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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

Find An Adventure – Visit Go Ape

8 reasons why early mornings rock!

Happy Go Ape Breakfast

Rise and shine!

Do you embrace early starts, or are you a self-confessed serial snoozer?

If you dread your alarm going off every morning, we want to change that! We think it’s about time you learned to love the early a.m. and become something you never thought you’d become: a morning person!

There are loads of benefits to being an early riser 8 of these include:
Feel more awake

The more you snooze your alarm, the more groggy and fuzzy-headed you feel when you get up. Get up the first time it goes off, and you’re more likely to feel fresh as a daisy!

Time to shower

Splish, splash! There’s nothing like a cool, refreshing shower to set you up for the day. Plus, taking a shower in the morning means one less thing to do after work. We call that a win-win!

A few moments of peace

Hear that? No? Exactly. Rise before your family and enjoy a few moments of peace and quiet to yourself that is, before the mayhem ensues!

Get some exercise

Exercising in the mornings has loads of benefits, from improving our mood and concentration to boosting our metabolism and energy levels. How you choose to exercise is up to you go on a run, visit the gym en-route to the office, or workout to a YouTube tutorial from the comfort of your own living room!

Shake up breakfast
Make a healthy brekkie

Grabbing a high-sugar cereal bar on your way out the door does not constitute a healthy breakfast! Having more time in the mornings means you can prepare yourself a nutritious brekkie that’ll keep you fuller for longer!

 Write your to-do list

…While you’re enjoying your fresh fruit and yoghurt, you could get to work on your to-do list for the day, saving you a task when you get into the office.

Do some chores

Get some of your household chores out of the way so that you have more time to enjoy to yourself in the evenings!

Beat the rush

Leave your house nice and early and the dreaded morning rush hour commute won’t be a problem for you anymore! If your boss allows flexitime, then an early start will also mean an early finish.

Every morning this week, try to get up a little earlier than usual you’ll quickly realise the benefits of being an early riser! And if you can’t seem to shake the habit of snoozing the alarm on your phone, put it somewhere out of reach so that you have to get up to turn it off. This trick works a treat!

Pssst…Now you have so much free time on your hands in the evening, how do you fancy blowing off some post-work steam in the treetops at Go Ape?! With 31 locations across the UK, there’s bound to be a Tree Top Adventure course near you!


4 ways to stay warmer than freshly popped toast

Winter at Go Ape

Brrrrrr…cold out there, isn’t it?

Not that we mind. In fact, we find this weather pretty refreshing. These nippy temperatures have got us longing for some of the white stuff or shall we say, some more of the white stuff, as the last lot was unimpressive at best!

We want to scavenge the forest for bits to build a snow gorilla, and we want to host the ultimate snowball fight (tree trunks make great shields, don’t you know?).

Anyway, we realise we’re going to sound like nagging grandparents when we say this, but it’s really important to keep warm this winter! Jack Frost is out there, ready to nip at your fingers, nose and toes if you’re underprepared, there’s a chance you’ll catch the dreaded lurgy, and no one wants that!

So, here are four ways to stay warm this winter…

1) Layer up

Shorts? In this weather? Nuh-uh! If it’s icy outside, layer up jacket, coat, hat, scarf, gloves, the lot. Wearing clothes made from wool, cotton or other fleecy fibres will keep you super-cosy as they help to maintain body heat. And another stay-toasty-tip: if you’re heading out on a walk, put some hand warmers in your coat pockets. They work a treat. For egg-stra smugness, why not hardboil some eggs to use as handwarmers. Once you’re warmed up they make a great snack too!

2) Exercise in the morning

Nothing gets the blood pumping quite like exercise and as your muscles warm up, so do you! Aside from keeping you toasty, a morning workout sharpens the mind, improves your mood, and gives your metabolism a boost, too. Whether you choose to run, ride, or embark on an intense morning HIIT session is up to you!

Tell you what else will warm you up: swinging through the trees monkey-style at Go Ape! You’ll not only swing – you’ll jump, climb, crawl and wobble on one of our Tree Top Adventure courses. It’s a fully body workout; but you’ll be having so much fun, you won’t realise that you’re in fact burning hundreds of cals. We’re back open for monkey business on 11th February so not long to wait!

3) Eat right

You don’t need to consume rich, creamy, calorific foods to keep warm this winter. In fact, it’s far better to fill your belly and fuel your body with nutritious superfoods packed with antioxidants, nutrients and immune-boosting properties. Think porridge topped with fruit, hearty soups, and veg-packed chilli. Our fave yellow fruit, the humble banana, should also be on your shopping list.

4) Avoid the booze

A shot of Amaretto in your hot choccy will help keep you warm, right? Wrong! You may be surprised to learn that drinking alcohol actually lowers the core temperature of your body, rather than warming it up. So if you want to keep toasty, it may be worth sticking to softs!

So with those tips in mind, isn’t it time you hit the great outdoors? Just for a refresher, here’s a snapshot of just how beautiful the frosty forest can be at our Aberfoyle course in Scotland.

Got a trick you want to share? Tell us on social @GoApeTribe

Child safety week

Go Ape School Trips

Did you know that this week (6-12 June) is child safety week?

Run once a year by the Child Accident Prevention Trust, its aim is to raise awareness of the risks of child accidents and how they can be prevented.

If you’ve got little ones in your family, keeping them safe is no doubt your #1 priority. But that’s not to say you should wrap them up in cotton wool (metaphorically speaking) and barricade them inside the house.

Remember when you were young, all those days spent catching bugs, building dens and climbing trees with your best buds? These will be some of your fondest, most vivid childhood memories, and your kids deserve to experience them too!

Kids crave adventure. Being able to explore the great outdoors is key to their development, even if it involves an element of risk. As a parent, you need to strike the balance between protecting your little one, and giving them the freedom to play, discover and learn all about the wonderful world around them.

Tree-climbing tips

Trees are nature’s climbing frames and are virtually irresistible to kids of all ages. Here are some tips for climbing them safely and reducing the risk of an accident:

1. The first rule to safe tree climbing is to always supervise your little one as they scale the branches.


2. Choose a tree with a big trunk and thick branches that are positioned so your little one can easily clamber from one to the next without making any giant leaps (save that for Mr. Armstrong).


3. Watch out for trees with lots of dead or decaying branches as they could easily snap. If you spot any bird nests, move to another tree.


4. As you keep a close eye on your little one from the ground, you might want to help them pick the best route. Tell them to take it slow, looking for good branches as they climb, and testing them before applying their weight. They should also watch out for knots and holes in the branches that they can hold or slip their foot into.


5. The trick is to always look up, this way your mini Tarzan will be able to spot any obstacles before they make contact with their head. Gazing skyward will also help them set and follow a clear route through the tree-top.


6. Let your little monkey know that they needn’t go all the way to the top. Besides, sometimes the higher branches are young and weak, and so won’t be safe to step or swing on! If they climb too high and start to panic, it could also tarnish their tree-top trip.


7. When it comes to tree descents, slow and steady wins the race. It’s best for your little one to take the same route down the tree, as they (and you) can be sure the branches are safe and sturdy.


If you think your little one would prefer getting some practise in before going solo, why not swing by Go Ape and have a go on one of our Tree Top Junior courses? They’ll wear a harness for their adventure, helping them to feel safe and secure and building their confidence for the next time they head skyward.

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