OK, so the title is a little misleading, I’ll give you that, but I did spend several hours in the trees last Friday. Honest…
Upon starting my new job, my new colleagues announced that they thought it would be fun to go climb some trees at Extreeme, in Weasenham (near Fakenham).
Stupidly, I agreed, because I thought it would be a good opportunity to get to know everyone.
To put it simply, Extreeme is like Go Ape, although the obstacles are higher and more complicated, well, according to the instructors anyway.
Once you’re trussed up in a harness and safety gear, you’re talked through a practice run and then let go in the forest. And while they stay with you on the way round, they don’t really offer any tips; they just make sure you’re safe while your friends help you.
Now, I have no upper body strength (my arms still ache 3, days later) and no head for heights, so I spent much of the course feeling scared, which meant it wasn’t much fun.
I did manage to get the whole way round though, at both the 20 and 40 foot obstacles and did actually enjoy the zip wires. However, I just don’t think it’s my thing.
In fact, my favourite bit was the 3G swing, where you are winched up to 45 feet and then let go. I screamed my head off and did really enjoy it, but that was right at the end.
Alas, I don’t think I will ever go back, as much as I was proud of myself. It’s not really my scene. However, that’s just me – most of the people I went with were fitter than myself and less chicken!
You can find out more about Extreeme and book up a place on their website.