The first thing that struck us on arriving at the course was how high it looked, even from the ground.Fortunately we had good weather on the day a I can't imagine what it would be like on a windy day. When the start time came Esther, Ali, Jonathan, Rachel and Lizzy all went and got trussed up in the very safe and groin constricting looking harnesses finished off with a bright green helmet before listening to a safety briefing. Myself, Dave, Sarah-Jane and Phil all looked on bravely from the sidelines with a camera. The staff at the centre seemed very efficient and reassuring and there was definite smiling going on amongst the climbing team despite some serious fears of heights in the group.
The big, second loop looked higher and harder and started by climbing up the trunk of a tree to about 25 metres off the ground. There we about 15 obstacles in total working higher and higher and finishing in a leap from a platform about 30 metres up to descend straight to the floor. The whole loop took about an hour and a half before all of the climbers were safely back at ground level. Ali passed on the final few obstacles while the other four went to the final leap, and not a single fall at any point from any of them.
The whole experience at Beamish Wild was a lot of fun and definitely somewhere we'd like to head back to in the future when I can join the climbers as well.