IHAVE always loved climbing trees, swinging from branches and scrambling back down again. As a boy I spent hours in Griggs Field and Bickleton Woods, riding up there on my bike in the morning and not heading home until the sun started to set.
My friends and I built dens, tree houses, swings and ramps for our bikes and would normally end up performing some sort of death defying stunt – which would often leave us with a grazed knee, scuffed shin or dripping wet after a dunk in the stream.
Nothing put me off those kind of escapades, not even the time I fell 12 foot from a tree in my next door neighbour's back garden and went through a rotten pallet.
But it's been ages since I got up to that kind of thing.
I'm 26 next month and it's not generally the done thing for men in their mid twenties to go monkeying around in foliage.
So when I got the chance to head up the treetops for Adrenalin Junkie, I seized the chance with both hands.
As did Samina, my girlfriend. She was the same as me when she was a girl, always running around and climbing trees – just at Frankmarsh rather than Fremington.
She's not such a tomboy now, but she still fancied a go at reliving her misspent youth.
So we headed to Exeter together, where Go Ape offers the chance to fly down zip-wires, leap off Tarzan Swings and tackle aerial treetop crossings while enjoying breathtaking views out towards Dartmoor.
After arriving at the atmospherically foggy Haldon Forest we were kitted out in a harness, given a safety briefing and taught how to use all the kit.
We were given a quick go on a low level starter section of the course and then we were off.
Samina and I climbed a ladder into the first tree and immediately were confronted with an array of rope bridges, dangling foot holds and suspended wooden swings.
So off we went, crossing from one treetop platform to another.
Some crossings were easy, while others were tougher.
And in some places we were presented with a choice between one crossing or another.
Naturally I went for the most difficult when presented with such a choice. While they were difficult, there was nothing I couldn't manage and there was nothing Samina couldn't do either.
One of the best bits came at the end of each of the Go Ape course's five sections.
Faced with the task of getting down from the trees, Go Ape's course planners opted for massive zip wires to send us towards earth. So we strapped on and leapt off, zipping downwards at speed one after the other.
The zip wires, which got increasingly long as we made our way around the course, took us to the start of the next section and we did the same thing all over again.
And after two hours of swinging from tree to tree we reached the end of the course, zipping towards the final landing.