Hands Or No Hands?

  • Sophie
  • 13th April 2015

When you tackle our tree-top obstacles, are you a 'hands' or 'no hands' kind of person?


Some people set themselves the challenge of seeing how far they can make it around the course hands-free, only to have a wobble attack on the second obstacle and decide to complete it with their hands firmly wrapped around the rope.

Then, there are people who start the course refusing to let go of anything (including the tree trunk at the first platform). But, as they start to get into it, that rope-burn-tight grip starts to slowly loosen. And don't forget those little monkeys on our Tree Top Junior courses who yell, "look, no hands!" to impress their chums and scare their parents.

Below, we take a look at some of Go Ape's classic obstacles and ask: hands or no hands?


When it comes to going hands-free on our tree-top bridges, it really does depend on which one you're taking on. Some will offer you a reasonably still ride, while others sway like a ship in harsh seas as soon as you step onto it.

And you've got to have your wits about you: some bridges look tame when you're perched on the platform, but when you take that first step, you'll realise it's anything but! The best thing to do? Let your buddy go first and see how they get on.


Arguably one of our toughest high wires, the tightrope is a true test of balance, coordination and concentration. Our tip for success is to look straight ahead of you - never down at the forest floor beneath you.

If you manage to complete the tightrope no-handed, then you've either been to circus school, or it's simply because you're a Go Ape pro!

Go-Ape-Tarzan-SwingTarzan Swing

Our Tarzan Swing is both one of our most loved and most feared tree-top obstacles. What you've got to do is hurl yourself off of a platform, suspended 30 ft. in the air, into a giant cargo net (and we also expect you to give us your best Tarzan holler as you jump!).

We must admit that the majority of people hold on for dear life as they leap from the platform. But, as soon as they've made the jump, they throw their arms into the air as if to say, "yes! I did it!" Part excitement, part relief, we think.

Zip wire

You've made it to the final zip wire! Hurrah! And as you whizz down towards that soft pile of woodchip, it's time to embrace the finale of your Go Ape adventure with open arms...which means strictly no hands!

If you're planning a Go Ape trip soon, don't forget to tell us which obstacles you and your friends braved hands-free! You can share your pictures or videos on our Twitter or Facebook pages we want to see the evidence!

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