Autumn 2003 Event - Report
The sun was shining as the teams started to arrive at Stanage Edge. More than thirty teams had already registered for the event meaning we were expecting well over a hundred Scouts to turn up. That made it the biggest event of the ones organised so far. Both the previous events had gone down very well, but we were determined to pull out all the stops and make this one even better!
Teams quickly registered and were given the usual event briefing. Breaking with tradition, there were even some questions from the floor. Matt had been taking bets the night before on what he should deliberately leave out so it could be picked up by someone in the audience. (Note for next time - think up the most obscure question you can and it'll make him very happy! Though he was quite taken aback by the question about why teams couldn't wear jeans so well done for that one!)
Soon teams were off around Stanage in search of the nine activity bases. The fun of the Apex Challenge is, you know where bases are, but you're never quite sure what you might find when you get there. You can have an educated guess; if it's a rocky cliff then the chances are you might be abseiling or climbing, but then we might just be trying to trick you...!
Certainly no teams imagined they would find a tent in the middle of one of the fields with a televised disco dancing machine inside.
Below's a breakdown of all the main activity bases that were on offer...
A - The Grovel
Squeeze over, under and between rocks and boulders to reach the hidden control point.
B - Dual Ascent
Two team members scale a rocky crag simultaneously to reach the control.
C - Up And Over
Using whatever sticks you are given, construct a wooden ladder to reach the punch swinging high above you.
D - Get Down
The team abseils over a craggy edge to reach the control point at the bottom.
E - Quarry Quandary
Use your skill and ingenuity to guide a marble around wooden course. You'll need a steady hand and a patient mind.
F - Righting The Rung
The punch is high above you and all you've got to reach it is a load of rope. Maybe a ladder's the best idea?!
G - Disco Fever
Put your best feet forward and take the disco dancing challenge - in the middle of a field. Fancy footwork's a must!
H - Fast Lane
Carefully navigate a sit-on lawn-mower round an obstacle course. It's harder than it looks!
Check out the full results from the competition.
Here are just a handful of the comments we got from teams taking part in the event:
"It were good. It were well good." (Wonk Toad)
"I've been to all three events now and this was even better than the others!" (Norton Nemesis)
"Thanks for a great day. Overall it was really good despite what sounds like a hectic day for the team organising." (Warley Warriors)
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Autumn 2019 event
Our muddiest ever event as Apex visited the Ampleforth Estate for the first time.
Autumn 2018 event
A return to Bramham Park after the Apex Challenge took a year's break.
Autumn 2016 event
Three days of adventures and challenges on the Peak District's Eastern Moors.
Spring 2016 event
An unforgettable night-time challenge through the Temple Newsam estate in Leeds.
Autumn 2015 event
The exclusive Harewood House estate welcomes Apex for the first time.
Spring 2015 event
The Apex Challenge returns to Bramham Park in West Yorkshire.
Autumn 2013 event
A military theme at Strensall near York for Apex Special Ops.
Spring 2013 event
Apex returns to Sherwood Pines for a challenge during the night.
Autumn 2012 event
Returning to our first ever location to celebrate our tenth anniversary.
Spring 2012 event
A new location at Bramham Park near Leeds for the first event of 2012.
Autumn 2011 event
A thrilling three days of adventure with the hottest weekend of the year.
Spring 2011 event
The event sells out in record time for a weekend baked in sunshine!
Autumn 2010 event
Brand new activities this year included archery and rifle shooting.
Spring 2010 event
The warmest weather of the year so far for this year's spring challenge.
Autumn 2009 event
Gale force winds add to the excitement on Ilkley Moor.
Spring 2009 event
There were record levels of interest for teams to take part in this event.
Autumn 2008 event
70 teams navigate through Langdale Forest in North Yorkshire.
Spring 2008 event
A new record of 16 activity bases was waiting for our teams.
Autumn 2007 event
Centenary year sees us travel further North than ever to Ilkley Moor.
Autumn 2006 event
First ever three-day Apex sees several new event elements tried out.
Spring 2006 event
Same location but new challenges at Sherwood Pines Forest Park.
Autumn 2005 event
More prizes were given away at this event than ever before.
Spring 2005 event
The overnight event moves to a new location with dense woodland.
Autumn 2004 event
More teams and more activity bases than ever before in Burbage Valley.
Spring 2004 event
Apex Challenge opens up to teams nationwide for the first time.
Autumn 2003 event
Stanage Edge hosted our second daytime challenge event.
Spring 2003 event
Same idea as our first event but this time in the darkness!
Autumn 2002 event
More than 20 teams compete for the honour of being our first winners.