn, helping us to learn about the unique life and environment of every forest.
Now, we can’t let all the pros have all the fun, can we? The Big Canopy Campout is calling out to YOU to get involved! It wants YOU to join in and celebrate rainforests and help protect the canopy through adventure!
Chances are, you may not have the skills, experience or equipment needed to rig a tent in the treetops (if you do, then climb away!). But you can still set-up camp on the ground, whether it’s in woodland, or in your own back garden with your family or buddies. You might not be treated to the same awe-inspiring views from the floor, but the experience will be just as exciting!
As the event website explains, it doesn’t matter where you end up camping, but it would be great if it was somewhere with a story; somewhere perfectly picturesque and where you’re surrounded by forest life.
If you like, you can fundraise for The Big Canopy Campout or, just sharing your experiences on social media using the hashtag #TheBigCanopyCampout will help to spread the word and raise much-needed awareness about this awesome cause!
The Go Ape tribe will certainly be joining in the fun in any way we can. We spend most of our time in the canopy; and although we’re pros (if we do say so ourselves) at treetop obstacle courses, we’re not as skilled at pitching up a tent in the treetops. So, we think we’ll be setting up base on the forest floor!