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How does it feel to Segway through the forest?

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Have you swung through the trees with Go Ape before? Have you felt the high ropes in your hands, the wood beneath your feet and the wind in your face as you soared through the air via zip wire? Great,€“ now, onto your next, forest-themed adventure!

This week under the spotlight: our self-balancing, all-terrain Segways, which transport tribespeople into the heart of the forest to enjoy an hour’€™s worth of exploration. As soon as you’€™ve had a quick training session from one of the Go Ape tribe at Segway base (where you’€™ll master controlling the machines), you’€™ll be free to roam!

Maybe you’€™ve been on a Segway before. They’€™re becoming more and more popular in big cities with tour groups. A designated guide takes the helm and you all roll around soaking up the sights, while learning more about the area.

City Segway tours are good fun,€“ but believe us when we say, they are nothing compared to Segway-ing in the forest! You have absolute freedom. Forget congestion, pavements and pre-defined routes. You pick the path, you pick the pace, you sculpt your own adventure!

Expect simple paths and trickier trails, too. Expect to weave in and out of the tree trunks. Expect bumps, lumps and dips. Expect to see wildlife. Expect to breathe in fresh, crisp scents of the forest. Expect to laugh. Expect to make memories that’€™ll last forever!

We could go on (and on, and on) about how awesome our Forest Segway Experience is. But we realise that we’€™re obviously going to be a little biased and you may not end up trusting us fully. So, that’€™s why we’€™ve rounded up some fellow tribespeople to share their Segway experiences with us and you. We want you to hear about this unique adventure straight from the horse’€™s,€“ no wait, monkey’€™s mouth!

Every other week throughout the summer, we’€™ll be uploading a new video where we quiz a tribe on their Go Ape adventure. The Adventure Tales will chronicle the emotions, thoughts and experiences of a tribe when they #SeizeAdventure with Go Ape. They’€™ll tell us truly how they felt whilst embarking on a Go Ape adventure and will hopefully inspire you to book a visit to the trees!

So, without further ado, let’€™s hear what three, lovely chaps had to say about their recent Forest Segway Experience …

 

View the other tales here!

Seize adventure with your tribe!

Seize Adventure

Sometimes, it’€™s so easy to get wrapped up in the humdrum of daily life that we forget to stop and appreciate the world around us, as well as the people in it. So, turn away from your screens (okay, well not this one), gather up your tribe and lend us your ear, because life is only worth living when done so adventurously.

Find your tribe

They say that fortune favours the bold, the brave and those bonkers enough to spend their day swinging through the canopy, but what are riches when you have no one to share them with? A sunset isn’€™t half as beautiful when it’€™s just viewed by you alone and even the tallest mountain can feel small with no one beside you.

We humans are social creatures and when we’€re away from our fellows for too long, it can leave us feeling a little lonely. We all want to belong, so Carpe that Diem and stand up from your desk, shake out your body, grab your partner’€™s hand and whatever little monkeys you have and take to the trees! We promise, the combination of fresh air, adrenaline and good company will soon set your heart a-fluttering.

However, if the little monkeys among you are feeling a tad reluctant when it comes to taking flight, remind them that famous world explorers like Marco Polo, Edmund Hillary and Gertrude Bell didn’€™t achieve their wonderful feats alone. Even Neil Armstrong had a whole tribe of helpers over the telecom and in the space shuttle when they went to the moon. It just shows that there can be no jump too high, no zip-line too terrifying or task too hard when you have your tribe by your side.

Go outside

Here at Go Ape, we know that when a tribe gets together, wonderful things can happen. So whether you’ve just turned eight or are a great octogenarian, everyone can benefit from feeling the wind blow through their hair as they whizz down a zip-line! Or, go as slow as you want; take a Segway tour and discover the forest’€™s understory, or amble along the holloways and feel the mud squelch under your toes.

Happiness is the most precious and unique currency on earth, because the more you give, the more you get. So gather up your tribe and invite them outside. Get their hearts pumping and fill their lungs with laughter. For us, being with our tribe feels like warm pudding in our bellies, or like tucking into a delicious slice of banana bread after a long week at Banana HQ. So whatever adventure you choose to embark on, what matters most are the ones you share it with!

Take a deep breath, give your tribe a cuddle and remember always seize adventure!

 

Go Ape Explore Switzerland! Part One of Two

Swiss Expedition
This week and next we have two guest posts from Jo Mclaren who works in operations and recently tackled the Swiss Alps with member of Go Ape from up and down the country, heres their adventure in their words:

“After several months of built up anticipation, it was time to embark on Go Apes first expedition to the Swiss Alps.

The team was made up of 10 staff; Jo Mclaren (Operations), Dan James (Thetford), Tom Matthews (Forest of Dean), Martha Cross (Trent park), Matt Debenham (Alice Holt), Phil Mcfarlane (Cannock), Chris Bills (Sherwood), Natasha Wolley (Whinlatter), Rebecca Devlin (Crawley) and Nick Mallett

(Dalby).

The plan of the expedition was to bring staff working from all over the country together. To unite as one team, and fit as many challenges and experiences that were possible into 6 days.

