I’ve never been the adventurous type. Roller-coasters are my idea of hell! I just can not handle anything that takes the control out of my hands. So the idea of Go Ape – a tree top adventure where you tackle a different obstacle between each tree whilst harnessed, seemed intriguing at the time. It was Blue’s birthday a few weeks ago and I planned a trip to Go Ape for one of his gifts.
When we arrived I started to get butterflies. I could see all these tricky obstacles up high in the forest and thought ‘oh my god, I’m never going to be able to complete this…..’ Anyway, Once we had parked up and joined the others to be trained how to use our ropes and pulleys I relaxed a little and thought to myself ‘actually it doesn’t look that bad..‘ Well, that was until I had to climb a wobbly ladder. I decided to go first as I thought it would be easier (later realising this was a bad choice). My heart was in my mouth and my body started to shake. It was only after completing two obstacles and clutching onto the tree for dear life that I started to feel the tree swaying slightly. That was it. I panicked and wanted to back out. I had to zip-line to the other tree and thought it was impossible. The only problem being…there was no way out. I cried unexpected tears and asked Blue what to do. If it wasn’t for Blue telling me I was able to complete it and guiding me through it I probably wouldn’t have gone through with it.
After landing perfectly at the other side I felt terribly silly. What a baby!
Finally the last obstacle being a nice and easy zip-line back to the forest floor. ‘Phew!’ Looking to my right I see the next zone to complete. The ladder seemed much taller and the obstacles much harder from the ground. I didn’t want to go on but, after seeing the disappointment in Blue’s face I had to go on. Deep down I loathed the idea. This time I let Blue go first so he could encourage me at each tree top and guide me through each obstacle from the other tree. Funnily enough I started to enjoy tip toeing over planks of wood and rope and crawling through wooden barrels in mid air. Once I zip-lined back down to start the next zone I was on a roll. All thanks to Blue.
The third zone was even higher up and seemed more daunting than it actually was. I was still clinging onto the trees but relaxed whilst finding my way to another tree. I thought this zone was the last and thought I had to go on to achieve my certificate at the end 😀 So after zip-lining down and getting wood chippings everywhere! I felt relieved it was all over.. But it wasn’t over just yet!
There was one more zone to complete. Although the obstacles were getting higher and higher my mind seemed to adjust to the height and my body started to trust the harness (yes, it took this long)! Blue & I raced through the last part and after flying into a rope net and feeling giddy, I really wanted to do it again. After zip-lining down for the last time I felt something I haven’t felt in a very long time – proud.
With the help of Blue and a lovely lady from the Go Ape staff I was able to fight my fears and continue on until the end. It was a strange day out. I thought it would be just a bit of fun but, it turned out to be a tough challenge for me. It tested me and gave me courage and bravery I never knew I had. I love my certificate so much and it will always remind me of the day I became strong. Blue was just amazing, he crossed each obstacle effortlessly which I later found out was for my benefit. He knew if he struggled I would panic so I can’t thank him enough for just being the best boyfriend I could ever ask for 😀
I would highly recommend going to Go Ape! It’s a great day out and definitely a memorable one. I would recommend comfy yet appropriate clothing that you wouldn’t mind getting dirty. If you’re scared of heights it’s still worth trying, it’s not that high and I never paid much attention whilst walking across the ropes 🙂 I’ve also left Go Ape with a new found confidence which has stuck and I really needed it 🙂 Good luck!
Go Ape website: goape.co.uk