Minimum age: 10 years old
Minimum height: 4ft 7in (55 inches)
Maximum weight: 285 lbs (subject to harness fit)
Supervision: One participating adult (18+) is required to supervise up to two 10-15 year olds. 16-17 year olds do not require a supervising adult, but do require a waiver signed by their legal guardian or an adult (18+) who has obtained permission from the 16-17 year olds legal guardian.
We swung from the trees at Go Ape, in North Park which is north of Pittsburgh, PA. This location is only about 20 minutes from our home and we are always at the park. It is an amazing location for Go Ape and the one thing I really love about it is nature lovers are going to be addicted as soon as they step foot here. North Park is a 65 acre lake with everything from kayaking to an ice rink. So, once you are all done at Go Ape, you wil definately have more fun to go find.
The check in process at Go Ape is super easy. They have the usual forms that everyone participating must fill out, if you bring a child under 16 then an adult will be signing for them. That adult will also be accompanying the child through all of the course. So, you will be resposible for showing them the ropes, making sure they are latched, etc. I signed for my daughter, so I was her guardian during the outing. This meant I made her go first on the courses, after I checked her harness.
After getting harnessed up, we were ready to go. Our guide led us to a practice area where we learned the ropes. There, we were taught the proper way to atteach the carabiners to the lines and ourselves. It is a simple process, but you need to pay attention, because this is what keeps you safe and in the trees.
From there, we were ready to go. The first line was a small zip line that was more practice just to gain your footing. You climbed a ladder, walked across, and then zipped down a short line. Then, it was time to go to the actual course.
In Go Ape North Park, there are 41 exciting crossings to include the Double Stirrups, Bosun’s Chair, Flying Carpet and Spider’s Web, 2 Tarzan swings and 5 zip lines. The great part is, there are some more challenging areas: the Pirate Crossing and Chantemerle Bridge but if you are not wanting to try them there are alternative crossings.
Overall, it took us about 30 miutes to get through training. They make sure your are completely comfortable before allowing you to proceed. Then, we were in the course for another 3 hours. You can stay for as long as you wish and it is a ton of fun. If you aren't keen on heights, this is one you need to sit out. There are areas you will be WAY up in the air and it isn't for the faint of heart. The good news is, you don't have to sit at home. Observers are allowed to come and check out the fun from the ground and cheer on their friends.
Some Tips For Your Adventure:
-Wear comfy clothes! There is climbing, flying, etc. You cannot do this in heels, skirts, tight jeans, or any others sorts of clothes. Be comfortable and enjoy.
-If you are taking a camera or phone make sure you have somewhere to keep it!
-You will get dirty!
-Book an early time so you dont feel rushed. Late in the day times tend to get crowded. So, if you don't want to have a group or two behind you, book early in the day.