Autumn 2018 event - Report
Congratulations to all the teams who made it through the Apex Challenge weekend. With a stunning area, a host of new and challenging activities and some pretty intense weather, this Autumn’s Apex Challenge was one of the toughest and most successful ever.
Here’s how the weekend panned out...
Friday - Apex Intense
With the rain pouring, the event began with a challenging sprint version of the main event. With just 70 minutes to hunt down 15 well-hidden control points strewn over the Bramham Park estate in the pitch darkness, it took great navigation skills, determination and endurance to succeed.
And teams weren’t alone. There was an army of highly trained Apex Chasers out to hunt teams down and take their points away. As teams returned, soaked and exhausted, the marquee was plunged into red light whenever a team returned which had been chased and caught.
But it soon became clear some were in line for great things as the rest of the weekend got underway.
Saturday - The Main Event
With six hours to collect as many points as possible, teams needed a great strategy to succeed. Activities ranged from kayaking across an open lake, to mountain biking down sheer slopes and hurling axes - so teams needed to be adaptable to make the most of what was on offer.
And all the time, seconds were ticking away and it was those who used clever route planning with endurance and determination who came out on top. The rare giant Apex parrot was out throughout the event - and 59 teams managed to track him down to secure the substantial 75 point reward.
Saturday Night Live
As teams gathered at Event Centre, they got the latest scores at the results update. It was also becoming clear what was laying ahead on Sunday. But before all that it was Saturday Night Live. Competitors danced into the night to the sounds of "The Epics" playing a fantastic live set on stage. Neon face paint and wild dancing followed to make it an unforgettable night.
Sunday - Adventure Race
This year brought us the toughest ever Apex Adventure Race. The 5km course took in woodland tracks, steep slopes, boggy swamps and thick forest - but dotted along the route were more than a dozen new obstacles. From crawls under ‘barbed’ wire to wet river crossings, water sprays and intense muddy crawls this tested the endurance of event the fittest competitors.
All in all it was once again a fantastic weekend in a stunning location.
Here’s what could be found at each of the bases on Saturday. Be sure to also check out the full results including the leaderboard sorted by teams' gender, the facts and figures, team simulation, and more than a thousand photos from the event.
A: The Great Lake
All your team had to take to the water in a kayak to reach the box at the far side of the great lake. But not everyone made it out without an impromptu soaking!
A tough assault course made even trickier by teams having their own personal log to carry around. It needed teamwork and lateral thinking to make the best progress across the obstacles.
C: On The Ropes
A wobbling, precarious low ropes course where teams had to work together to make it across the whole course in this mysterious quarry.
D: Mud, Sweat and Gears
A tough mountain biking challenge where only the select few could make it up that initial hill unaided. But the reward was a fast downhill stretch through the woods - and the much sought-after 50 points.
E: Going Underground
Strange name for a base that involved carrying cups of water while blindfolded over a tricky course! But when the cave bus became unavailable, these base organisers had to think on their feet and came up with a great, daft game to keep teams entertained and keep the Apex show on the road!
F: Hole In One
Free points for everyone!
An Apex classic which proved popular throughout the day. Did you have the balance and skill to pop those balloons while careering down the slope in your sledge?
H: Where's Tha Wheelie Bin?
A new base for Apex where wheelie bin racing was the order of the day. With novelty helmets and your choice of ‘vehicle’ teams took to the demanding course to secure their points.
A tough challenge where communicating and working as a team were critical to get the 50 points.
Going round and round in circles? A logic puzzle where memory and teamwork combined to find the fastest route to your virtual destination.
L: Live Streaming
It’s just ones and zeros - but the task was intense at this binary challenge. Did your team have the digital skills to unpick the code?
M: Mad Axe Men
Who doesn’t like throwing an axe?! A great test of agility and accuracy as your axes started embedding themselves in their targets in this medieval throwback event.
N: Playing Chicken
Why did the chicken cross the track? To get the 50 points... With the usual blend of obstacles, skill challenges and madness from our friends in Otley - this base proved a massive challenge to an never-ending stream of teams.
P: Temple Of Doom
It took great communication skills to be able to describe the instructions so your teammates could build the lego temple. Not as easy as it might seem!
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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
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.