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Our Summer Adventure Backpack

Forest Segway Go Ape

Woah! We’re going on an adventure…

 

Adventures come in all shapes and sizes. They can be scary, fun, thrilling or life-changing (or all of this rolled into one!). They could last a mere few hours, take place over a long weekend, or go on and on for months. They can be embarked on solo, with a partner or a mahoosive tribe. You get the picture, we’re sure!

 

Anywho…regardless of what kind of summer adventure you’re embarking on next, there are some absolute essentials that certainly warrant a place in that backpack of yours.

Here’s a list of 13 items we simply couldn’t adventure without…

 

  1. Portable fan. When the cold tap is nowhere in sight, you can always rely on a battery-powered fan to rid your eyebrows of sweat beads.
  2. Torch. If you take a wrong turn in the dead of night, this noble accessory will guide you back to base.
  3. Batteries. Because a portable fan or torch without batteries are pretty darned useless!
  4. A picture-taking device. Snap away so you can relive memories of your adventure (but don’t forget: look with your EYES first!).
  5. Your diary (and pen). Taking pics is one thing; jotting down how you felt during your adventure is another. Flick back and read your entries in a few years’ time and it’ll all come flooding back!
  6. Multitool. All hail, the multitool! Most adventurists simply cannot do without this does-almost-everything device.
  7. Suncream. Safety first, tribespeople. It’s summer and you don’t want to end your adventure with a beetroot complexion.
  8. ‘Proofs. What a fool you’d be to assume that there won’t be any rain during your summer adventure. This is England, after all! Pack some ‘proofs for your expedition – they’re worth the additional weight.
  9. Phone (and portable charger). Stuck in the woods without a phone – is that not the opening scene of many a horror flick? Pack your phone, plus a charger (and hope it has signal if you ever come to need it).
  10. Water. When that portable fan simply doesn’t do the trick, and for essential hydration during your adventure, make sure you pack water – and plenty of it! Be kind to our planet by opting for a reusable bottle.
  11. Snacks. What is an adventure without snacks? A hungry one, is what! You don’t want to be distracted during your adventuring by a painful, grumbling stomach, so make sure you load your bag with tasty treats.
  12. Something warm. You can’t count on our summers to be dry and you can’t count on them to be warm, either. Pack something warm and snuggly if your adventure is likely to last into the evening.
  13. A travel-size game. If you think your adventure will involve some sitting around, twiddling thumbs, pack some cards or a mini Scrabble and the time will whizz by.

Have we missed anything super essential off the list? If so, let us know what it is, and we’ll pack it next time…!

How are those stories coming along?

KIds Writing Competition
Been on any awesome adventures recently? If you’€™re a mini Tarzan aged 4-12, then we want to hear all about them!

Maybe you built your first-ever forest den, held a campout in your back garden with your best buddies, or found fossils on a local beach. Perhaps you tried rock climbing for the very first time, hiked to a peak with your parents, or discovered treasure during a geocache trip.

Small or big, scary or exciting (or both), we’€™re asking you to help spread the love for adventure by sharing your story with us and the world!

Your story can be anywhere from 100 to 500 words. Share as many details as you can! What time did you get up? What was the weather like on the day? How were you feeling before the adventure? What did your parents say when you conquered the activity?

The more info, the better, as it’€™ll help us to feel how you were feeling during your adventure. It’€™ll help us to relive it!

Can’€™t think of an inspiring adventure off the top of your head? Make one up! Get those creative juices flowing and write about an awesome adventure that you’€™d love to go on in the future, or a story about an adventure someone you know has embarked on. Ask your parents or grandparents a€“ they may be able to tell you a tale or two!

There are no rules to this competition a the only thing we ask is for your stories to be as adventure-filled as possible. We want to read stories that, by the end, will leave us itching to go on an adventure of our own!

As well as helping to inspire the world to live life more adventurously, you’ll be in with a chance of winning some awesome prizes. We’€™re giving away heaps of adventure books, but also, lucky winners will get the chance to clamber into the canopy to take on one of our tree-mendous Tree Top Junior courses! They won’t be alone, though: they get to choose whether they take their school tribe, or their best buddies for a birthday bash like no other!

The competition closes at midnight, 22nd June. You can submit your entry through a form on the website, or by scanning a copy and sending it to [email protected] with the subject line €’Writing competition’

So, what are you waiting for little monkeys? Pick up a pen and start inspiring

Good luck!

Writing Competition

Alternative stag do ideas? We’ve got you covered

Stag and Hen Do

‘What goes on tour stays on tour.’

Aah yes, the familiar stag do mantra. It roughly translates as: do what you like lads, safe in the knowledge that you won’t get found out.

But it’s also an expression based on the idea that every stag do is a raucous, loutish affair when in actual fact, stag dos are changing. The cliched stag party‚ one fuelled by booze, strippers and fancy dress‚ is on its way out, being replaced by an altogether more refined, less rowdy affair.

