Tarzan and his crew were out in force at the weekend as my tribe and I took on top forest adventure Go Ape.
Okay, so Tarzan I certainly wasn’t. I came away battered, bruised and exhausted, but that’s the sign of a great day out in my book.
If the idea of climbing across logs, flying down zip wires, and crossing various obstacles at quite a height breathes the fear of God into you then I would stay away.
But for the more adventurous of you I would definitely recommend it.
My tribe consisted of myself, Ian Taylor, Mike Lowiss, Caroline Giles and Steve Clarke, and I am pleased to say we all managed to complete the course, based the lovely grounds of Woburn Safari Park.
I will admit I was definitely the weakest tribe member, having to be rescued by a very nice Go Ape instructor after getting stuck on a climbing net, and making way too much of a fuss around most of the course.
And full credit must be given to my partner Ian for putting up with me and helping me through, along with the rest of my group.
We started our visit with a health and safety briefing on the harness equipment. Unlike a lot of health and safety sessions, this isn’t one you just switch off to and think what is the point?
Simply, the harness can save your life if you fall. If you are fastened incorrectly you could suffer a serious, or even fatal, injury.
It all does sound a little bit too technical to begin with, but the instructors are great at explaining it in simple terms and showing you what to do.
We were then shown our first obstacle to conquer. It didn’t look too tricky, a rope ladder, quick zip across the a very thin rope and then our first zip wire.
I was excited and a little anxious. The rope wasn’t as simple as it first looked and the fear - and the wobble - got the better of me, turning me into a complete pansy.
The thought of the zip wire scared me, but they are the most fun part of the course, and they get faster each time - a great adrenalin rush.
After the first obstacle is the point the instructors leave you, and you take on the rest of the course yourself.
The next obstacle I didn’t quite conquer. After swinging on a rope from a tree top to a climbing net, I struggled to climb onto the next point and embarrassingly had to be rescued by the instructors.
However, they were very good, quick to respond and made sure I was okay to carry on.
The next couple of hours saw us making our way up ladders, through tree tops, swinging through Tarzan swings, across wobbly ropes. planks of wood and logs, and flying down speedy zip wires.
I nearly got stuck about three quarters of the way through with a challenging obstacle that consisted of jumping across a number of swinging logs.
But I persevered and we all made our way to the finishing line.
The Woburn course is made up of six sections, the longest zip wire is 156 metres long, longest crossing is 15.5 metres. Its total length is 804 metres and there are 37 crossings.
There was laughs, bruises, and many girlie screams along the way, but it was an awesome day out. And with just a couple of weeks left of the summer holidays it’s perfect for families too.
The Woburn site has a special children’s course so everyone can enjoy the experience.
Prices are £30 for Gorillas (adults) and £24 for your little baboons (children between 10 and 17).
To find your inner ape go to www.goape.co.uk