Connecticut based adventure seekers can get their thrills this summer at the GoApe Tree Top adventures in New Britain. I had the opportunity to experience the UK based company’s New Britain course recently and I have to admit that the experience was absolutely exhilarating. Here is my recap of my day.
I had to find a last minute replacement after my photographer/designated adventure friend canceled. Cliff is a facebook friend and an ex-friend of a friend who I had only met in person twice before. From what I know, though, he was the perfect guy and I was right. Even in the face of rain, cold and feet far from solid ground this guy showed no fear.
If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t have even made it through the training course. I’m not gonna lie, when we started the training, it felt a lot more intimidating than I had imagined it to be. With some encouragement from Cliff and our GoApe trainer Hope, I made it through the training course and made my first zip into the saw dust pit before moving on to course two.
Climbing the rope and sticks ladder (well, that’s what it reminded me of) was scary, but the good thing is that you are strapped onto a harness even when you are climbing. Even if for some reason, I slipped off the ladder or decided that I couldn’t go any further and wasn’t able to climb down (that’s totally happened to me before), there was a mechanism in place to keep me safe and which could also return me back to the ground if needed be. As a matter of fact, you are required to be was strapped to something at all times and there are signs posted everywhere reminding you to do so.
The Go Ape New Britain course has the longest zipline in the state. There are five courses in the park which increase with difficulty. You have to complete a number of obstacles first though before you move on to the pièce de résistance, the zip line; three of which are over water and the other two, which are over land. I had no issues with the first obstacle on course 2, but that Tarzan swing nearly got the best of me. The thought of swinging from the platform with only the safety of the harness was daunting. I had almost given up, but perhaps almost 20 minutes and after lots of encouragement, I finally let go and made the swing into the net.
After conquering the Tarzan swing, I breezed through the rest of the obstacles before arriving at my second zip line. It didn’t take as much convincing to zip across the pond. I strapped myself in and let go. It did indeed feel like an accomplishment at that point and after high fives with the GoApe staff, we wore our sawdust covered clothing as a badge of honor through the park to the third course. I had however, had enough adventure after maneuvering through some interesting tree top obstacles and finally zipping through the trees on a skate board into my third saw dust pit.
Cliff continued, and completed the final two courses in record speed. I actually regret not continuing on to course 4 and 5, but the park will be open through the summer and I’m looking forward to returning soon.
Here are a few tips and things to remember before you go book or begin your adventure Go Ape New Britain Connecticut:
- The staff members will not be stationed on the platforms with you to check your connections, so pay attention during training.
- Bring a friend. The GoApe staff members are AMAZING and VERY supportive, but please get your own Cliff; someone that you know and who is more adventurous than you or you will be stuck on that Tarzan swing for hours.
- Note the cancellation policy. They will only cancel your appointment if there is high winds or lightening. Pray for a warm, not hot and sunny day.
- Self confidence goes a long way on this adventure. Confidence in the GoApe personnel, equipment and your personal Cliff will also make the experience a lot more enjoyable.
- Having a bit of bad ass attitude and hunger for adventure will help you to get past the training course.
- You will feel a sense of accomplishment and a sense that you can conquer anything after you zip over that pond.
- The entire course takes 2-3 hours to complete so plan your day accordingly.
- GoApe in New Britain has the longest zip line in the state of Connecticut.
- Wear gloves! You can thank me later.
DISCLOSURE: I received complimentary admissions which allowed me to share my experience with you. My experience might be slightly different from yours but all opinions expressed are honest and were not influenced.