Special Guest Blog Post From 73 Year Old Silver Back Frances Butcher
Find out about silverback grandmother Frances and her trip to Go Ape with her 'Little Monkeys' ...
I tend to think of the grandchildren as 'Little Monkeys' (in the nicest possible way) but I recently found my inner-ape. The invitation to join my daughter and her two children on the Go Ape challenge at Thetford Forest filled me with excitement. Then I looked at the website and the excitement turned to trepidation, but I was determined not to show cowardice in front of anyone, let alone a 6-year old.
On the appointed day we arrived in time for a picnic lunch and a review of the course from ground level, and it almost looked too easy. So I donned the harness and rushed to the start point. From 8 metres up in the trees it then didn't look quite so easy, but I wasn't going to admit that, even to myself.
I was amazed to find what fun it was crossing between trees on swinging pathways of various ingenious designs; clinging on to a cargo net, and walking over a suspension bridge of logs. The one challenge that I found mentally difficult was the balance log. Just a bare log between one tree and the next. But as there were people in front and behind me I told myself I just had to do it, and fortunately I did without resorting to the need to sit on it and shuffle along!
The best part though was the zip wire hurtling through the air at high speed (or so it seemed). It was all over far too quickly. Did I find it difficult at my age? Not really, but as the course was rightly designed for children the height of some things meant I needed to stoop a little, but the biggest problem was that my large feet caught on things like the netting.
I would recommend anyone of any age to 'have a go' if they fancy it. I thoroughly enjoyed it, hope I didn't embarrass my grandchildren, and may even do it again.
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