The Moment You Become Part Of The Tribe
So, you've just booked your first Go Ape adventure.
Fantastic - get ready for a true taste of the high life!
Our award-winning tree-top obstacle courses provide the perfect place to catch some hang time with your chums. Breathe in that fresh, forest air, take in the breathtaking scenery, and be prepared to meet with some awesome tree-top obstacles.
We've got brilliant bridges, crazy crossings and speedy zip wires. We've got high ropes, tightropes, tunnels and stirrups. Walk, crawl, crouch and wobble your way across the obstacles, before whizzing down a zip wire at the end of each stage.
If you ask us, there's one particular obstacle that really takes the biscuit. It's the obstacle that well and truly makes you a member of the Go Ape tribe.
We are, of course, talking about the Tarzan Swing
Ah, the Tarzan Swing. Clip in, hold on, count down from ten (or 20, or 200) and jump! It doesn't matter how long it takes you, whether you try to ease your wobbly knees before leaping, or prefer to jump straight away without thought.
And when you do finally jump, you'll soon understand why the Tarzan Swing is our favourite obstacle. Feel the wind in your hair, throw your hands in the air and embrace it! For those few seconds you'll be lost in the moment and all your inhibitions will disappear; so let's hear your loudest and most impressive Tarzan holler!
Though it's important to enjoy yourself, don't get too lost in the moment and forget to grab on to the cargo net on the other side you'll need that to get yourself up to the next platform. And, when you're standing on that next platform, there's no doubt you'll be thinking one thing: "I did it!" Oh, actually, two things - the other being "I want another go!"
So, we know that the Tarzan Swing is your ticket to join the Go Ape tribe, but what other initiation tests are there? We can name a few...
For some, clambering up those very first set of ropes can be a terrifying experience. If you're visiting Go Ape to conquer your fear of heights, then fair play to you. And when it comes to becoming an official member of our tribe, well, once you're up, you're in.
Another test people like to set themselves on our courses is to see if they can get their legs to stop wobbling by the time they reach that final zip wire. Some manage to still themselves after the first couple of obstacles, while others continue to shake even when their feet are on solid ground!
No hands hero
Once you've started to build up your confidence, you'll know doubt want to see how far you can push yourself. Many people at this point attempt to complete one of our crossings or bridges hands-free. Can you manage it?
It's that final moment; the ultimate obstacle that quite literally brings you back down to earth. And, as you land in that soft pile of woodchip, you should feel happy in that knowledge that you are now an official member of the Go Ape tribe!