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What To Wear For Go Ape This Autumn

Last updated on: 16/10/23

OK, it's still a little sunny, but this time of year is a nightmare when it comes to knowing what to wear.

In autumn, the weather blows hot and cold more frequently than a tempestuous relationship - one minute we think we're finally having the Indian summer we were promised, and the next we're wrapping up in chunky knits and winter boots as the ice-cold wind threatens to give us frostbite.

Go bright or go home

When the sky is looking bleak, the last thing you want to do is camouflage with it by wearing grey yourself. Summer is over, but that doesn't mean you have to say no to neon! Bright and bold gear is all the rage at the moment, and when you're swinging through the tree tops on a Go Ape adventure, you'll appreciate being able to spot your chums from a distance. It's always wise to invest in the odd high-vis garment, as you can wear them for all your future outdoor pursuits.

Did you know that colours can impact your mood and emotions? Warm colours, like red, orange, and yellow can be associated with feelings like passion and comfort. Meanwhile cooler colours, like blue, green, and purple, cab have a calming effect which counteracts feelings of anxiety.

Cover Your Midriff

We don't mean to sound like your parents but it's important to wear a full-length shirt. Your harness is fitted over your clothing, and we want to make sure it fits safely and comfortably. Long hair should also be tied back, and no hooped earrings should be worn.

For our Nets Adventure all piercings need to be removed or covered with tape.


Embrace the layers

Remember: you can take away, but if you don't pack them, you can't add!

It's best to start the day with plenty of layers: perhaps a vest, a long-sleeved t-shirt, a fleece and a body-warmer and then peel off the garments as you get warmer.

We suggest you wear something you don't mind getting grubby, perhaps a non-beloved t-shirt and shorts or lightweight trousers - try to avoid white! You can then layer that up with a jumper and possibly a coat if needed. 

When you visit Go Ape, you should get nice and toasty quickly; without realising you're exercising, you'll be burning anything from 500 to 700 calories all that crawling, swinging, climbing and hollering sure works up a sweat!

Look after your fingers

Gloves are always a good idea in the autumn/winter months they protect your hands from the elements, they can stylishly match with your hat/scarf ensemble and, when tackling the high ropes at Go Ape, they will really protect your hands. Don't worry if you forget them though we sell them in the cabin.


Don't forget your waterproofs

Just because it's not raining when you leave the house doesn't mean there won't be a downpour at some point in the day! With so many lightweight, packable waterproofs around these days, you can easily fit a mac into your bag. Trust us, it could come in handy!

Dress your feet sensibly

Now this is an important one: whatever the weather (even if it's sunny!), you should always wear closed-toe, flat footwear with a good grip. If we were you, we'd go for ankle-supporting boots. Definite no-no's are crocs, sandals, flip-flops, or any kind of slip-off shoe. And leave the stilettos at home!

Luckily, Go Ape is the perfect wet weather activity! Our 36 locations are open in all conditions, except for lightning, storms, high winds and ice (for obvious reasons!). A bit of rain never hurt anyone although it makes the course slightly muddier than usual, this just adds to the fun!