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Spring 2003 Event - Report

All six prizes in the first Apex Overnight Challenge went to South Yorkshire teams. The county dominated the event for the second year in succession.

It was last year's third placed team, the 'No Hopers' from Hillsborough, who won the Explorer Competition with an impressive 520 points. 'Mooooose', from Sheffield's Woodseats Unit, came top of the Network Competition with 645 points. Both winning teams managed to visit eight of the ten main activity bases.

Taking in teams from both the Network and Explorer age groups all across Central, South and West Yorkshire, the Apex Overnight Challenge 2003 was held in Wharncliffe Woods just outside Sheffield.

There were plenty of familiar faces from Scout groups who'd taken part in the first event the previous September, but also many new entrants who were trying out the Apex Challenge for the first time.

After registering the teams started putting up their tents on what was admittedly a fairly overgrown and uneven campsite! For most this was a fairly straightforward task, though some teams were left wondering whether their canvas would still be standing by the morning. Final details on how the event would work were given to the teams just ahead of the staggered start. And then it was off into the woods to collect as many Apex points as possible. Many of the entrants had used their free time before setting off to come up with very impressive detailed plans of the route they wanted to take to get the most points. Whether they'd stick to them was another matter.

The event was much larger than the first one. There were ten main activity bases...

A - Reflector Collector:

Teams guided a blind-folded member through a pitch black maze to collect silver disks - but the only light they had - was on the head of the 'blind' player.

B - Tight Squeeze:

Over, round and under boulders on the craggy edge. Teams had to follow a course of glow sticks through some very tight squeezes to win the points.

C - Going Up:

Competitors had to climb a suspended rope using pulleys and guided knots to reach the punch suspended more than twenty feet above the ground.

D - Balloon Boat:

A game of skill and judgement. A radio controlled boat had to be manoeuvred around a pond to gather balloons and then pop five of them against a spike.

E - Colour-blind:

A mental challenge to make your brain ache. Find the correct sequence of coloured shapes - but with each person having only some information, good communication was critical.

F - Arachnophobia:

The team had to work together to get every member through a giant spider's web - but if any of the glow sticks moved - it was back to the start for everyone.

G - Human Grab:

A life-size version of the popular seaside game. One player was suspended by ropes above a huge bog, moved into position by their team-mates before being lowered to grab the punch.

H - Super Tube:

A ball had to be floated out of a tube by pouring in water from the nearby pond - but with more holes than the teams had fingers it took some ingenuity to get the ball right to the top. Wet and very messy.

J - Tunnel Vision:

It was a case of crawling, shuffling and grovelling as team members tried various keys to unlock the punch at the end of a 40ft tunnel.

K - Mower Motors:

It was just like the Monaco Grand Prix as everyone got a chance to ride a sit-on lawnmower around a course. With limbo bars, a slalom section and a sprint finish, it took great skill to get the points.

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Autumn 2015 event.

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Autumn 2012 event.

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Returning to our first ever location to celebrate our tenth anniversary.

Spring 2012 event.

Spring 2012 event

A new location at Bramham Park near Leeds for the first event of 2012.

Autumn 2011 event.

Autumn 2011 event

A thrilling three days of adventure with the hottest weekend of the year.

Spring 2011 event.

Spring 2011 event

The event sells out in record time for a weekend baked in sunshine!

Autumn 2010 event.

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Brand new activities this year included archery and rifle shooting.

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Spring 2009 event

There were record levels of interest for teams to take part in this event.

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Autumn 2008 event

70 teams navigate through Langdale Forest in North Yorkshire.

Spring 2008 event.

Spring 2008 event

A new record of 16 activity bases was waiting for our teams.

Autumn 2007 event.

Autumn 2007 event

Centenary year sees us travel further North than ever to Ilkley Moor.

Autumn 2006 event.

Autumn 2006 event

First ever three-day Apex sees several new event elements tried out.

Spring 2006 event.

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Same location but new challenges at Sherwood Pines Forest Park.

Autumn 2005 event.

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More prizes were given away at this event than ever before.

Spring 2005 event.

Spring 2005 event

The overnight event moves to a new location with dense woodland.

Autumn 2004 event.

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More teams and more activity bases than ever before in Burbage Valley.

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Apex Challenge opens up to teams nationwide for the first time.

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