If you’ve been to Go Ape Crawley in Tilgate Park recently, you may have been in the presence of Go Ape history. Our oldest (and wisest) instructor ever has returned for his second season – 67 year old Steve Allen! Steve is waving the flag for all adventurous sexagenarians (that’s a person who’s between 60 and 69 in case you’re wondering), proving that adventure knows no age.
Where it all began
We were lucky enough to have Steve join our Tribe in 2016, but we’d like to think that a life in the trees was always calling for him. Steve started out in stage management – not very Go Ape we hear you say, but hear us out… his main duty was scenery building which included an awful lot of forests. We’d like to think he’s always had a penchant for trees. From painting trees to swinging through them
Our Steve took to the outdoors like a fish to water (or a monkey to the trees). An outdoorsy man at heart, Steve always had the itch to be ‘in the wild’. It wasn’t long before Steve left the stage management business and jumped into the world of walking holidays – a job that took him all over the world, working alongside people from all walks of life (get it?). Steve has led the way on too many excursions to mention – he’s worked with the Duke of Edinburgh programme and has even walked from the UK to Cuba.
What made him swing our way?
We’re lucky as can be to have Steve in our Tribe – but how did we manage that? A simple email from an outdoor jobs company set Steve on his track to the trees. He acknowledges a few simple reasons for his attraction to Go Ape:
1) Steve was looking for an outdoor company to keep the adventure in adventure
2) Steve shared the same values as Go Ape
3) Steve was impressed that Go Ape didn’t ask for his age on the job application (we know you can’t put an age limit on an adventurous spirit)
The rest, as they say, is history. We’re happier than a chimp in woodchip to have someone like Steve monkeying around with us. We only hope that Steve can encourage other grown-ups (or Silverbacks) to get outside and experience Go Ape for themselves.
We’ll leave you with these words of inspiration from the man himself: “Keep going. Keep living life adventurously, and most importantly, keep enjoying yourself!”
If you’re interested in experiencing Go Ape at Crawley (and maybe catching a glimpse of the celebrity, Steve), you can book your day out here!