Day 1

After arriving in Geneva airport, we hired 2 cars, loaded up the expedition bags and drove 3 hours winding our way up the valley to our basecamp in Kandersteg.  We pitched the tents and cooked some wholesome food in preparation for the following days activities.

Day 2 – Gemmi Pass Trek, 2346m

After breakfast, we walked to the bottom of the Sunnelbul cable car station. The first day involved an acclimatisation trek up the Gemmi pass, we ascended around 700m and walked around 13.5 miles. The scenery was awe inspiring and breath taking, the winding trail went through the alpine meadows, past the Spittelmatte plateau working its way past the Daubensee lake to the Gemmi pass. Halfway up the pass we encountered our first patch of snow. This was swiftly followed with people diving in the snow, bare chested for some!), creating snow angels and bum sliding down the slope! Once we reached the top of the pass, the team were all blown away with the views of the Matterhorn in the distance and it made way for a picture postcard picnic stop – wraps and tuna were to become one of our steady diets for lunch each day! Once we descended back down the valley we arrived back at camp around the sociable time of 5.30pm. We then split into smaller groups, to decide who was buying some food in town, preparing food, cooking and washing up. After a great first day, we all enjoyed a tasty curry and went through preparations for the next challenges ahead the following day.

Swiss Expedition 2

Day 3 – Allenalp Via Ferrata and Bunderspitz Summit, 2,546m

After a hearty breakfast, we set off for an early start. We left the campsite at 7.30am and arrived at the bottom of the Allenalp cable car station before walking up past the bottom of an amazing waterfall. The temperature was increasing and the towering rock face above was in the sun. An early start was needed on the Via Ferrata before it became too hot. We had all doused ourselves in sun tan cream, however, as we climbed the imposing walls the sweat from the temperatures meant the cream was dripping into our eyes – which certainly added to the experience! The next 3 hours were spent climbing 500m up an exposed rock face next to a waterfall.

After topping out, we enjoyed some lunch in the shade. Once everyone had refueled, I pointed to the top of the Bunderspitz behind us, we had around 1000m ascent. The sun continued to shine so we walked slowly, slowly up through the alpine meadows which then increased in gradient and steepness. To gain the ridge we used a chain around a rocky slope, past a snow patch to lead up to the summit. The vista at the top of the mountain was amazing, we could even see the mountain hut we would be sleeping in on the following night, looking like it was ‘on a knife edge ridge just above a glacier’. We returned down the valley in time to make the last cable car down. After such a successful day and arriving back to camp around 6.30pm, we had a lovely meal, followed by an early night in preparation for an ascent up to the mountain hut the next day.”

Make sure you check back on Monday to here the second half of their inspiring adventure …

Natural history programmes – inspiring our love for the great outdoors!

Child Watching TV
If we asked you to name three national treasures, we bet one of your answers will be Sir David Attenborough. A hero to us all, Sir David has inspired generations with his natural history programmes, granting us unprecedented access and unique insight into the ways of the wonderful, untameable, wild world.

We delved into the deep, dark depths of the ocean watching The Blue Planet. We sympathised with polar bears and Arctic wolves watching The Frozen Planet. And we all watched with bated breath as a baby iguana ran for its life while being chased by snakes on Planet Earth II (and cheered when the little fella made it!).

In fact, Planet Earth II, which aired late last year, was the most watched natural history programme in the UK for over 15 years, drawing in around 9.2 million viewers during the opening episode alone.

Of course, it’€™s not just Sir David’€™s encapsulating documentaries that inspire our love for the natural world. Many nature-lovers have used their passion to create inspiring documentaries and to better educate us about nature; the way it works, the challenges it faces, and how humans play a pivotal part in its preservation and future.

Inspiring our little ones

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We know we moan about wasting evenings watching TV, but if kids are watching TV to learn about our lovely little planet, that can only be a good thing! Natural history programmes are capturing our kids’ imaginations, fuelling their curiosity, and inspiring them get out there and live life adventurously!

So, this weekend, why not make like Sir David and go and immerse yourself in the natural world!? For instance, why don’€™t you pay a visit to a local forest? Help your little ones learn all about the different types of trees, see how many species of wildlife you can spot, or gather natural materials to build a leafy hideout.

If your little ones (and you) are fans of nature and wildlife docs, no doubt you’€™ve watched a few episodes based on our furry, monkey pals. You’€™ve watched them in their natural habitat, swinging through the trees, play-fighting on the forest floor with one another. Well, we’ve got a suggestion: why not have a go at being a monkey yourself!?

See things from the perspective of your furry friends by embarking on a Tree Top Adventure or Tree Top Junior at Go Ape! Our courses are set high up in the canopy and feature a whole heap of fun obstacles for you to tackle. You’€™ll wobble across bridges, clamber up ropes, leap from platforms and into nets, whoosh through the air via zip wire and much, much more! Let’s hear you: Oh ah ah ah, oh oh, ah ah ah!

So, what are you waiting for? Celebrate the beautiful natural world by swinging through the trees at Go Ape!
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