Autumn 2009 Event - Report
This was truly the most extreme of all
Apex Extremes! Not only did teams have to battle a relentless
series of tough challenges, but also some of the most horrendous weather
The wind which teams fought through on Saturday was gusting at more than 30 miles an hour. Then when the rain came, it took great determination and a real sense of adventure to continue. But through it all our competitors attacked the challenges with fantastic teamwork and positivity.
As teams arried at Event Centre on Friday night, the wind was already picking up. The Apex Intense provided a dramatic start to the weekend, with 90 minutes to gather and bank as many points as possible while avoiding the energetic Apex Chasers.
Through the night the winds had developed into an impressive gale. Some tents resembled little more than bizarre abstract canvas shapes by the morning, but still it was all smiles as teams tucked into the Apex breakfasts.
Then it was time to take on the worst weather in Apex history on the world-famous Ilkley Moor. The rain poured and the wind blew with incredible force as more than 280 Explorers and Network members travelled between activities as diverse as rock climbing, water slides and even land canoeing. 14 taxing challenges tested teams to breaking point.
Meanwhile the Apex team were facing their own challenges. When the wind brought down the power lines on Saturday morning, it plunged the entire site into darkness. But thanks to some fantastic ingenuity, our very own Apex Power Station was built so the show could go on!
Everyone was back at event centre by early evening to enjoy the Apex Superclub entertainment well into the night.
Sunday brought two amazing event venues. The Wet Activity Zone at Reva reservoir offered opportunities to sail, row, run, throw and bounce while gathering those crucial Apex points. Then it was time to take on the event's biggest, highest and toughest ever assault course. A dramatic finale to a challenging and unforgettable Apex weekend!
Here's a look at the main activity bases we had on offer in Saturday's main event...
A - THE ASCENT
The only way to reach the punch was to take on the daunting cliff face at this demanding rock climbing challenge. It was a struggle to cope with the wind and rain for some teams.
B - DOWN AND OUT
When the punch was only just visible at the bottom of those tower cliffs, it took nerves of steel to tackle this lengthy, and slimy abseil down the sheer face.
C - DROWNING DUCKS
The poor little ducks were struggling to move, so your team needed to transport them across the course before the water ran out.
D - DRY SLOPE KAYAKING
It was rapid canoeing, without the water! Teams needed coordination to canoe around the course without capsizing for the chance of getting an extra 50 points?
E - TWELVE APOSTLES
The most atmospheric place on the moor was the perfect setting for this unusual challenge.
F - DAM-AGE
It was a case of getting down and dirty at this watery assault course that demanded a grand slide down the hill side.
G - G-FORCE
Another challenging fifteen minutes at this waterside location. No-one stays dry at the Apex Extreme!
H - FACEPAINT
A chance to show your artistic side at this bizarre challenge. But when your friend’s face is the blank canvas, teams didn't always find it easy to make the design turn out as intended.
J - ACID MARSH OF DOOM
It took coordination and intense teamwork to move the objects out of the acid marsh.
K - WHEELY WET
A bouncy course made all the more tricky by some wobbly wheelbarrows and a lot of water!
L - CRAZY CAMP
So are Scouts really the best at pitching tents? Well it needed a lot of skill when faced with the added challenge of the gale force winds at this moorland base.
M - LOCK OUT
The punch is securely locked away and it needed a team who didn’t mind getting a bit dirty to find the crucial code to unlock it.
N - TILE PILE
One to test every part of your brain. Teams needed to work out the right sequence to construct the Apex tiles.
P - MEGASLIDE
Sadly the wind got the better of our biggest ever zip line, so instead it took great skill to fire those giant catapults through the quarry.
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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.