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Thursday, 29 September 2011

24 hours to go!

The Apex Challenge team has just arrived at Event Centre in Bramhope, West Yorkshire to start getting ready for this weekend's event. It'll take us the next day and a half to set everything up for when you all arrive on Friday evening.

Most of you will probably be packing your bags tonight so we just wanted to remind you to check a couple of things. Make sure you've read through the kit list which tells you what you need to bring for the weekend. There are also directions to site to make sure you don't get lost. And don't forget we need a consent form for each member of every team taking part, even if you are over 18 and in the network competition.

You should arrive on Friday evening any time between 6:00pm and 10:00pm. There'll be traffic marshals on duty and once you've parked or been dropped off, follow the signs to Event Centre. There's plenty of space for camping and there'll be members of the Apex Team around to show you where you can put your tents.

When all members of your team have arrived you can come to Event Centre to sign in and collect your welcome pack containing your event instructions and map. You'll need to bring all your consent forms with you. It's much easier for us if you turn up as individual teams with your own consent forms rather than several teams together with all your consent forms mixed up!

We'll look forward to seeing you on Friday night!

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Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Food for thought!

This weekend's Apex Challenge event is going to be pretty exhausting! We've just been looking through the list of activities and we reckon you're going to need plenty of energy for the three days. Thankfully our Apex Cafe team are up to the challenge and are planning a menu that should keep you well fed throughout the weekend.

Once you've arrived on Friday evening we'll get the pizzas on as an extra snack to keep you going through the evening.

You'll wake up on Saturday morning to a delicious bacon or sausage sandwich served in a fresh bread roll which should set you up for a busy day of activities. When you return in the evening there'll be a selection of meat or vegetarian pies and pasties served with new potatoes and mushy peas followed by a dessert of fruit pie, yogurts or swiss roll (can you manage an entire swiss roll?!)

Then on Sunday morning we're going continental with chocolate croissants and cereal for breakfast and in the afternoon, once you've taken on the challenge of the legendary Apex assault course you can relax around the Apex BBQ.

And all through the weekend we've got an endless supply of hot and cold drinks and there's water to top up your bottles as well.

Don't forget you'll need a packed lunch for Saturday and plenty of snacks in case you get hungry while you're away from Event Centre. Bring some loose change too. There's a shop on site selling some snacks and you never know when you might come across an ice cream van or a sweet shop when you're out and about!

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Monday, 26 September 2011

Hitting the right notes

So it's now less than a week to go until your ultimate adventure weekend at the Apex Extreme 2011 and we want to make sure we're hitting all the right notes, and that's where you come in!

We want all your requests for what songs you'd like to hear during the weekend. You've got until Wednesday night to let us know if it's Tinie Tempah you want to hear more of, or maybe some Katy Perry and Bruno Mars or the chart topping debut single from One Direction.

Whatever you want to hear, we want to know, so leave us a comment below or head to our Facebook page and stick a message on there to say what tunes you want us to play. You've got until Wednesday night to get the message in!

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Thursday, 22 September 2011

Volunteers needed for new Apex app

At the Apex Challenge we've always used the latest technology to control and enhance our adventure events, but now we’re taking it to the next level and we’d like you to help us. Our team has spent the last few months developing an exclusive new Apex app for smartphones to run Apex Challenge events.

The eventual plan is to replace the current electronic tag and control box system with this new system for all major phone platforms – but we’re now at the stage where we’d like to trial this new app at this forthcoming event, and we’d like you to be part of it.

We’re looking for some teams who’d like to test the new smartphone app for us, as well as collecting their Apex points in the usual way. There will not be any advantage or disadvantage in the event if you take part in the trial, but you’ll be contributing to the development of a brand new smartphone scoring system for adventure events. And you can say you were there first!

To take part in the trial...
:: One member of your team will need a smartphone which runs the Android operating system
:: You'll need to bring a mains charger to ensure your handset is full of juice before the event starts!
:: You'll be happy to download our software to your phone.
:: You'll want to be part of the future of Apex adventure technology!

If you’d like your team to be one of those trialling the new AdventureApp, please email us by 8:00pm on Tuesday 27th September and we’ll be back in touch with more details.

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Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Last chance to Wear it Out!

We've seen you high on glaciers, deep in rivers and as far afield as Sweeden and Kenya - but there's still time to send us more pictures of you Wearing it Out!
A fantastic Sony digital camera is up for grabs for the winner of this year's Apex Challenge 'Wear it Out' competition. More than 350 of us now have this year's exclusive blue Apex Challenge t-shirts, and we want to see the pictures of you wearing them on your events and adventures this summer.
Already around twenty extreme pictures have arrived at Apex HQ - but there's still time to send us your images. The winner will be announced at the Apex Extreme event at the start of October.

Simply upload your photos to the Apex Challenge 'Wear it Out' T-shirt gallery on the event's Facebook page, or email them to us.

The competition will be judged by an expert panel, with the person behind the winning entry receiving a high-end digital camera. Two runners up will each get an exclusive Apex Challenge hoodie.
So with just two weeks to go, get out there, go and have some last-minute adventures in your Apex Challenge t-shirt, and send us the evidence for your chance to win the big prize!

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Monday, 19 September 2011

Time running out for T-shirt orders and team names

There are just a few days left to order your T-shirts if you're taking part in this year's Apex Extreme. We'll be ordering them at the end of this week, so if you haven't already ordered yours then contact us to tell you what size you'd like.

They're just £5 each and are available in four sizes. From the number of orders we've had it's clear the 2011 design has been one of our most popular designs to date so don't miss out and order yours now.

The deadline for ordering T-shirts is 8pm on Thursday 22nd September. We will have a few spares available to buy on the weekend itself but to be sure of getting one it's best to pre-order.

Many of you have also been using our new online system for keeping your team details up to date through the website. The last chance to change your team name will be 8pm on Monday 26th September.

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