Autumn 2016 event - Report
Well what a weekend that was! With a stunning new area and a host of new and challenging activities, this Autumn’s Apex Challenge was one of the toughest and most successful ever. Here’s how the weekend panned out...
Friday - Apex Intense
The event began with a challenging sprint version of the main event. With just 70 minutes to hunt down 15 well-hidden control points strewn over the moor in the pitch darkness, it took great navigation skills, determination and endurance to succeed. But teams weren’t alone - there were an army of highly trained Apex Chases out to hunt teams down and take their points away. As teams returned, it became clear some were in line for great things as the rest of the weekend got underway.
Saturday - The Main Event
With six hours to visit as many points as they can, teams needed a great strategy to succeed. Activities ranged from kayaking across an open lake, to scaling a sheer rock face and hurling axes - so teams needed to be adaptable to make the most of what was on offer. But time was ticking and it was those who used clever route planning with endurance and determination who came out on top.
Saturday Night Live
As teams gathered at Event Centre, the results so far were revealed. It was also becoming clear what was laying ahead on Sunday. But before all that it was Saturday Night Live. Competitors danced into the night with the fantastic Boon Dogs playing live on stage. They later said the Apex crowd had provided them with one of their most memorable gigs ever!
Sunday - Adventure Race
This year brought us the toughest ever Apex Adventure Race. The 5.2km course took in open moorland, rocky edges and thick forest - but dotted along the route were also more than a dozen new obstacles. From crawls under ‘barbed’ wire to slides down firemen’s poles, tough mazes and wobbling bridges this tested the endurance of event the fittest competitors.
All in all it was once again a fantastic weekend in a stunning location. We can’t wait to see you all again next year.
Here’s what could be found at each of the bases on Saturday.
A - Free Points
If you made it right to the top of the playing area you were in for a nice surprise. A totally free set of points - simply for tuning up. Result!
B - Enigma
At this woodland base you faced three tough brain-stretching challenges in order to give you the code to unlock those points.
C - Chopstick Challenge
The giant chopsticks took great skill, agility and teamwork if you were to complete all the challenges. With balls, hoops, and wobbling logs in your path, did you have the dexterity to succeed?
D - Taskmaster
Based on the TV programme, you faced a series of challenges in this wooded ravine. With water, ropes and fiendishly hard mental challenges it took great skill to gain access to the crucial 50 points.
E - Towers of Hanoi
It’s an ancient challenge, scaled up for Apex. Those concentric rings needed to be rearranged, but could your team find the way to do it before the timer ran out?
F - It’s the Climb
No trip to Frogatt Edge would be complete without a challenging rock climb. It took a great deal of jamming, bridging and crimping to make your way up to the top.
G - Canoe get across?
It was time to take to the water to retrieve those balls from the water. But it needed all your teammates to join you or the challenge intensified. Few made it back without a bit of a soaking - some ended up completely in the drink.
H - Supersledge
An Apex classic on a massive hill. Everyone loves a good grass sledging challenge and this was a stunning location to take to the slopes.
J - Go-Ape(x)
High in the trees you had to scale the wobbling rope bridge while passing crucial clues to your teammates. But this needed strength, agility and a strong head for heights.
K - Bullseye
With only a limited number of arrows and four balloons to pop, your team needed true focus and a steady hand to hit the bullseye at this archery challenge.
L - Boulder Dash
Bouldering is one of Britain’s fastest growing sports and this was your chance to become a rock star. Following the route across the boulders required strength and dexterity to get the 50 points.
M - Mad Axe Man
A brand new activity for this year’s Apex Challenge. This was a chance to reach for your inner cave man as you hurled the axes at the targets. Could you make yours stick?
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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.