Chris’s crazy stag weekend started with 13 mates all very eager to jump on their mountain bikes and venture off into the woods.They had all had far too much fun the night before, leaving them all like tired teddy bears with horrendous hangovers. However, within 5 minutes of setting off onto the muddy trails the group were completely soaked and covered in mud but started to overcome their fuzzy heads. setting off onto the muddy trails, all wet after 5 minutes, the group powered on getting rid of their fuzzy heads.
The rain continued to fall throughout the day making the tracks sticky…. Surprisingly this only added more fun and excitement amongst the group, especially as they were all thinking of how to get everyone as muddy as possible. I personally choose Mountain biking to be one of my favourite activities. It is a fantastic group activity for anyone willing to try something new or to show of his or her talent. It requires endurance, balance and bike handling skills, but this sport can be for novice riders and very experience riders also. Creating different obstacles throughout the day for the whole group to get stuck into. Some particular sections tested the group’s skills, giving them a bit of a challenge. The sections were achievable for everyone and were all very exciting. I could see they were all enjoying themselves immensely, after having to catch up with a few of them. I was also very impressed with only having to stop a few times with the odd member having to re-compose and take a few deep breaths, as I think the mention of a Pint was not the best thing to have been spoken of (this turned out to be quite entertaining). The group worked really well together and didn’t even seem as though they had been partying the night before.By the time we got back to the car park, after the group had raced 100 MPH down the tracks we all finished on a high. Today was an excellent example of how a large group can have such a great experience, encouraging each other on different sections and all completing everything with flying colours. Definitely, one of my best days out Mountain biking.
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Activities – Gorge Walking Climbing & Abseiling
On arrival at Dinas Rock, the car park was empty and very peaceful, the sun was just creeping over the tree tops and wagtail birds were bouncing around the cracks of the rocks looking for breakfast…Unlike me that passed MC Donald’s en route and had made a little detour. Nick Meers a local photographer from Hereford had come along for the day and as he got out the vehicle, I noticed his pupils dilate as the inspiration instantly started firing up. I got the feeling he was going to take better pictures than the usual photos I capture from time to time when I remember to take my camera with me! By 9:30am the car park had become quite vibrant as other groups started to arrive with excited people ready to take on their activities.
After setting up for the mornings climbing & abseiling session I headed down to the Angel Inn car park to meet the group. Unlike most Saturday mornings when I usually have twenty guys on a stag weekend to contend with, on this occasion I was graced with five beautiful young ladies from South Wales on a team building event. By the time I got back to our activity site, there must have been one hundred people divided between seven or eight groups. It was worth getting in early and having the best pick of climbs and area to operate from, which made everything much better for our group. I had our climbs / abseil set up by 9am and a coffee in hand just before anyone else arrived. The rock face was a little wet to start with but dried quickly and was fine by the time the group were ready to start.
After kitting up the group we cracked on with an introduction to climbing session. Some of the group had climbed before but it acted as a good refresher / warm up for them and was really good for the novices. I always like running things in this order, during the introduction to Rock Climbing you can teach the group how to get into a good seated position for abseiling, while they are being lowered after each climb and the whole session acts as a great warm up for Gorge Walking / Scrambling in the afternoon. On cold days like this was, it’s always a bonus to keep everyone dry and warm for the first part before they head into the gorge, then after the activity has finished they can get changed and head straight to the pub for tea and medals!!
With only five members in the group, we got through our introduction quite quickly and ascended to the top of the abseil. Luckily everyone had small bums, so we just about got away with sitting at the top together. If there was anymore, (Or big bottoms in the group) we would of had to split up. Everyone completed the abseil, which was great and they genuinely seemed pleased with their achievements. While I dropped the ropes and packed away our climbing gear, the group had a short break and continued to get to know each other. As the group finished their lunch, we had a good chat about choosing the best wetsuit. Color seemed to be more important than size on this occasion! By the time we were ready to enter the gorge, there wasn’t a single person in sight. Everyone got the usual “cold shock factor”, as they hit the water for the first time and I was amazed that none of the girls makeup ran one bit. Their max-factor seemed more waterproof than my dry-bag, VERY impressed as was Nick the photographer! The girls worked really well together and came across like they had all been friends for years.
