My mates and I decided to give this a go on a recent visit to Quarry Walk.
It is a very basic wood hut that you see as you walk up the drive. We were met by a girl called Sam and she took us through getting into our harnesses and the safety brief. She then took us to a small square course starting about a metre off the ground and clipped us all on one by one and off we went. This wasn't too bad although it got higher as it went. The worst bit for me was the tyres as I could not manage to lift my legs up high enough to go over the top but all the others were.
After doing the small square we were unclipped and led up hill to the next one, this was much longer and higher. We were clipped on and off we went again. This is where we started to laugh as one of my mates fell from the course and unfortunately struggled to get back on. Sam clipped herself up and was able to come and lend a hand. About half way through I was exhausted and didn't think I could make the end. My partner called her over and told her how I felt and she asked if was the height that was an issue but I explained was just aching with the effort, she reasured me that I was past the toughest and that it would be easier, she offered to do the next two obsticles with me and so I agreed to carry on. My mate fell off again and she had to go help so she told me to wait at a hanging platform for her. Thankfully this was what I needed as it gave me time to calm down and get my energy back and I was able to tackle the rest without any problems. They don't tell you how you get down though and we thought would be a zip wire or something but no was a power fan desent that we all fell over on. Making us green with envy when Sam graciously landded on one foot.
The other thing that makes it tough is having to pull your guide line with you, in between obsticles it has to change heights and can get a bit stuck and needs a good yank, this took it out of me too but there are some tips the instructors have if you get stuck
It was amazing to be able to say I have done it and I am pleased non of us gave up. A few pointers I would give are
1) Think about your order as once you are clipped on you are in a line and can not pass one another, ( instructors have a seperate line next to you if needed)
2) Put your weight on your feet, sounds dumb but we were told this and it makes sense as we were all trying to hold ourselves up with our guide line and arms.
3) Take or buy the gloves as the ropes can be tough on the hands, I still had bruises even with them
4) Try to go in dry weather, being part wood and part rope I can imagine it being slippery and harder in wer weather
I can not fault Sam she made it so much more fun and was such a laugh, giving as good as she got with our group. The music playing in the trees helped to keep us motivated as well and made a good atmosphere.
I have even agreed to go again :/
If you own or manage Aerial Extreme Staffordshire, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.