Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility

Go Ape — the new company retreat?

We’ve all heard of the usual ropes courses, circles of trust and zip lines typical of company retreats. But a new business opening in May in Rockville makes all those activities look like child’s play.

If you’ve ever been to England, you may have heard of “Go Ape.” It’s basically a giant obstacle course built through treetops using ladders, walkways, bridges and tunnels made of wood, rope and “super-strong wire.” After equipping people with harnesses, pulleys, carabiners and 30 minutes of training, course participants can, well, go ape among the treetops of Rock Creek Park.

The courses can be completed in two to three hours and include a series of ziplines, Tarzan swings, rope ladders, bridges, swings and trapezes. The company says its courses can cater to all skill levels. Cost is $55 per person for the three hours.

The concept’s being brought to the U.S. by Dan and Jenny D’Agostino, who became fans of the United Kingdom’s 26 Go Ape courses while living in London. The obstacle course isn’t just for company outings but sounds like it could make for an interesting birthday party, bachelor/bachelorette party or just a fun Saturday afternoon.

I have to admit, this is kind of appealing to me — who as a kid didn’t love climbing trees and exploring nature?

And this may be one of those businesses that fills such a specific niche, that it does well — while the idea itself is not unique, it does seem to have a relatively unique combination of offerings.