Go Ape Treetop Adventure opens this weekend in NMB

DSC_0206North Myrtle Beach is the latest home to the Go Ape franchise, and will have its Grand Opening on Saturday.

The 40-obstacle, treetop ropes course allows adventurers the opportunity to zip line across five areas, Tarzan swing into cargo netting, and balance upon suspended cables and logs.

The course begins slow and ramps up intensity through five sites that end with a long zip line across the lake that sits parallel to Hwy 31 at the south east corner of the new North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex.

“Go Ape began in the UK in 2002 and there are currently 22 states in the UK. It was brought over to the United States in 2010. This is the seventh site,” said deputy manager Carmen Sanders. “There’s the Tibetan bridge, the magic carpet, the zig zag crossing, the Tarzan swing, the jungle crossing, and we have the spiders web.”

The course begins with a detailed training course before allowing participants to venture out on their own. As the adventure increases in DSC_0186intensity, options are provided to choose between difficult or extreme challenges.

Each series of challenges brings a payoff for completion, “It’s a challenging experience, but the zip line is a reward for making it through.” As the course takes you higher into the tree top canopy, the zip lines increase in length as well with a 600 foot line and 900 foot line ending the final two sections. The entire course spans over 6 acres and 2,440 feet of zip lines.

Participants must be at least 10 years old, four foot seven in height and weigh under 285 pounds.

Although the adventure is set high in the treetops, it feels safe. When asked about injuries, Sanders said, “We might give a band aid out here and there, but nothing serious.”

The adventure company, Go Ape USA is based out of Frederick, Maryland and discovered North Myrtle Beach after a simple phone call.  “North Myrtle Beach parks and recreation reached out to us,” said partner Chris Swallow.  “Once we visited, we were totally sold. This is one of the best parks that we’ve seen. Not only is the park fantastic but the partnership with North Myrtle Beach has been really great too.”

The adventure takes two to three hours to complete and costs $55 for adults 18 and up. Kids 10-17 years old are $35. They recommend that you make a reservation online at goape.com.

“It’s good for adventurers, but also for people just trying to test their limits,” said Swallow.

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