Former estate agent Mark Hawes and former Army captain Nick Cranston hope to lure people away from computer games to Kingston Lacy at Wimborne, where they’re offering a series of challenges and the chance to compete in a national tree-climbing competition.
The tree-climbing events include scaling a 200-year-old 85ft Cedar tree using ropes and harnesses, taking a zip-wire ride and doing a ‘leap of faith’—swinging Tarzan-style between trees.
Participants can be timed doing the challenges and thus compete in a national tree-climbing contest, battling other climbers in a UK-wide league table.
Mr Hawes said: ‘Tree-climbing is fast becoming the next big thing—it’s completely exhilarating, and it’s a great way of spending time outdoors.
‘There’s something pretty amazing about climbing a majestic tree in such beautiful surroundings. The views will be incredible, and the physical experience of climbing, swinging and hurtling down on a zip-wire provide a real adrenaline rush.
‘We hope families and individuals will take us up on the challenge. It’s great for teambuilding and a good incentive to put down the computer games and enjoy a physical challenge in the fresh air.’
The experience is open to everyone and safety helmets and harnesses will be provided. Admission to Kingston Lacy costs £6 for adults and £3 for children, and a climb, zip wire and big leap costs £12.50, or the big leap only is £6. Climbing events take place 10am-4pm on March 30-31 and April 6-7 and 13-14.
For other ideas on making the most of the fresh air, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/freshair
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