That’s not to say that the thought of hanging out in bars and clubs doesn’t appeal to today’s grooms-to-be and their mates. But as men begin to marry later in life, the traditional stag do (and its associated hangover-from-hell) has lost the charm it once had. Of course, the stag do remains a rite of passage, so the pressure is on to make it a day/ night/weekend/week to remember.

The only difference is that these days, the stags want it to be memorable for all the right reasons. And this is where Go Ape comes in. This outdoor adventure makes for the perfect alternative stag do, don’t you think? It’s raucous (in a good way), exciting (without any cringe-worthy consequences), and it’s a great way for mates to bond (bring on those bromances, lads).

Admittedly, we’re biased, but we honestly can’t think of any other way we’d rather celebrate a mate’s ‘last hours of freedom’ than swinging from the treetops.

Fancy dress 1

Let’s look at what you get from a Go Ape stag party…

1. First up, it’s a great laugh. What could be more fun than you and your mates tackling high ropes, zip wires and elevated tunnels or whizzing through the forest on a Segway?
2. As an added bonus there’s also the endless pix you’ll get to fill friends’ social media feeds. Photos and videos of the groom having the time of his life (or even better, suffering an epic fail) will keep you amused for hours. What goes on tour may well stay on tour, but with this much fun you’ll definitely want to share…
3. Go Ape is the ultimate combination of adventure and male bonding. One part team building and two parts adrenalin, it will definitely make for a stag do to remember.
4. And just because Go Ape is unlike your average stag party, that doesn’t mean you have to do away with every tradition. While booze and strippers are out, fancy dress is still very much an option. Because if you’re going to be swinging from the treetops and flying through the air, why wouldn’t you be dressed as Tarzan, Superman, or a gorilla? And the fun needn’t end once your time at Go Ape is up.

Take your pick from the many cottages, campsites, yurts, log cabins, B&Bs, and holiday boats located near our various sites. You could even continue the theme and hire a treehouse (or four) for the weekend.

So if the idea of staggering through town dressed as a beer bottle, being barred from every club, and spending hundreds of pounds on a round isn’t for you, there is an alternative…

Find out more 

Time to burn off those Easter eggs!

Chocolate
Right, it’s time to confess: how many choccy eggs did you devour over Easter?

You thought your stash would last for weeks, but there’s something about Easter egg chocolate that makes it oh-so irresistible. It has what we call a ‘Pringle effect’ on us; once we take that first tongue-tantalising bite, we’re hooked and find it impossible to stop.

And when someone looks at you disappointedly and questions how you’ve managed to gobble three large eggs in one sitting, you have your reply ready: “Well…they are hollow!”

Which means they can’t be that many calories… right!?

If you believe ignorance is bliss, you may want to skip this section.

We found ourselves wondering how many cals are loaded into those hollow, choccy eggs, so we did some research.

*Gulp*

We discovered a study by Bidvine, revealing the calorie content of the nation’s fave Easter eggs. If you were treated to a Dairy Milk XL Easter egg this year, you may be (unpleasantly) surprised to learn that it packs a whopping 1,758 calories (egg + bars). To burn off that many cals would take either 5.9 hours of walking, 3 hours of running, 2 hours of swimming, or 2.1 hours of squatting.

Cadbury caramel eggs packed the second highest amount of cals (1,683), followed by Mars (1,623), Flake/Wispa (1,562) and Double Decker (1,549). But if you enjoyed a Smarties egg, then don’t feel too bad they only contain 680 cals, although they’d still take 1.2 hours of running to burn off.

Time for some eggs-ercise!

Sorry, we don’t want to sound like Willy Wonka’s dentist Dad, groaning about eating too much chocolate. Besides, we all deserve to treat ourselves every now and then.

But if your egg-cessive egg munching has left you feeling full up and fed up, then some good ol’ fashion exercise will help. If you want to burn off your Easter eggs as quickly as possible, here are some activities to get involved in:

 Tennis
Tennis 

Like any sport, you get out what you put in. If you want to shift cals fast, then you need to push yourself on that court. Keep those legs moving!

Swimming

 

Swimming

The butterfly is a hard stroke to master, but it’s the best for burning fat. An hour’s worth of non-stop butterfly could burn around 1,000 calories and if you can manage that, then you deserve a medal!

Kick Boxing
 Kick-boxing

Kick and punch those calories away! Book an intense one-on-one session with a trainer and you could shift around 1,000 cals in a single hour.

 

 

Bike Ride
Bike ride

No leisurely cruises…if you want to burn cals quick, you need to pedal fast, picking a route with long flats to practice your sprinting, plus a few hills for good measure. If you don’t have a bike to hop on, a 45-min spin class at the gym burns around 750 calories.

Go Ape!

There’s a reason Tarzan was so buff: swinging through the trees is hard graft! Completing one of our award-winning Tree Top Adventure courses burns around 510 calories in women, and 660 in men. And you’ll be having so much fun, you won’t even realise you’re exercising!

Our courses have tunnels you can crawl through, ladders you can clamber up, bridges you can swing on, and platforms you can leap off! So, what are you waiting for? Book your Go Ape adventure today!

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