Last Friday I received an email from Go Ape Treetop Adventure with an invite to come check out their North Park course. I have run by their course so many times, but have never gone to do it. I was so excited at the opportunity as I had actually planned some zip-lining adventures in Hawaii and of course having to miss out on it with the whole hospitalization that week. I was so excited about this opportunity and scheduled my adventure 2 days later for myself and my friend Gen.
Gen and I arrived to Go Ape about 15 minutes prior to our session starting at 10am. They asked you to arrive a little early to just make sure paperwork was completed. We were immediately greeted by friendly and professional staff. All of the paperwork was quick and we then hung around until the rest of our group arrived. We had 11 people going in our group and the most they will put in a group is 14.
The weather was nearly perfect. I decided to throw on a long sleeve thinking we’d be in the shade a little more, but it got hotter than I thought it would and I certainly could have done without it. Go Ape also suggests if you wanted to take pictures or video to bring your phone in an arm band. I ended up wearing my Spibelt a little above my harness and it was perfect and never in the way. If you are a GoPro person, bring a chest harness for that. I had actually purchased a knock-off GoPro for Hawaii and thought I could use that, but I didn’t have the actual harness. Guess I need to get one and go back!
What I had in my mind for this adventure was nothing like that it ended up being and it was so much better. I thought this was a true zip-line course where you essentially zip from platform to platform. It was way more just zip zipping around in the tree tops. Before we headed into the trees, we had to get a safety briefing and make sure our harness was fitted correctly. We had Paul as our instructor and he was great! No one loves to do the boring stuff, but he made it fun. He brought out the jokes and made sure we were all comfortable before we headed out. This part of the day took about 20 minutes. It was pretty important because the instructors are not the ones clipping you on and off the cables. It’s all on you!
Once we got the all clear from our instructor, we were off on our own. The way Go Ape North Park is set up is that there are 5 sites. Each site is locked with a keypad lock and half the adventure for us seemed to be actually getting into the locked sites. Between Gen and myself, we maybe got into 1 site on the first try. Once inside, you always started with a ladder climb. Then you complete different crossings and ended each site with a zip of varying length. Every crossing brought its own challenge. A few times you even got to choose a path. Along the way you also had 2 different Tarzan swings.
Now, as someone who is afraid of heights, this adventure was perfect! The legs were definitely shaking on the first platform, but by the end, I felt so comfortable up there. The nice thing about Go Ape is that it’s for anyone! (Well, anyone over 10 years old and must br 4’7″ and under 285 lbs) If you’re between the ages of 10-15 years old though you must be wth 2 adults. Otherwise, you’re free to be adventurous on your own! The highest platform is only at 40 feet, so it’s not too high for someone afraid of heights. The longest zip is around 440 ft.
The hardest crossing for me came down to the rings and cargo net. It was one of those decision making platforms and Gen decided to not do them, so I felt I had to give them a go. I knew if I missed and fell into my harness that I could just pull myself across the cable. In some unknown way, I actually made it across on both! I hurt and it was hard, but I was so proud of myself! At another decision platform, Gen decided to go the harder route while I went the easier one. You have to have balance.
Overall, I absolutely loved my time on the Go Ape Course. It took Gen and I about 2 hours. The majority of the people in our group were wonderful! We had some course “experts” in our group so they breezed on ahead, but everyone else seemed to always be around the same site. We were even giving each other advice on how to tackle a few crossings and encouraging each other.
Here is the best part though! Go Ape is offering all of my readers a 15% discount with code PCGZIPS18 that is good until 6/4/18! Their season ends here in a few weeks in the middle of November, but the code is still good for the beginning of their next season! You can go here to not only book your adventure but also check out more about the course. This is a great activity to do with friends, family or even do a corporate type retreat. I will definitely be going back and plan to do much better on those rings than I did this first time. Thanks again, Go Ape for a perfect adventure!
Disclaimer: Go Ape provided me entry for 2 in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.