Once we had completed the first course once we decided to try out the second one. As soon as we reached the top of the staircase I could see that this side of the course was a little bit higher, not as many bits to hold on too and more challenging crossings.
I didn’t say anything and the two younger ones tentatively crossed the first few, but when we arrived at the ‘tightrope’ with the overhead swinging ropes, my seven year old niece got complete stage fright.
I was a bit unsure what on earth I could do to help, aside from cuddles and encouragement, as we were on a continuous belay (ie – no way of unhooking from the top wires) and we were about 12ft up!
Luckily one of the Go Ape team noticed our predicament and shouted that they were on their way up. Our real life knight in shining armour was up to offer reassurance within a couple of minutes and guide us across, holding hands and steadying the ropes, until we reached a platform that we could unhook from and descend via the stairs.
Once that minor disaster was averted, we went back over to the initial course leaving my older niece to stay on the higher side – which she whizzed around without a care in the world, not a shaky leg in sight!