Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, our forest doors are officially open!
So, when are you planning to come and hang in the trees with us? There’s no doubt some of you will be peering out of your windows, staring at the somewhat grey, wet and windy outdoors and thinking, “I’ll wait until spring.” But, so long as you’re well-prepared, Go Ape is the ultimate wet-weather activity – why wait that long when you can visit us today?!
Of course, it’s not just Go Ape’s tree-top obstacles courses that can be enjoyed in this weather. So long as you’re kitted-out with the right gear, you can enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities. Plus, throw some rain, mud and sludge into the mix, and most of those activities become a heck of a lot more fun!
Here’s a little list of winter weather essentials:
If there’s a chance it might rain, always pack your waterproofs. In fact, even if the weatherman doesn’t predict rain, pack them anyway, as you can never be too sure in this country. A little rain never hurt anyone, but it’s not so fun when you’re soaked through and can’t stop shivering. A waterproof jacket and trousers will help to keep you warm and dry; opt for breathable material, though, because you don’t want to ‘boil in the bag.’
If temperatures are near or below freezing, then it’s important to layer up. Long-sleeved thermal tops or a dashing pair of Long Johns will help to keep the heat in when you’re outdoors.
Leave those ballet shoes and canvas plimsolls in the wardrobe where they belong! If rain starts seeping through your shoes and socks, it’s only a matter of time ’till your toes turn to ice cubes. Whether you’re biking, hiking, running or Go Ape-ing, you need shoes that are warm, sturdy and waterproof. If you’re planning on doing a lot of walking, you might want to invest in specialist hiking boots. Otherwise, a pair of standard waterproof boots or trainers will do the trick.
Your extremities need protecting from the cold, so make sure you’ve got a decent pair of thick gloves – there’s no fun in trying to shift gears on your bike when you can’t feel your fingers. Most of our body heat escapes through our head, so make sure you’ve got a nice woolly hat and scarf to match.
A towel and change of clothes
If you’ve spent a couple of hours battling the elements, there’s no doubt you’ll return wet and muddy, so make sure you pack a towel and change of clothing. You might even want to pack a flask of warming hot-choccy and a much-deserved biscuit or two for afterwards.
Our tree-top obstacle courses can be enjoyed come rain, wind, sleet or snow! (minus thunder and lightning). If you’re considering booking-up an afternoon session in the trees, make sure you check out the weather forecast on the day and dress/pack accordingly (no rocking-up in flip flops and summer dresses, please). Book your next adventure with Go Ape online here.