Go Ape (Living Arrows)

Go Ape (Living Arrows)

Welcome back to my photo adventure, Living Arrows, which is about celebrating childhood. The project originally took it’s name from a poem by Kahlil Gibran. “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”.

I’ll share photos of both Shalini and Shivam from our week. These will be simple photos that capture a moment of childhood.Go Ape - Shivam bravely crossingThis week we were invited to Go Ape. We’ve spent a lot of time this summer outdoors and tried to do more adventurous things. The kids were really excited about this.Go Ape - Shivam crossing the netsCannock Chase was the closest option for us and it took around 40 minutes to get there. We opted for Sukh and the kids to do the Tree Top Junior course. It’s suitable for younger children over a metre tall.

It’s not as big as the Tree Top Adventure course but it’s still five metres off the ground. So it’s quite an achievement if you manage to do it. You get an hour up there and there are wobbly bridges, some fairly difficult crossings and a zip wire.Go Ape - Shalini crossing the planksAfter the safety briefing, off they went to the first part. This is the shortest course before you reach the zipwire finale.Go Ape - Shivam on the crossingI was worried Shivam would refuse to even walk up the stairs to give any of it a go because he has a fear of heights. He walked quite confidently across the net and the planks which moved quite shakily as they were tied to ropes. We were all pretty surprised. He bravely took each step at a time though and got to the zip wire.Go Ape - Shalini and Shivam pose with the ape statueIt was here that he had a freak out. I must admit the platform from which you launch yourself looks pretty scary and I’m OK with heights. The instructor at the top was really friendly and tried so hard to get him to do it, building him up to it and asking him to walk further forward at each attempt.

At one point, we thought he was ready to let go and I knew he would love it if he did. It would be something he would want to do again and again. But it didn’t happen. I think he just made it worse in his own head.

Go Ape - Shivam trying to brave the zipwire

So unfortunately on this occasion he didn’t experience the zip wire experience. It meant he couldn’t complete the longer part of the course as there are no steps down from that bit. Once you’ve completed the really difficult planks, nets and boards, the only way down is to zip it down. He spent the hour doing the shorter course over and over again but he seemed to love it.

Go Ape - Shivam bravely crossingShalini on the other hand did the short course once and then went straight to the larger part of the adventure. She loved the zip wire and it was so funny watching her launch herself off the platform, zip straight down.

As soon as she got towards the end, her legs would start flailing about and she would land on her back. It’s perfectly safe and most people land that way. Some start running as soon as their feet touch the ground so they never fall into the piles of bark below.Go Ape - Shalini on the zipwireIt was a cloudy day and it started chucking buckets in the last ten minutes. Sukh and the kids continued the course even in the rain but the course had to be closed down because of thunder and lightning. There are a lot of metal ropes and wires up there so pretty dangerous.Go Ape - Shalini crossing the planksThe staff were excellent and even when asking people to get under shelter and informing them they would beed to wait half an hour, the smiles never left their faces. It was the friendly staff that made the experience even more enjoyable. People were offered gift vouchers to come back another day, if they didn’t want to wait out the adverse conditions, Go Ape - Shalini on an intricate crossingAll in all, the kids had a great time and we will come back again – next time hopefully I can join in too. And fingers crossed, Shivam decides to have a go at the zip wire too. Shalini has already told me she doesn’t want to do the junior course next time and is excited about the Tree Top Adventure.Go Ape - Shalini crossing the netsIf you love being outdoors and enjoy a family adventure, this high ropes course is perfect. Even after the hour spent on the course itself, there is plenty to do in the forest, like walking or cycling. There is a cafe onsite so you could just chill with a cup of coffee if you wanted to.Go Ape - Shalini on the zipwire

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  1. August 17, 2018 / 8:42 pm

    It looks like they had such a great time at Go Ape – and your daughter looks so grown up! Your photos are fantastic considering they’re up in the trees too! x

    • Rosie
      August 17, 2018 / 10:05 pm

      Thanks Donna. They had a fab time and my husband manages to capture great shots no matter where we are. I wish I could do the same x

  2. August 19, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    Sounds like you had an amazing time! Fab pictures too! #LivingArrows

    • Rosie
      August 20, 2018 / 11:40 am

      Thank you – yes we had a great morning x

  3. August 20, 2018 / 5:11 pm

    wow, this looks exciting fun and something I will have to take my boys when they are little bit older X

    • Rosie
      August 21, 2018 / 11:01 pm

      It’s a bit nerve-racking at first but they loved it. I’m sure you all will too x

    • Rosie
      August 21, 2018 / 10:59 pm

      The kids were a bit nervous but once they got up there they were really brave. They had a great time x

  4. August 20, 2018 / 7:15 pm

    These are gorgeous photos! Looks like the kids really pushed themselves and had fun! I went here once on a staff morale boosting day and I was really proud of myself for reaching the end! The zip line is the best bit! #MMBC

    • Rosie
      August 21, 2018 / 10:57 pm

      Thank you. My husband takes all the photos so all credit to him. We had a great morning and the kids were a bit nervous but they had such fun. Hopefully Shivam will conquer the zip line next time x

    • Rosie
      August 22, 2018 / 10:54 pm

      Thank you. It was a fun morning out x

  5. August 23, 2018 / 4:27 pm

    I would love to take the family to a place like Go Ape! What fun. Everyone looks happy and the pix are beautiful. Was it at all scary? #dreamteam xoxo

    • Rosie
      August 24, 2018 / 8:05 am

      Thanks Lisa. I wasn’t able to do it due to some bad back issues but my husband and the kids loved it. They got over their fear quite early on x

      • August 25, 2018 / 12:14 am

        I feel you on those back issues! I have terrible neck and back, so you have my empathy ☺️?

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