Aberfoyle, Stirling FK8, UK

Live Life Adventurously

Wednesday, 19 October 2016


Live Life Adventurously
I have a confession to make... I am a massive adrenaline junkie, I love being scared and doing things that are way out of my comfort zone. Life is so much more fun and exciting when you are partaking in adventures. Last week I got the opportunity to do something so exciting and adrenaline filled and I still can't quite explain how happy it makes me to say I done it.

The Saturday before last Ashley, my best friend (she also blogs here, check it out, it's amazing), and I went to Go Ape in Aberfoyle for a fun day packed with adventure. I had never done anything like this before, I mean I had always wanted to and I even signed myself up to zip line across the Clyde earlier this year, but sadly plans fell through. So as well as being filled with excitement and adrenaline, I was also a little anxious. 

We were travelling up to Aberfoyle in Stirling from our hometown, a little town on the outskirts of Glasgow. As much as I am a city girl, I absolutely loved the hour long drive. It was fairly easy to get there and locate and the views on the way up were absolutely stunning. The week before I travelled up to Perth for my sister's hen night and I swear it's crazy how beautiful Scotland is.

Live Life Adventurously
Training ground for hooking the harness in.

Once we got there we read over some safety procedures, signed a form and were on our way to get harnessed up. A worker harnessed us up, the harness felt like I was wearing a nappy at first, very tight around my waist and looser around my thighs. It wasn't uncomfortable though which was surprising. Once we were harnessed up we began doing the safety trials of hooking the harness up to the equipment. I asked the worker questions about hooking everything in to make sure I was doing it right and she didn't get annoyed despite asking about 50 questions. 

Then it was my turn to zip line into the woods where the tree top adventures were. All the usual thoughts ran through my head, what if I died? What if I didn't strap in properly? What if I fell to my death? I'm only 20 I have so much more life to live! Y'know the usual thought you have before you willingly dangle 120ft in the air from a harness. 

Isn't that what trying new things is all about though? I mean personally I love being scared, in that moment when I was on the zip line and was ready to walk off the end of the ledge and float in the air I was terrified, shaking with fear, but I was also so excited. In this kind of environment I knew I wasn't going to plummet to my death, I knew all the safety procedures and the line was clearly safe in such an established park, so as scared as I was it was almost easy to just jump into the air and let my harness carry me along 426 metres as I floated in the air. 

Live Life Adventurously
Top of the zipline out to the woods where the tree adventures are.
While I was zip lining through the air and admiring the wonderful view as I floated over trees and a little river I couldn't help, but giggle to myself at how scared I actually was. I mean this is an opportunity not many people would take up, I just done something incredibly brave and here I am perfectly fine, but the memory of doing that incredibly brave thing will stick with me forever. 

Once I got to the other end I had the biggest smile on my face and was greeted by another incredibly lovely Go Ape worker and a little robin bird. A robin is the symbol of life, hope and passion (apparently) and for me it has always made me so happy when I see robins, I mean I am Robyn, so that was incredibly sweet. 

I didn't want to take my phone in with me and end up having it dropped so I couldn't take many pictures of the scenery and the actual course, but it was incredible. When you got into the forest you unhooked from the zipline and then went on a little walk through the gorgeously green forest.

Live Life Adventurously
Live Life Adventurously

There are five sites in the course and with each one you go higher up into the trees with harder obstacles along the way. The first site is the zip line down into the forest and then the second is just slightly into the trees. With each one it was scarier and more complex, but as long as you abide by the number one rule of Go Ape and stay attached at all times you have no reason to worry. 

My least favourite part was definitely the Tarzan swings, during these you zip line towards a net which you then grab onto and climb up and over to the next ledge. There were two of these, the first one was on one of the lower levels and as much as I disliked it, because I'm too weak to pull myself up clearly, it was pretty easy. The second one was in the fourth site and was one of the scariest parts of the experience.

With this one you attached yourself, but when you jumped from the ledge you fell down by like a foot, maybe, words can't describe how bad I am with judging length so don't quote me on that, and then you swung at full speed towards the net, most people hit the net and bounced back a little, I didn't and I climbed onto the ledge with much more ease. As much as it was my least favourite part of the whole day out, I would definitely do the Tarzan swings again. (here is a video on GoApeAberfoyle's Instagram of this Tarzan swing).

This part of the course actually had an option, you could either do the Tarzan swing aka the black or go for the easy option and walk along a little log bridge onto the next area, of course I didn't want to miss out on trying the Tarzan swing so I did it, but earlier in the course I actually opted for the easier option. At site three there was the option to walk across a rope bridge or attempt the stirrups and watching others walk across the stirrups made me feel uneasy never mind me doing it myself, but I will have to try it next time. 

Live Life Adventurously
Live Life Adventurously

The whole course took us about two and a half to three hours to complete and it was incredible, my favourite part for sure was the zip line back which was higher up than the one into the forest and had the most gorgeous view surrounding it. It seemed to be everyone's favourite, I spoke to about five different workers there and when asking their favourite part, everyone seemed to say the last zip line and for obvious reasons. 

I had never done anything like this before in my life, it was such a new and amazing experience for me. It made me think about all of the experiences I have missed out on because I was scared of something wrong happening and now I feel absolutely stupid because taking those chances makes for such incredible memories. 

When you take the opportunity to step outside your comfort zone and live life adventurously you have such amazing memories to take with you. I can now say I zip lined 120ft in the air and will no longer be afraid to do it again. It was one of the most incredible things I have ever done and I had so much fun doing it, yet if I let my fears get in the way I wouldn't have done it at all.

Live Life Adventurously
I would recommend Go Ape to anyone who loves adventure, to anyone who wants to get out in the outdoors and try something new and above all I would recommend Go Ape to someone who is scared and wants to get over their fears. Oh, and the little certificate you get once you complete the course is cute, so there is another reason.

Have you ever gone to Go Ape? Will you go? What's the most adventurous thing you have done?

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Disclaimer: 
I was sent to Go Ape on a trial and review basis.
Therefore this trip was free of charge. 
However, all opinions are my own.


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