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Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Changeable forecast for Apex Extreme


The first five-day weather forecast covering this weekend's Apex Extreme is now available and it's predicting a changeable few days.

In the run up to the event starting on Friday it's expected the area will be mainly cloudy with some showers around. Rain is then forecast overnight, spreading in from the West but those showers will get lighter as we move through the day on Saturday. Expect it to be quite windy at times though with the occasional longer spell of rain. It will feel relatively mild for this time of year during the day with temperatures hovering around 13C but at night they will dip to as little as 6C.

Any rain will then die away leaving Sunday brighter with a good deal of sunshine and similar
temperatures of around 12C.

For the latest forecast check out the Met Office pages covering West Yorkshire or alternatively the box below will update with the latest forecast from the BBC Weather Centre covering Bradford.

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Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Apex Intense returns for second year



We're pleased to announce that one of the most popular parts of last year's Apex Extreme is returning for a second year. Teams will compete on Friday evening in the Apex Intense to kick start their points total for the weekend.

The game is based on the traditional Apex Challenge format of navigating around a set of controls to gather points, but with the added twist of trying to find your way through the darkness, while avoiding the Apex Chasers who are trying to steal your points.

Any that teams collect can be banked during the course of the event, meaning the competition's curtain-raiser turns into a race against the clock and a race against the other teams taking part. There's no theoretical limit to how many points you can gather, so it's a great way to get a head start, right at the beginning of the weekend!

The whole event can be exhausting as the picture above proves. This was, without doubt, the team member who threw herself into this part of the event more than any other - sprinting repeatedly back and forth!

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Monday, 28 September 2009

Chefs cook up new Apex menu


The Apex Challenge catering team have been busy cooking up a brand new menu for this weekend's Apex Extreme. In the past teams have given us plenty of feedback on what sort of food they'd like to keep up their energy and how much of it they need after a busy weekend of activities, so we're spending more money than ever on this year's menu.

On Friday evening there'll be snacks of soup and pizza available, just the thing after a long journey to the event location. Saturday night's menu will include a choice of pork steaks or chicken with a vegetarian option available for those who have requested it with desert including a delicious fruit pie.

There'll be a hearty breakfast available on both days and Sunday's buffet lunch will this year include a new selection of savoury snacks including quiche, sandwiches and samosas.

Don't forget though, even with all these tasty food included in your team's entry fee, it's still a good idea to bring your own extra snacks for when you're out competing in the activities as well. Remember you also need to bring your own packed lunch for Saturday. Join the Adventure!

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Sunday, 27 September 2009

Army plans biggest Apex assault course


The army is putting the finishing touches to what promises to be the biggest, toughest and most exciting Apex Challenge assault course yet. It will be the centrepiece of Sunday's activities, playing the part of the Grand Finale to this weekend's event.

For the past two years we've enjoyed having the army as a part of our weekend's challenges and they've always managed to get teams to dig deep for their last reserves of speed and agility on their energy-sapping assault course - but this year's promises to be even tougher.

If you think Saturday's activity bases are enough to leave you exhausted, just wait till you've been put through your paces on Sunday's Final Assault. Can you take the pressure? Find out at this weekend's Apex Extreme!

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Saturday, 26 September 2009

Apex on the Plinth!

Apex t-shirts are worn all over the place and now one has been shown off to a worldwide audience on the famous Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square.

Michael Collins, an Assistant Beaver Scout Leader from Hampshire, wore an exclusive 2009 Apex T-shirt while raising awareness about how the proposed Rain Tax may affect Scout groups.

During his hour on Antony Gormley's living art project, Michael pitched a tent, displayed posters and told the crowd about his pride in Scouting. He spoke of how new arrangments to collect water charges could cause serious problems for Scout groups.

Then for the final twenty minutes, he swapped his Scout uniform for the distinctive lime green Apex top, telling the crowd about the competition.

Our thanks to Michael for spreading the Apex word to the world!

See him in action here - http://www.oneandother.co.uk/participants/Michael_C_4
Apex T-shirt from 43 mins.


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Saturday, 19 September 2009

Apex Extreme now full


The 2009 Apex Extreme is now full. 70 teams have confirmed their places by sending in cheques to cover their entry fees and any t-shirts they have pre-ordered. No new entries can now be accepted.

If your team is listed on the Confirmed Team List then it means your place in the event is secure and we look forward to welcoming you at the event on Ilkley Moor on Friday 2nd October. In the mean-time you may wish to check the rest of the event pages for things like directions, consent forms and the kit list.

Unfortunately any teams which still remain on the Provisional Team List will not be able to take part in the event. If you have already sent us your cheque then we will be in touch with you to explain the situation and can either destroy the cheque or return it to you.

