Spring 2010 Event - Report
So another event is over and what a weekend it was. We had more teams than ever before, all taking part in a spectacular competition at Sherwood Pines Forest Park.
Teams arrived on what turned out to be the hottest day of the year so far - putting up their tents in the sunshine as they prepared for the event. Routes were being planned and strategies compiled as more than 300 Explorers and Network members prepared for this unique competition.
Then at 8 O'clock they were off. Six hours of gathering points in the darkness. Challenges included our longest ever inflatable assault course, moonlit mountain biking, dramatic bridge climbs and a return of the infamous Delve of Doom.
By the time teams started returning tiredness was kicking in but still teams showed great skills, determination and teamwork as they tried to get those crucial last-minute points.
Back in the marquee teams saw their routes instantly appear on the big screen as they settled in to see how their performace compared to all the others. Teams who were challenging each other, now meeting up and sharing stories about their night in the forest.
Then as morning broke, it was time to find out how everyone had done.
The winners left with the big prizes - but everyone was heading home
from the forest with great memories from the Apex Overnight Challenge.
Many said they were already planning their strategies for October!
Here's a look at the main activity bases we had on offer throughout the night...
A: BAND HERO
Would your team make it into Glee Club? Just how are your musical skills? This base needed skills on drums, guitar and singing in order for you to make the grade.
B: ON THE ROPES
This adventure case felt a lot more exposed than usual when you were plunged into darkness. Teamwork was critical to succeed.
C: DELVE OF DOOM
Approaching this base you could hear the screams for miles! Did you have the nerve to uncover the mysterious and grotesque objects from the buckets of doom?
It was a tangled mess your team had to get out of. Could you successfully undo the knot to get to the crucial punch?
E: MEGA ASSAULT
It was our longest ever Apex inflatable assault course but things got much more tricky when your team had to stay attached while heading through it. Described by one Explorer as "A right good giggle!"
It was a case of following the rope through the trees, under branches and around the forest obstacles to find the punch hidden deep in the undergrowth.
G: TERROR ISLAND
With water everywhere this was your greatest chance of getting a soaking. This base tested your team's plumbing skills to move the water fast enough to gain access to the punch on Terror Island.
A mini golf ball rollercoaster which your team had to control. It took some sense and logic though to make sure your balls didn't drop the wrong way!
J: THE CLIMB
With the crucial control hanging high above you, the only way to get to it was up the wobbly metal ladder. With it twisting with every step, did you have the nerve to reach the top?
K: BLOOD, SWEAT & GEARS
Mountain biking - Apex style! This was a tough graded course in the woods with the added extreme hazard of almost zero visibility. It needed a strong sense of balance to stay on course.
L: TOTALLY GUTTERED
Another base to test your teamworking skills. Could you successfully organise yourselves to get the water balloons rolling the right way down your guttering course.
M: GIANT LOGIC
Waking up your brain cells in the middle of the woods! Could you work out the puzzles before the time ran out?
N: QUACK CASTLE
Where else would you get a bouncy castle challenge complete with rubber ducks?! It was a case of controling the bounce and looking after the little creatures to gain your 50 points.
P: BLACK BOX
A helicopter has crashed under that bridge and only you can help. Did your team manage to recover the crucial black box despite all the hazards.
Q: STRINGS ATTACHED
A course through the woods, but where would it lead? Your team needed very close cooperation at this one to get to the 50 point reward.
R: FLYING SAUCERS
These glowing disks in the sky probably got Nottinghamshire's secret
service baffled. In this X-files-style base, you had to take control
of the flying saucers to succeed.
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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
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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.