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Go Ape's 2023 Adventures Wrapped

Published on: 20/12/23


What an incredible year 2023 has been for Go Ape! If you're in the know, you might have heard about our Naturally Powered Adventures (NPAs) and the Adventure Fund. But, just to refresh your memory, NPAs are subsidized adventure trips organized by Go Ape, which span the globe and range from active adventures to international expeditions. And the Adventure Fund? It's a pool of funds available to all co-owners, empowering them to finance their own exciting escapades.

This year has surpassed our wildest expectations, and we’re thrilled to share some highlights of our achievements. We've taken more than 100 adventurers on NPAs, exploring diverse landscapes and creating unforgettable memories. We're also supported 25 co-owners' personal quests through the Adventure Fund!

Below, you’ll find some highlights from our blog, offering a glimpse at some of the incredible adventures our co-owners have had in 2023. For the full scoop, head over to our blog and immerse yourself in the complete tales.

A Peruvian Adventure 

Go Ape Instructor Kirsty sets off on an intrepid expedition from the Peruvian Rainforests, along the Inca Trail to Machu Pichu.

Visiting the rainforest has always been my dream, as I love plants and being surrounded by nature. I wasn’t sure if I had set my expectations too high, but the trip did not disappoint! The lodge was like something out of a film, wooden huts with mesh windows and hammocks. The Capuchin and Howler monkeys acted as our morning alarms and there was chat of Jaguars and boa constrictors near camp.

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Kirsty Maitland stood in the Peruvian Mountains with Machu Pichu behind her

Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge

Nine adventurous Go Ape co-owners took on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. Over three days they smashed the 24-mile round trip which includes 1585m [5200ft] of ascent.

Our planned walk was to take in the Yorkshire 3 Peaks of Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent, with one peak being ticked off each day. However, the team was seriously strong on the hills and smashed out 2 peaks and 13 miles on the first day. We had some great weather for the views, bright blue skies but very windy! We could lean into it and not fall over.

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Go ape tribe members

Hiking the West Highland Way

Heidi used the Adventure Fund for an expedition along the renowned Scottish West Highland Way.

I decided to hike the 96 miles through the Scottish Highlands over a leisurely seven days. My friend Travis joined me for the first four days, roughly half of the journey. In typical Scottish fashion our weather would change almost hourly, from glorious sunshine and bright blue skies, popping with puffy white clouds (reminiscent of all the puffy white sheep along the way) to my day hiking beside Glencoe, where the rain was horizontal and I was soaked through in mere minutes! 

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Go Ape co-owner Heidi in the West Highlands

An adventure along the NorQth Coast 500

Mel, Dave and their two dogs set out on the ultimate Scottish road trip along the North Coast 500.

The drive from Durness to Scourie was stunning, the dramatic mountains on either side of the single-track roads made us feel like we were driving through a Lord of the Rings set. After seeing that the campsite in Scourie was on the beach, we decided to park up for the rest of the day and hit the water on our paddle boards.

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Stone beach and views across the sea with hills in the background.

Skiing in the Cairngorms

The Go Ape Adventure Fund helped instructor, Ben Sharpe, to set off on a Scottish skiing adventure. 

After a long time out, I decided that 2022 would be the year I would get back into skiing. The last time I had skied on real snow was with my school some ten years ago and I’d always wanted to go again, but the opportunity never came around. That is until last September when I started university and was persuaded to join their ski club by friend and ski instructor, Lily (you can follow Lily's Adventures on Youtube).

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A Cycling Adventure Around Italy

Go Ape Activity Manager and co-owner, Kshanika who set off on a cycling adventure around Italy.

Back in 2015, I cycled from London to Italy with my father, who is an avid cyclist and lover of the great outdoors. However, this time I decided to push myself to do it alone, with the hope that I could rise to the challenge and overcome everything that was thrown at me.

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Looking for more adventure stories or inspiration? There are still loads more stories to read on our Blog!

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