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Meet Steve: the 67 year old adventurer

Meet Steve

Struggling to plan a team day out that suits all ages? How about a trip to Go Ape for your next team building day? “It’s only for the young and energetic” we hear you say. Well hear us out… there’s a new kid on the block, who’s proving you’re never too old for adventure.

If you’ve been to Go Ape Crawley in Tilgate Park recently, you may have been in the presence of Go Ape history. Our oldest (and wisest) instructor ever has returned for his second season – 67 year old Steve Allen! Steve is waving the flag for all adventurous sexagenarians (that’s a person who’s between 60 and 69 in case you’re wondering).

 

Where it all began

We were lucky enough to have Steve join our Tribe in 2016, but we’d like to think that a life in the trees was always calling for him. Steve started out in stage management – not very Go Ape we hear you say, but hear us out… his main duty was scenery building which included an awful lot of forests. We’d like to think he’s always had a penchant for trees.

 

From painting trees to swinging through them

Our Steve took to the outdoors like a fish to water (or a monkey to the trees). An outdoorsy man at heart, Steve always had the itch to be ‘in the wild’. It wasn’t long before Steve left the stage management business and jumped into the world of walking holidays – a job that took him all over the world, working alongside people from all walks of life (get it?). Steve has led the way on too many excursions to mention – he’s worked with the Duke of Edinburgh programme and has even walked from the UK to Cuba.

 

What made him swing our way?

A simple email from an outdoor jobs company set Steve on his track to the trees. He loved that fact that Go Ape didn’t ask for his age on the job application (we know you can’t put an age limit on an adventurous spirit)

The rest, as they say, is history. We’re happier than a chimp in woodchip to have someone like Steve monkeying around with us. We only hope that Steve can encourage other grown-ups (or Silverbacks) to get outside and experience Go Ape for themselves.

We’ll leave you with these words of inspiration from the man himself:

“Keep going. Keep living life adventurously, and most importantly, keep enjoying yourself!”

If you’re interested in experiencing a team day out to Go Ape, Crawley (and maybe catching a glimpse of the celebrity, Steve), you can request a quote here.

Fear of heights and how to beat it

3 men overcoming fear of heights in the trees

What word starts with ‘H,’ ends with ‘S,’ and describes something a lot of people are frightened of? Horses? Houmous? Hipsters? Huskies? Hairy spiders? Wait, that’s two words, so it technically doesn’t count… You might know someone with an irrational fear of mushed chickpeas, but we’re actually thinking of a more common fear. So common, in fact, that it features third on the ultimate list of top 100 fears and phobias.

 

Fear of heights?

We are, of course, talking about acrophobia – aka the fear of heights! As you can probably imagine, a lot of acrophobics cross Go Ape’s tree-lined paths. We’d actually go as far as to say that we’ve become experts at helping people to overcome their fear of heights!

 

People arrive at our forests with the aim of combatting their fear; and by completing one of our sky-high obstacles nestled in the treetops, that’s exactly what they achieve! Fear holds people back – it gets in the way of life. A fear of heights stops people from living their lives adventurously, and we can’t have that!

 

Help your tribe tackle their fear!

Chances are that many of your tribe feel a little uneasy with heights. Ask for a show of hands – you’ll be surprised. Some of your tribe might have a mild fear, while others may be so afraid that they can’t even travel in a lift without their knees trembling. And that’s a true sign that their fear is hampering their day-to-day life.

 

So, why should you help them overcome their fear? Well, first of all, it shows that you’re invested in their well-being. You want them to conquer their phobia once and for all, so they can get out there and start living life more adventurously!

 

Get them on a Tree Top Adventure

Once they’ve plucked up the courage to head skyward, they’ll feel a mega sense of achievement upon descending that final zip wire – expect to see huge grins across their faces! Your tribe will feel more confident in themselves and their abilities, which can have a positive impact on their work when they’re back in the office.

 

It won’t be easy for those who fear heights. But what we aim to do is help them overcome their phobia in a fun way, so that they associate heights with an enjoyable experience. We’re there to support your team every step, jump and swing of the way – it’ll be a challenge, but that makes success taste all the more sweet!

 

Fear or no fear, a trip to Go Ape is the perfect chance for you to bond with your tribe in the treetops. It’s a chance for them to leave the confines of the office behind, unleash their inner Tarzans, and embark on a team building trip that’ll linger in their memories for years to come!

 

Ready to Go Ape as your team day out? Book your mid-week adventure today! Request a quote from one of our hairy tribe here.

Come and meet the tribe

events tribe steve at the HRD summit show

Our Go Ape tribe are making the rounds over the next few months, attending shows and meeting with the public to answer any questions and queries you may have. The tribe will have information on our Team Days Out to hand, as well as some VR headsets so you can virtually experience the adventure before you book. Anything you may need, our tribe will be on hand to help.

