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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!

Go Ape Aberfoyle

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?

Segway polo? What you need to know

UK Segway Polo

You’ve heard of polo, right?

No not the refreshing white mint! We’re talking about the team sport played on horseback, where riders try and score by driving a small white ball into their opponents’ net using long-handled mallets. Know the one?

Well, there have been many variations of the sport over the years. The US invented auto polo, where (as you can probably guess) four wheels take the place of four legs, as players buckle-up and ride around in cars. Then there’s cycle polo, motorbike polo, elephant polo (played in South Asia), and yak polo (played in Mongolia)!

But there’s one more take on traditional polo that we’ve so far failed to mention and this one definitely gets our vote: Segway polo!

We scoured the web (thanks a lot, Wiki!) and found some facts and stats on the sport…

  • Origin: The US
  • Rules: Adapted from a mix of bicycle and horse polo
  • Regulation field size: 61 metres x 39 metres
  • Goal size: 2.4 metres wide x 1.5 metres high
  • Match duration: 4 x 8-minute quarters, known in polo as “chukkers”
  • Countries played: Inc. US, UK, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Austria, Barbados, Lebanon
  • Established in the UK: 2014
  • Official governing body: The International Segway Polo Association (ISPA)
  • World championship: The Woz Challenge Cup
  • Our fave fact: The 2017 Woz Cup will be played in London this year, from 27 July to 30 July!

We bet you’re hoping that Segway polo comes up as a category in the next pub quiz, right? We sure are! In the meantime, how would you like to have a go on a Segway yourself?

Forest Segway Wood

In many of our locations across the UK, you can choose to embark on a Forest Segway Experience! You won’t be able to play any polo (sorry), but you will be able to get off the beaten track for an hour’s worth of exploration with your tribe.

Actually, thinking about it, you could always invent your own game of forest polo if you like pick up a long stick to use as a mallet, and a pine cone as your ball. But Segway-ing does require your undivided attention, and we wouldn’t want any passers-by to be struck be an airborne pine cone – ouch!

Segways are a great alternative to walking, running or biking the trails. They’re a chance to put your feet up and enjoy a leisurely cruise weaving in and out of the trees as you go!

A Forest Segway Experience costs just for 60 minutes and includes a safety demo, practice session (so you can master the art of balance), and a truly unforgettable experience in the heart of the forest. When your adventure is over and you roll back to base, you’ll receive a certificate as a memento that you can stick on the fridge.

Who knows, you might enjoy a Forest Segway Experience so much, you’ll want to find out if there are any local Segway polo teams in your area!

If you plan on rolling with us, make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointment. We hope to see you in the forest very soon!

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

Go Ape Hibernaton Blog

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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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