By the time we got to the Gun Powder Works it was easy to see the girls were ready to finish on a high. A couple of the girls were a bit apprehensive at first and really took themselves out of their comfort zones while the others absolutely smashed the big jump at Loonies Leap. They then ran back to the top to encourage their new friends to throw themselves off as well! Very well done from a very impressed instructor!
Loads more photos of our Pageant Ladies Team Building Day – South Wales can be found on our Facebook page
Here at The Ultimate Activity Company we have kicked off our season with a Splash on a beautiful day down on the Pembrokeshire coast. 10 adventurous individuals joined us for a day of swimming, jumping and climbing, taking part in the awesome activity of coasteering in St David’s!!
Coasteering is one of the most adventurous and exciting activities available in the UK and the fact that it is easy accessible to almost anyone, no matter what your level of fitness or sporting prowess may be (within reason of course!!) makes it the ideal group activity.
The lucky guys enjoying the clear blue skies and crystal waters this week were out to celebrate Oliver’s last few weeks of freedom on an Ultimate stag do! The day started with Oliver (AKA Superman!!) leading the way with a leap of faith into, what we now know to be “EXTREMELY COLD WATER”!! From there on the day only got better with all members of the team pushing themselves to their own personal limits in pursuit of the biggest and best jump they could muster!!
Check out more awesome photos on our Facebook page and also keep your eyes open for the up going video of the day on the Ultimate Activity Company Youtube channel.
For more information on Coasteering or to start planning your adventure check out The Ultimate Coasteering Page or contact us 01432 264807
We started spring with the UK’s third warmest March since records began, then we had April which was the coldest for 23 years. According to the Met Office, April 2012 was also the wettest on record since 1910, with the UK receiving an average 126.5mm of rain.
April’s rain left rivers bulging at the seams, despite continuing drought warnings. Many canoeing and kayaking ventures had to be postponed.
Just a few weeks later and we are in the midst of a heatwave!
But the craziness doesn’t end with the weather, check out these canoe and kayak stories from this week’s news.
Over the last couple of years, our Ultimate team have been working with Marriott Hotels to design and deliver a new type of “Wellness” Activity Program, which includes a range of gym sessions from spinning to circuits that also includes outdoor adventure activities such as canoeing and mountain biking.
After working with a number of boot camp fitness companies for the last five years, I’ve come to realise that most participants find it impossible to sustain nearly all aspects of fitness boot camp programs. Weather it’s cutting out caffeine or keeping up the same kind of fitness regime. When I talk to returning clients each year it’s like listening to a scratched record. “I don’t have the time”, “I don’t like my local gym”, “I hate running on a machine” the list goes on.. Excuses aside the biggest problem to me seems to be more related to lifestyle and sustainability. If you ask most people on boot camps what they are there for the common answer is to loose weight for one reason or another. When in fact they should really be there to change their lifestyle or more importantly “the habits within their life”.
Have you got any awesome video clips?
We are looking for some great videos to feature on our YouTube channel. Do you have cool clips? Maybe it’s something funny, some misadventure, a bike or skateboard trick gone wrong. Maybe it’s something gone right, catching an awesome wave or scaling a rock face. Whatever action shots you’ve managed to capture, we would love to see them and maybe feature them on our channel.
Well, at last, here we are!
We have been trying to get this blog up and running for a while now and it is finally ready to launch. As you may know, we have been posting news about our activities and events through twitter and facebook for a while now. But we wanted to have a proper Ultimate Blog so that we could tell you about loads of exciting things that are going on. We also hope to bring you interviews and exclusives from outdoor adventures and adventurers, outdoor kit and equipment reviews and tips, great locations for activities and sports… loads of great stuff.