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Adrenaline rush? Yes please!

Zip Adrenaline

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.

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

93 Year Old Raymond Tackles Go Ape Crathes Castle

Raymond Go Ape Crathes Castle

Raymond Zip WireWe love an inspirational tale here at Banana HQ. Every now and again we hear about something so fantastic, that we have to rise from our seats and applaud. Andy Murray’s Wimbledon win. Tim Peake’s historic space landing. That dog from Southend who can skateboard.

But a few weeks ago, we heard a story that really knocked us sideways.

When Louise Finlayson decided to celebrate her 21st birthday at Go Ape Crathes Castle, her grandpa Raymond was determined to not miss out on the fun.

Reminding us that age really is just a number, 93-year-old Raymond became the oldest ever Tribesman to take on a Go Ape course. The inspirational nonagenarian enjoyed every second of his visit, completing both the zip wire and the Tarzan swing.

Raymond said: “I don’t think age should ever be a barrier and I am always keen to try something new. Now that I have been to Go Ape and know what to expect I will be better prepared for my next visit, when I am planning on completing the rest of the course.”

Wow. Here’s to Raymond, and all the other adventurous silverbacks out there reminding us that there is no limit to the human spirit.

Adventure is available for apes of all ages over one metre tall. Book your next forest experience.

The highest Go Ape sites, do you dare?

Zip Wires at Go Ape Dalby

They say that he who dares, wins …..

And we can testify that as you’re swinging through the trees at one of our Go Ape adventures, letting loose with a Tarzan-esque yell, you’ll feel like a winner, through and through!

Go Ape doesn’t just make a great day out for the average adrenaline junkie.

Go Ape offers a range of fun for all the family, from Segway tours through spectacular forests, blooming with beautiful beech trees, marvellous maples and outstanding oaks, to Tree Top Junior adventures ideal for any little monkeys you might have in your tribe.

However, if it’s adrenaline you fancy then, by golly, that’s what you shall have! In buckets, as a matter of fact! The only question is, do you dare to tackle the highest Go Ape adventures in the UK? And will your tribe be able to keep up? After all, there’s nothing wrong with a little friendly competition… We’re sure even Tarzan would agree!Zip-Trekking-Adventure-Go-Ape-Grizedale-Forest

If you’re up for the challenge of testing our most extreme adventures, we’d first suggest heading over to Go Ape Grizedale, Cumbria, where our site is located right in the heart of the sumptuous scenery of the Lake District. Here you can try 275 metres of zip wires on for size in our Zip Trekking Adventure, a network of seven tandem zip-lines that will have you scraping the tops of the Douglas Firs. It’s a whole other world up there we’re not sure you’ll want to come down! And once you do, we believe you’ll have more of a head for heights than ever before!

Once you’ve had a bit of practice (you didn’t think that was our longest zip wire did you?), you’re ready to get acquainted with our Aberfoyle course, set in the stunning surroundings of Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. Here you will travel a whopping 46 metres above the ground on two of Britain’s longest zip wires hold on to your hats because this 426 metre long trip is quite a ride!

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If testing your balancing skills before flinging yourself off uber-high platforms is more your cup of tea (and if it isn’t, it should be!) then we suggest getting in some practice at our Dalby site in North Yorkshire where our 35 metre high platform is the perfect spot to take in the views of the plunging valley below.

Then, when you’re ready to seriously test your mettle, the only place to be is the sensational Glentress Forest, where a 48 metre high platform is nestled away in the Scottish borders.

In fact, this is the location of our highest zip wire too an awe-inspiring way to get a good look at Scotland!

Finally, once you’ve conquered these sites, it’s time to try out our longest crossing at Crathes Castle, Aberdeenshire 92 metres of traversing the tree-tops whilst surrounded by 240 hectares of formal gardens, woodland walks and rolling Scottish countryside.

So, we ask you again… do you dare?

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