We're sorry to any teams who are disappointed that they cannot take part but it's important we stick to the event's limits and we will be unable to accept any requests for teams whose cheques did not arrive with us quickly enough. Should any teams on the Confirmed Team List withdraw from the event we will get in touch with teams from the Provisional Team List in the order in which they entered the competition to offer them the place instead.

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Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Consent form finalised and published


The consent form for the 2009 Apex Extreme has now been finalised and is available online to download. It is essential that each Scout taking part in the competition brings a completed form to the start of the event. Those without one will not be able to participate.

This year's form has been completely redesigned and is now spread across two pages due to extra requirements from the Army team who will be running an assault course that forms part of Sunday's activities. Please ensure that both pages of your consent form are stapled together.

If you had already downloaded one of the old-style single sheet consent forms, please discard it, as this will not satisfy the requirements of the competition.

Those Scouts who are taking part in the event and are over 18 and from the Scout Network DO still need to complete a consent form. In their case they can complete the form and sign it themselves.

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Sunday, 13 September 2009

Apex hitting the right notes


There are only three weeks left to this year's Apex Extreme and we're busy with final preparations for the event. One of the things we're looking at is the playlist for all the music you'll hear during the weekend and we could do with your help.

We've already found plenty of great songs to include but we'd like your ideas as well. Why not add a comment to this blog post with details of anything you'd like to hear played. Tell us your team name as well so we know who has requested what. If you prefer you can also email us your suggestions through our Contact Us page by selecting "Music request" on the category.

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Thursday, 10 September 2009

Race starts to get Apex cheques in


The race has now started for teams that have registered for this year's Apex Extreme to get their cheques in to us to confirm their places. We now have more entries than the event can accommodate. It means not all the teams currently on the provisional team list will get a place in the competition. The maximum number which can take part is 70.

If you have not already registered to take part in the event which is taking place on the weekend of 2nd - 4th October on Ilkley Moor there is still time, but you need to be quick! Register through our online entry form and post your cheque to us straight away to cover your entry fee and any t-shirts you have ordered.

If you have already registered your team online but haven't yet paid for your place it is essential you post your cheque to us as soon as possible. Until we receive your cheque there is no other way you can confirm your team's entry. Your team's details will then appear on the confirmed team list. We're sorry but we can't reserve any places for teams as it is unfair on those others who wish to take part.

Once we have cheques to cover 70 teams the online entry form will be closed and no further registrations or cheques will be accepted. Any cheques received after that date can be either destroyed or returned.

Don't delay - Join the Adventure!

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Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Bear Grylls invited to Apex Extreme


He's only been the country's new Chief Scout for a matter of weeks but we think the best way for Bear Grylls to see Explorer and Network Scout events at their best would be to join us for this year's Apex Extreme. That's why we've writted to invite him to our forthcoming event being held on the weekend of 2nd - 4th October on Ilkley Moor.

The Apex Challenge has become renowned across the country for being a tough contest packed with activities and challenges designed to test those taking part to the limit. It's so popular we get teams travelling from right across the country and now we're hoping Bear Grylls will be able to see for himself what they achieve when they take part in our three-day event each Autumn.

As soon as we know whether he'll be able to make it you'll be the first to hear!

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Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Early cut-off for entries expected


With just under a month until this year's Apex Extreme it is looking extremely likely entries for our next event will close well in advance of the actual competition.

Around 60 teams have so far expressed an interest in taking part in this Autumn's competition which is being held on the weekend of 2nd-4th October on Ilkley Moor in West Yorkshire. Almost half of those teams to register online have already returned their cheques to confirm their places.

Make sure you don't miss out on your chance to experience the unique challenge and adventure that is the Apex Extreme. There is still time for you to book your place but you need to be quick.

If you have not already done so register your team through our online entry form then send us your cheque to cover your entry fee and any t-shirts you have ordered as quickly as possible. Until that arrives with us your place is not confirmed.

If your teams is already on the provisional team list it means we still need to receive your cheque to confirm your place and until we do there is a chance other teams could get theirs in before you. Once cheques have arrived with us for 70 teams the event will be closed.

Don't delay .... Join the Adventure!

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Wednesday, 2 September 2009

More Extreme Photos!

It's been great to see all the photos of you wearing your Apex Challenge T-shirts around the world. Remember the person who sends us the most extreme photo before our October event will win a brand new digital camera!

Well here's Marita Kirkham, assistant leader at Trogz ESU proudly showing off her stylish lime green Apex top while tackling some pretty extreme looking Via Ferrata route in the Swiss Alps.


Can you beat these Extreme pics? Email us your photos for a chance to show off, and win the big prize!

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