Facing my Fears with Go Ape [AD]

17th October 2018

For as long as I can remember. I’ve always had a fear of heights. Whether it was climbing stairs with slats in the middle,  getting to the top of a monument, or climbing to the top of a water slide – it terrified me.

So the idea of going to something like Go Ape isn’t really something people would picture me doing. But it’s been high (lol) on my list of things to do for ages. So when they got in touch and invited us along, I couldn’t turn down the offer.

We had the choice to visit any of the four locations in Scotland, and decided to visit the amazing location in Aberfeldy. This is a short drive away from our hometown, so it was an easy car ride to get to and meant we got some time at home with the family.

When we got there, I was obviously a bag of nerves. I really didn’t know what to expect, and thanks to David’s family putting the worse thoughts into my mind, I was a bit scared.

But it turns out there was little reason for me to be so worried. The team were super friendly and really enthusiastic, which meant we felt safe but also supported to make the most of the day. We got our harnesses fitted and received a thorough health and safety debrief, which made everything super simple to follow. And then we were off.

At the Aberfeldy course you’re thrown in immediately, with a 400m long zip-wire over the waterfall and across to the main assault course. Surprisingly this wasn’t the part I found that scary, in fact I loved it and ended up being genuinely excited every time I got to go on a zip-wire.

I can’t say I was that enthusiastic about climbing the trees and having to do an assault course so high off the ground. But in reality, I was really proud of myself for pushing through my fear and trying something new. Each element of the course tells you the difficulty level, and at some points there’s even an easier route available – which I’m not ashamed to say I took advantage of. Trying to get across stirups whilst however many feet in the air was not something I was ready to do.

The best part of the whole day was definitely the giant zip-wire at the end. I also loved the tarzan swings – these involved jumping off of a platform and swinging into a giant roped net. These were so much fun, but it did take a lot of motivation to do the last one. It was such a big drop, and there’s a beautiful video of me screaming my head of – I genuinely thought I was going to fall to the ground!

We honestly had the best time, and I’m surprised by just how much I enjoyed it. I got such an adrenaline rush that I was ready to do the course again straight away. We’ll definitely be heading back to at least one of the venues, and next time I think we’ll take some friends along.

Thank you to both Go Ape and Big Partnership for inviting us along!

*I did not receive payment for this post, however we did receive admission to Go Ape as a gift, and were asked to provide coverage on my social media & blog.

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