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Adrenaline rush? Yes please!

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The body works in wonderful (and mysterious) ways, don’t you think?

Take adrenaline, for example. This hormone plays a key role in our so-called fight-or-flight responses it’s pumped around our bodies whenever we’re put in pulse-racing situations.

Remember how the last time you did something ‘scary’ your palms started to sweat? Remember how your knees wobbled, your teeth chattered, and your stomach felt like it was being churned at full speed inside a washing machine?

But can you also remember how you felt overcoming that scary thing? How you felt that burst of energy travel throughout your entire body, from your head down your toes? How you started to shiver, even though you weren’t cold? All of these things you felt are down to adrenaline!

Adrenaline is that surge of energy that increases our heart rate and blood pressure, and heightens our senses. And you might not know this, but although the hormone is released in response to stressful situations, adrenaline rushes can actually be good for us.

Adrenaline can boost alertness and awareness, and improve memory and cognitive function. It can also block feelings of pain, help out our immune system and give us increased strength for the duration of the ‘rush’!

Of course, to experience an adrenaline rush, you need to leave the confines of your comfort zone and step out into the unknown. Besides, comfort zones are restrictive and boring they stop us from living life adventurously (which is our very motto). Boo!

So, are you ready to show your daring side? You don’t have to embark on something super crazy just yet; just something that will get your heart rate climbing. Something that will excite you and leave you wanting more!

Before you go jumping off a platform with a bungee cord wrapped around your ankles, why not jump off a platform and into a giant net at Go Ape!?

Our Tree Top Adventure is guaranteed to get your pulse racing for a number of reasons. One of which is that the course is set high in the canopy (if you didn’t gather already),
which certainly gives the obstacles that extra ‘edge.’ Another reason is that you’ll come across some truly testing obstacles along the way some will stop you in your tracks and make you ponder, “How am I going to do this!?”

Go Ape Zip LineYour courage will be put to the test when crossing obstacles like our Tightrope no hands! Then of course there’s our infamous Tarzan Swing, where you have to muster up the courage to leap into the air! It may take a few seconds, it may take a minute just don’t forget to holler!

Oh, and you’re bound to feel an adrenaline rush as you whizz through the air on our zip wires, which complete each part of the course! It feels like you’re flying that is, of course, until you land (gracefully or not-so-gracefully) in a soft pile of squidgy wood chip!

So, what are you waiting for? Come and experience the ultimate adrenaline rush at Go Ape!

Like a bit of air time?

Why not check out Air Space! It’s the UK’s ultimate trampoline park with locations in Stevenage, Wolverhampton and East Kilbride, boasting 100’s of trampolines to freejump as well as basketball, dodgeball and more.

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Special Guest blog post from 73 Year Old Silverback Frances Butcher

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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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How to come out of hibernation…the Go Ape way!

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Although we promote year-round adventures, we know that many people choose to hibernate during the winter months. They escape Mother Nature’s elements by spending their evenings and weekends inside, in the warmth, sheltered by four walls and a ceiling.

Don’t get us wrong, we love the occasional cosy night in or lazy weekend day. But if we spend too much of our time indoors, we start to go a bit stir crazy!

It’s important to resist the temptation to hide from winter by hibernating until spring. Why? Because heading out into the great outdoors this time of year has loads of benefits – such as…

– It improves our mood, helping us to combat the notorious SAD (that’s short for Seasonal Affective Disorder, if you didn’t know)
– It enhances creativity and focus (ideal if you’re trying to think up a brilliant idea or solve a problem!)
– We get to soak up some of that much-needed Vitamin D
– Our immune systems gets stronger, helping us to stave off the dreaded winter lurgy

Now you’re aware of the benefits, just how can you come out of hibernation in style!? We asked the Go Ape tribe to offer some suggestions…

Reach a peak

“Dig out and dust off your hiking boots and conquer a mountain peak or two with your other half. Don’t forget to pack some grub to enjoy at the top!”

Set up camp

“Pitch-up under the stars and spend the night around a campfire with your family, telling stories, singing songs and toasting marshmallows. Don’t forget blankets lots of blankets…”

Take to the trails

“Test your mountain biking skills on some local trails. Don’t worry about a spot or two of rain slippery trails are all the more fun, after all!”

Ride the waves

“Don a wetsuit and head for water go diving, sailing, kayaking, surfing or paddle boarding.”

Get snap happyGo Ape Snappy Rainbow

“Take your fancy camera for a trip to the countryside (or ask to borrow a friend’s). It’s surprising how much more of your surroundings you soak in when searching for the perfect shot.”

Off the beaten track

“Ditch the treadmills and boring roads. Pick a mountain and give fell running a shot. It’s so much more rewarding and the views are always awesome!”

Head deep underground

“Join a group to explore some of the UK’s eerily fascinating caves. White Scar Cave, Peak Cavern and Chislehurst Caves all get my vote.”

Get your adrenaline pumping

“If you’re looking for something to get your pulse racing, try canyoning in Wales. It’s basically white water rafting without the raft!”

Swing through the trees

“Let loose in the forest at Go Ape! You’ll feel like you can conquer anything when you complete one of our Tree Top Adventure courses.”

If you’re one step ahead of us and have already ditched the confines of your humble abode for the great outdoors, let us know how you came out of hibernation! We’re always on the hunt for new adventure ideas…

 

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