The group of 15 of us, with 6 supporters represented n116 and we there at Bedok Reservoir at 2pm in the afternoon.
The hot, sunny, humid weather of Singapore, nor the risk of getting sun-burnt did not deter us from having fun at this place, made up of 4 sites and 32 obstacles, and 4 zip-lines ("Flying Fox").
We had a time of praise and worship, and a short sharing of testimony.
As our team would be the 2nd wave, we had a short game of n116's favourite "Captain's Ball" while waiting for our turn to sign the indemnity forms and get the safety briefing.
For safety, each participant is issued a harness (the belt-thingy you would see in the photos that goes round our waist and thighs) and helmet, participants are to wear them at all times.
As modeled by Zhifu
There are karabiners which we will have to hook to the safety line at all times, and one track pulley that will roll along the safety line while going through the course.
The instructor next explains and demonstrates the steps.
When we are up on the obstacle course, we are individually responsible for hooking up the safety lines.
The instructor ensures that each participant is familiar with the process of hooking up and un-hooking ourselves, before allowing anyone to start on the obstacle course. (As demonstrated below..)
Step 1: Hook the karabiner to the red line..
Step 2: Hook the pulley to safety line..
Step 3: Release the karabiner off the red line and hook it to the pulley...
Step 4: Free to go
We were still stuck on ground while waiting for the previous group to clear the Base, so we had plenty of opportunity to take photos.
(We have completed the briefing....Those at the background haven't..)
The beginning for some..
(The "Last Men")
As a outdoor-ish person (I would declare), and been through the Outward Bound Singapore (OBS) Course, this obstacle course which stands at 5 metres, would be chicken-feet, I thought - until reality proved me otherwise.
The beginning was easy, and was the trial run and warming-up for all the participants to get started with the course.
However, the initial jump off from the platform to zip to the 2nd site wasn't that easy. It took some faith and courage.
And as we zipped to the next site, challenges waits ahead of us, while we wait for the previous wave of people.
Soon, was the first challenge to me, the "Trapeze" dangle in front of me, held by 2 ropes, and swinging in the air. It is steps in the air that keeps swinging and requires balancing to take each step.
Wida takes it in her stride tho..
Some of the sites will provide 2 routes, the easy and more difficult obstacles (as indicated by color codes at the information plates of the obstacle). Of course we are free to decide which route to take.
(There is a green signage, and on the bottom-right-hand corner has this black round sticker. It indicates Difficult)
The easy route may not be the shorter route, and the harder route may not be that hard afterall.
I was really encouraged to see most of the people in our group challenging the more difficult route. Indeed, the adults will not necessary lose out to the younger ones.
After clearing the 2nd site, we zipped onto the the 3rd site. But even before we got started, we realise that most of us lands on the sand pit butt first and soon we were discussing how better we can make the landing, without getting so much sand on our butt and backs.
The Forest Adventure is situated along the bank of Bedok Reservoir and at the tree-tops, we can enjoy the breeze and the view of Bedok Reservoir Park.
So while waiting, we find our own entertainment.
Joyce and her friend.
"Whose HEAD is it anyway"
(Gab says there's tadpoles in this drain)
By the time we were at the 3rd site, we would have gotten the hang of transversing through the obstacles, hooking and un-hooking from the safety line.
Mine and Wida's conclusion was - the most tiring and tedious process is actually climbing up the rope ladder at the beginning of each site.
After 1.5hr to 2hr of swinging in the trees, we finally come to the end of the obstacle course. I find myself having difficulty crawling through a barrel that was hanged. I even wonder if I would get stuck and can't get my legs out. (which is why you won't see that photo of me struggling to get out of that barrel.)
(Of course it's not me..)
The last challenge of the day was to jump off the Tarzan Swing. The safety rope which we had to hook on is suspended mid-way between us and the safety net. (pardon my lousy sketch.)
I was wondering why there were screams from the group before ours. And I realised that the reason is for you (who had not tried it) to experience it. My heart skipped a beat, there was an adrenaline rush, when I took that leap and experience free-fall, before I caught the net.
The ending was much easier..
And with this, we completed the 4 sites and zipped back to the "Base camp".
Before we close the day, we voted and gave out the "Tarzan Award". The one participant among us that had been the most encouraging of all.
And the award belongs to...
none other than Yubing of N116!!!
We were so proud of her, and that N116 has once again, bagged home an award for our ET zone outing.
Wondering what the supporters did while we were swinging from place to place?
They too had a good time fellowshipping and catching up with each other.
More about Forest Adventure.
There is 2 courses available: The Grand Course and Kids Course.
Grand Course - For adults and Juniors, minimum height 1.4m. Under 18's must be accompanied by an participating adult.
Young adults aged between 18 - 21 need not be accompanied by a parent but must bring the disclaimer form signed by a parent to participate in Forest Adventure.
Kids Course - minimum height is 1.1m – maximum 1.45 m
Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 6pm, with the last departure at 4:30 pm
The Kids Course is open on weekends, school and public holidays only.
(Closed on Mondays)