Spring 2016 event - Report
With the muddiest tunnel in Apex history, a dozen tough challenges and a brand new area – our 25th Apex Challenge event proved once again to be an unforgettable weekend.
Hundreds of keen adventurers joined us at Temple Newsam for this overnight adventure challenge where the icy night, and sunny morning proved a great backdrop for the event.
Whether the teams were groveling through the adventure caving bus, testing their target skills at the archery, or pushing their team bonding to the limit at the skill games, the teams all took part with impressive teamwork and positivity.
But it wasn’t just about the activities – teams were also hunting for the escaped giant owl, while trying to hide from our teams of highly skilled chasers who were desperate to track the competitors down and steal points away.
By the time the sun rose on Sunday morning, hundreds of tired pairs of feet were emerging from tents into the Leeds sunshine, and soon the automated results presentation was swinging into action.
Whether teams were leaving with an armful of prizes, or just a weekend full of memories – it was another great adventure, provided by one of the best teams going. Huge thanks to the ever-growing team of volunteers who made it happen. It’s an honour to be p[art of such an amazing team.
Here’s the full line-up of activities that were running right through the night:
A: CAVE BUS
Groveling through the network of tunnels to find the punch.
Get into full American Football action to test your skills on and off the ball.
C: DEEP IN THE WOODS
A tough challenge in the most remote part of the playing area. Did you team have the skills to fire those balls straight to the targets?
D: CHILD'S PLAY
An adventure version of a kid’s playground – where tactics and a steady hand were as important as physical ability.
E: PLUMBING NEW DEPTHS
That network of pipes needed skill to plumb correctly – and only when enough water was in the system could the punch be released.
F: ON TARGET
Always one of our most popular activities where you unleash your inner Robin Hood at this archery challenge.
Racing down the hill in a grass sledge is only the start. You needed a great aim to pop the balloons to get full points.
H: ELEKTRO SHOCKER!
How steady is your hand? This giant-sized electric game needed teamwork and a clear head to succeed.
J: ULTIMATE TRAIL
The muddiest of all our obstacles. The trail took you through tunnels, over neds and up a near vertical muddy bank before leading you to the crucial 50 points.
K: ON TRACK
The furthest activity base was worth the walk – with a tough challenge involving unexploded bombs, and unexpected bangs.
It needed nerves of steel and a steady hand to make sure your rifle shots hit their target for full marks.
Giant bowling – Apex style. Did your team manage to knock them all over in the allotted time to strike your way to 50 points?
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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.