 

Where to find us…

 

London Summer Event Show

A trendy themed exhibition that brings together a mix of the best summer venues things to do with your team when the weather gets warmer. We’d like to think we’re one of them. Find us in the Street Party Room on Stand E7 talking about all things adventure.

24th – 25th January 2017

Banking Hall 14 Cornhill, EC3V 3ND

 

HRD Summit

The Human Resources Director Summit will be taking place in Birmingham in January 2017! You can come enjoy seminars from 11 keynote speakers or come and meet the teams exhibiting. You’ll be able to find us on Stand 19.

31st Jan – 1st Feb 2017

The ICC, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EA

 

Office Confex Show

Office, International Confex and the Event Production Show have joined forces to bring the ultimate event for PAs, EAs, Office Managers and the like. We’ll be there from the 1st March, hopefully bringing some sunshine, smiles and some inspiration for outdoor team building.

1st -2nd March 2017

Olympia, London, Hammersmith Rd, London W14 8UX

 

Who to look out for

But, just who is behind our hard-working Team Days Out tribe? We think a few introductions are in order…

Sam Hardy – Events Manager and long-suffering ITFC fan

Sam Hardy - Go Ape Corporate Events

 Sean Hixon – Events Co-ordinator and explorer of the world

Sean Hixon - Go Ape Corporate EventsRichard Steggles – Events Co-ordinator, Spin Instructor and Poker Extraordinaire 

Richard Steggles - Go Ape Corporate Events

 Steve Hissett – Events Co-ordinator, football star and #1 dad

Steve Hissett - Go Ape Corporate Events

 Terry Sutton – Events Co-ordinator, guitar hero and songwriter

Terry Sutton - Go Ape Corporate Events

Sarah Stimpson – Events Co-ordinator, talented sketch artist and Roller Derby Queen

Sarah Stimpson - Go Ape Corporate Events

 

Are you attending any of the shows above? We look forward to hanging out with you. Go Ape is an excellent team day out and it certainly isn’t your average team building trip. Break the mould, be the office hero, and book a team day out for your tribe in 2017. Request a quote via one of our hairy tribe members at the show, or fill one out online today. 

One Year of Highlights at Go Ape

This year we’ve been busy little monkeys. We’ve worked hard and played even harder. We made sure that team building was at the forefront of our days out, with a healthy dollop of adventure thrown in too. Here are just some of Go Ape’s highlights from the memorable year that was 2016.
Air Space Freestyle Fitness

January– Air Space launches in Wolverhampton

After a successful launch, we left head office on a road trip to test out our new freestyle fitness classes at Air Space.

February – Sharing the love

Every February we go to all 30 of our sites to catch up with the teams and plan for the year ahead. Some face to face time is so beneficial in keeping a strong team.

March – Only the Brave

A 5 mile obstacle course that isn’t for the faint-hearted. We attacked this challenge as a team and came back (sorer) and stronger than ever!

April – Managers Meeting with a difference

Our managers meetings are never all business. We take this time to bond with the whole company. Que raft building and kayaking in the Forest of Dean.

May – Filming the Go Ape tribe video

We were asked to reflect on our time being part of the Go Ape tribe (all captured on camera). Sometimes you need to take a walk down memory lane to remind you how much you love your team.

Go-Ape-Three-Peaks-Yacht-Race-TeamJune – The 3 Peaks Yacht Race

Intense and competitive. Our directors were tasked with 389 miles of sailing, 18 miles of cycling and 72 miles of running up 3 mountain peaks of Britain. A grueling challenge that they took on with all of the teams support.

July – Feedback that warms the heart

We love it when we hear back from our customers about our team days out. Yale’s case study brought a tear to our eye and reaffirmed why team building is so important.

August – A Go Ape wedding

One of our own got married and we were all invited. Spending time with your tribe outside of work is a lovely way to show that you don’t just appreciate one another as colleagues, but also as the awesome individuals they are.

20 mile charity walk Go Ape 2016September – 20 mile charity walk

The whole of Banana HQ put on their out of offices and trekked 20 miles for the Outward Bound Trust. A great opportunity to talk to every member of the team, swap stories they may not know about you, and complain about your chaffing.

October – 4 x 4 off road driving

There was a lot of trust and mutual support as we drove down ditches, over hills and at 45 degree angles through the forest.

November – Nomination Station

We were nominated as the Best Team Building Attraction in the World and we made it to the final four! Watch this space to see if we win before the year is up.

December – Swapping Secret Santa gifts

We’re spreading the Christmas joy and showing our colleagues just how well we know them. Gift swapping is accompanied by a team Christmas luncheon so we can wish each other well over the Christmas period.

 

What is your plan for 2017 looking like? Have you included team building as part of your schedule? Perhaps it’s time to get out of the office and up into the trees. Request a quote for an adventurous team day out right here.