Saturday 8 October 2011

Going Ape about Going Ape

Hi again,
So Thursday I went to Go Ape! in Haldon forest with Mr Krebs, this is just outside Exeter. Having done Go Ape! before we had a vague idea of what to expect and remembered the number 1 rule 'ALWAYS STAY ATTACHED!' Neil Kemp, I'm looking at you.
Anyway, having arrived in plenty of time in the drizzle we signed the disclaimer and had a safety briefing from our instructor Ian, a man who works the summer in the forest and the winter at a ski resort in Canada, a man who clearly knows what the good life is. After that we were free to wander the forest canopy on a series of hazardous (not really that hazardous) walkways, tarzan swings and zip wires. It's very awesome.
However, having got the panic on the second Tarzan swing which is MASSIVE it was suggest that I hold the black part of the ropes rather than the bunch of ropes attached to me so that when I finally jumped off it felt as though my shoulders were ripped from their sockets and my fingernails torn off and hastily replaced, the bruising around my backside stops me sitting down to swiftly...always listen the instructor OK? ALWAYS!
Anyways, having finished the last zip wire, on my backside like all the others, we went back up to the hut to return the safety gear. Ian, however offered us a chance to go around the awesome bits again because it wasn't very busy! How very kind! So we did, this time the sun shining gaily through the trees and the luxury of experience rewriting the terrible agony of the first time around into a much more pleasurable experience. What a fantastic time! :D

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