Climbing the High Ropes with Bear Grylls
When it comes to working at height, the roofing industry here in the UK stands head and shoulders above everybody else. However, Bear Grylls aims to raise the bar and bring the experience to everybody at his new High Ropes course at the Bear Grylls Adventure attraction at Birmingham’s NEC.
The Bear Grylls Adventure opens its doors this week to enable the most intrepid among us to test their limits and take on some of the world’s most challenging mental and physical tests, all inspired by Bear’s dedication to his love of adventure. Whether you have ambitions to fly, dive or climb, there are four amazing challenges to choose from, all of which begin at Bear’s Basecamp.
The Basecamp Challenges are all included with whichever Adventure you choose and all take less than 30 minutes to complete. These Basecamp Challenges are designed to equip you with the skills you’ll need to move onwards and undertake the more ambitious Adventures on offer. The Basecamp Challenges are as follows:
- Escape Room Break Out – using your brain and the collective skills of your team you’ll enjoy cracking codes and soling puzzles to break out of the Escape Room with your crew.
- Archery Targets – learn about safety, concentration and technique as you focus on the targets in a bid to beat Bear’s score.
- Survival Maze – find your way out of the maze in the dark, trying to keep your cool as the walls close in around you.
- Assault Course – Jump, climb and balance your way through the assault course and beat the clock as you’re faced with tricky ropes and high walls.
Once you’ve completed the Basecamp Challenges, it’s time to move onwards and upwards (in some cases). For those who choose the High Ropes Adventure, there’s a thrilling start that involves sliding from a zip wire on a Chinook helicopter! The course was inspired by the military Tarzan course and is not for the faint of heart. With 36 different challenges over 5 storeys, you’ll need all your strength and balance skills to navigate your way through the course.
Over the course of an hour you’ll be provided with expert instructions and briefing and all safety equipment (including harnesses and helmets) will be provided as part of the package. You don’t necessarily need to have climbing experience, but a “never say die” attitude and a sense of adventure is a must. Adventure ready clothing is recommended (no skirts, hats or scarves) with lace up trainers for safety.
After the exciting helicopter start, you’ll be climbing ladder bridges, crossing snake steps and zig zagging across rolling beams more than 20 metres above the ground on Europe’s highest high ropes course.
The first person to tackle the High Ropes course was TV’s Scott Heffield who acts as a safety advisor for Bear Grylls. Heffield tested the course which he claims is “super scary” and gets more difficult the higher you go.
What a great corporate team building exercise this would be for those who work in the roofing industry – and what a great opportunity to show off your skills when it comes to working at height.