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Monday, 15 April 2013

Missing anything?

After a night of adventure and excitement in the forest, it looks like a few people may be missing a couple of things.
Most of the lost property was able to be reunited with its owners before the final results presentation, but while clearing up the site, a few more bits were discovered abandoned in the field.

The current list of wet soggy gear available for claiming is:

:: Purple waterproof coat - size 11
:: Pair of beige and black gloves
:: Green tent bag - says "Phoenix" which could be a clue
:: Black and grey bobble hat
:: Orange pole bag - looks like from a Vango Force 10 tent
:: Flimsy green 'pack-away' rucksack
:: Grey groundsheet in black stuff sack
:: Black and blue sleeping bag - Vango
:: Small walki-talkie radio
:: Inflatable camping mat in a black bag

If any of this is yours, please contact us via the website as soon as possible. Anything unclaimed by Friday will have to be sent to great gear heap in the sky.

Equally, if you've discovered anything in your kit which may be someone else's, please leave a comment here so it could be returned to its rightful place.

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Sunday, 14 April 2013

What a weekend!

So we may all be exhausted, wet and pretty smelly after our night in the forest, but once again the Apex Challenge has been a huge success. Thanks to everyone who took part, and everyone behind the scenes who made it all happen.

Massive congratulations to Ice Bank Mice Elf from Endurance ESU in Leicestershire and Hoof Arted from Coventry Network who won the Explorer and Network competitions respectively, but also to everyone who entered and completed the event with such great enthusiasm.

We were particularly impressed with the vision, commitment and sheer determination of our special projects team who built and managed the spectacular Apex Mountain and won the prestigious JCH Award for Outstanding Achievement. They worked for almost 12 hours constructing the mountain, finishing with just seconds to spare before the first teams were due to cross it. Never before have we had such a dramatic start for teams setting off on the event.
You can now see the full results and detailed event report our website, as well as hundreds of photos taken throughout the competition by our event photographer. An event video will be uploaded to the site shortly.

So thanks again for being part of the Apex Challenge, and we look forward to seeing again at our next event
in October!

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Friday, 12 April 2013

Building something big for this weekend's event

We're busy building something new and very impressive ready for the start of this weekend's Apex Challenge competition. We don't want to give too much away but these are some of the pictures that inspired us and here are a few details to get you guessing:
  • It weighs around 2½ tons.
  • It has more than 750 individual pieces.
  • It required more than 500 man hours to go from initial sketch to completion.
  • This is something that will exist once and once only.
So what do you think it is? Leave us a message below with your ideas and you'll find out if you're right about five seconds after you start the event. Our only hint is that it could be our most extreme obstacle ever!

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Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Trying to picture this weekend's event

With just three days left until around 400 adventurers descend on Sherwood Pines Forest Park for the first of this year's Apex Challenge competitions, we imagine anyone who is coming is starting to think about what the weekend might have in store and how the event might look.

Well here at Apex HQ we're also trying to imagine how the event will look when everyone arrives on Saturday. We know that, as with all Apex Challenge competitions, it's all about the adventure and the thrilling challenges that teams will be tackling through the night.

However looking at some of the team names you've been choosing this year it looks like a fair few people might be planning some interesting outfits for part of the weekend. Is your team one of them? We've tried to pick out a few of the teams in this montage - how many can you spot?!

But whatever you'll be wearing this weekend, make sure you've got everything you need for the event. Take a look at the official Kit List - for all of the equipment you need to have with
you for your night in the forest. 

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday! 

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Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Give us the soundtrack to the weekend

Throughout this weekend's Apex Challenge we'll be playing some of the biggest tunes around and we want your help in putting together the weekend's soundtrack.

We've heard some great songs already this year and we've got plenty of them on the playlist but we want to include as many of your favourites as we can.

Leave us a message either on the Apex Blog or on our Facebook page and we'll do our best to get your songs on. We'll be finalising all the playlists on Thursday evening so make sure you've told us your favourite by then!

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Thursday, 4 April 2013

Public vote chooses pink T-shirt design

After a hectic 48 hours of voting we've counted up everyone's choices on our Facebook poll and are please to announce that this year's T-shirt will be the pink design.

Watching the votes coming in since Tuesday evening, the pink T-shirt was in the lead almost from the outset but the vote was close and the orange T-shirt was catching up at one point.

The final numbers were 81 votes for pink and 68 for orange. Thanks to everyone for taking part in the poll. It'll be great to see everyone wearing the T-shirt that's been chosen and don't forget to pre-order yours if you haven't already.

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Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Vote starts for this year's T-shirt design

For the first time ever we're handing over the final say on this year's exclusive Apex Challenge T-shirt design to you! Our designers have been working on the design for the last few weeks, but the decision on the colour will be decided by a public vote.

The front of the 2013 design is a large 'Apex Competitor' rubber stamp motif. On the back of the T-shirt is a cargo packing slip with a difference. It details some of the 'handling instructions' for a typical team member at the Apex Challenge. There's advice to 'handle with care', 'keep upright' and 'may contain nuts'. 

There are also a few surprise ingredients in the list of what makes up a typical person who takes part in our competitions. It's already looking like being one of our most popular T-shirts ever and we're sure there won't be many teams not wearing them.

The T-shirts will either be orange or pink. You can vote for your favourite by visiting our Facebook page and clicking on your choice in the poll there. Make sure you vote by 8pm on Thursday 4 April. There's just 48 hours to decide! The one with the most votes will be chosen so keep checking to see which one is winning. We'll announce the winner on the website on Thursday evening and give you a close up view of the winning design.

And make sure you pre-order your T-shirts. They're just £7 each. If you didn't order one when you registered your team there's still time. Click your team on the team list page and use your password to edit your details and order your T-shirts.

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