Thursday, 18 June 2015

ZIP-WIRING, ARCHERY AND OTHER SHENANIGANS


If you follow me on social media, or you read my blog post here last week, you'll know that I have been up to all sorts of adventurous activities as part of Jeep UK's campaign for their new Jeep Renegade car. Just like their new 'renegade' car, Jeep challenged me to be renegade too, and have some experiences that were individual, pushed boundaries and might just tick of some things on my very own bucket list!

As my first activity, I headed up to Go Ape in Aberfoyle to take on their very long and very high zip-wires. Go Ape is a forest-set series of exhilarating zip-wires and treetop trapeze wires. It definitely isn't for the faint-hearted or for those with a fear of heights. 


Go Ape in Aberfoyle has two of Britain's longest zip-wires- over 400 metres in length and 150 metres off the ground. You literally can only just see one end from the other in the distance. 


At the start of my zip-wire adventure, I was given around half an hour of instructions and a tutorial on attaching and detaching my harness and hooks; as once you leave the first site, it is down to you to attach and see yourself safely down the zip-wires on your own. The staff were great though, and really explained everything thoroughly.



I found it a terrifying experience though, as you really have to coax your mind when you stand on the treetop platforms into thinking that it is actually ok to just jump off, as your harness will catch you. I am really pleased I did it though, and even have a certificate to prove it.



A week later, after my aching muscles had repaired themselves, I went over to Livingston near Edinburgh to learn archery at Mad Max Adventures. It was great fun; but a lot harder on my arms than I expected. Max Max Adventures run all sorts of activities on their massive farm- such as clay shooting, and 4x4 off-roading. Whilst they cater for a lot of corporate and stag groups, you can book individually like I did too.



My one-on-one hour long archery lesson with my instructor Glen was brilliant, and tailored to my own abilities and needs. I stayed on the two closest targets, and usually managed to hit them each time (although rarely in the centre). It was interesting to learn all the safety aspects, such as loading the bow each time, and how to safely retrieve my shot arrows from the targets. Glen said that these arrows really can go clean through someone, so you really do need to be careful.



Finally, back in Aberfoyle at the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, I took on climbing their very high and very wobbly army-style rope net wall. This task requires great upper-arm strength (which I do not possess), so it was a real challenge. However, I did manage to eventually make it to the top. 

Doing all these activities for Jeep was really fun, even if a little scary. It really made my life more adventurous, and I urge you to try something too. Jeep UK are actually giving away lots of really exciting adventures on their Renegades Wanted website, where 10 lucky entrants will win 1 of 10 unique experiences that will bring out their inner renegade. These include physical training with Olympian Greg Searle to test your body's limits, and a shark cage dive. Make sure you enter today to try to get your slice of the renegade action.

This post is sponsored by Jeep UK; but all opinions are my own.

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