My weekend just got more exciting when I had the privilege of experiencing firsthand Nuvali’s latest outdoor attraction, Camp N. It will be opening to the public very soon and here’s some of what you may expect.
It was early Saturday morning when we went to Camp N, a six-hectare facility featuring obstacle courses, outdoor challenges, and other activities in a vast landscape of greens and attractions. And upon arrival, the first things I noticed were the towering posts and cables of the rope courses.
Our visit began with some formal introductions about the facilities, brief orientation and some safety tips, question and answer, and some warmup stretches. And in order for us to truly explore what Camp N had to offer, a game was set where points were given upon completion of some courses. Points vary depending on the difficulty of the course and accumulated points translate into prizes! Shortly after, we were off to explore.
Camp N is divided into sections where distinct activities are found. The first one that you’d notice is the Rope Courses and Initiatives area where the high and low ropes are located. Adjacent to it is the Aerial Walk where there’s a little bit of everything for everyone and where we spent most of our time. On the other side are the Obstacle Courses which we only got a look and further back is the Adventure Tower where the roller coaster type zip line is found along with the free fall and rappelling and climbing walls. Located all the way back are the Greens & Patches area.
Despite having our safety discussion earlier, the site operator still goes through the safety instructions on how to properly use the devices while we were being suited up in them. The equipment they use were really topnotch and they were very thorough with suiting us up so we had that extra confidence in facing those arguably intimidating courses.
The Aerial Walk was the first course that we took. Because of the orientation and the limited number of participants that can get in at a time, we had to wait our turn. I admit I was a little nervous about doing this particular course because it gets to a pretty high elevation at the third level!
|Infinity||Zip Line, Free Fall, Rappel Wall, Climbing Wall, Aerial Walk,
Obstacle Course, Initiatives, High Ropes
|All-Challenge||Zip Line, Free Fall, Rappel Wall, Climbing Wall,
Aerial Walk, Obstacle Course, Initiatives
|All-Gravity||Zip Line, Free Fall, Rappel Wall||₱600|
|Zip & Air||Long Zip Line, Climbing Wall, Full Aerial Walk||₱500|
|Jump & Air||Long Free Fall, Rappel Wall, Full Aerial Walk||₱450|
|Zip & Jump||Long Zip Line, Long Free Fall, Rappel Wall||₱450|
|Short Stint||Short Zip Line, Short Free Fall, Level 2 Aerial Walk||₱450|
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A few minutes later, it was our turn!
The Aerial Walk comes with three levels, each level going higher off the ground and gets more difficult along the way. Aside from balance, upper body strength may come in handy to help you stabilize and pull yourself along the course. And since I was already there and everyone kept pushing to finish level three, I swallowed my fear of heights and kept pushing until I reached the final and most intimidating part of this course—zipping back down to the ground! From the third level you get to do this twice and it’s only here where you’re the one harnessing yourself to do the zip line. The height might be intimidating, but conquering that intimidation just feels awesome! Besides, it’s the fastest and easiest way to get back down! 😀
Completing Aerial Walk really boosted my confidence that I didn’t really hesitated when I went to the low ropes (which weren’t really that low) and reached the top relatively fast. And since we already spent a significant amount of time already, we quickly went on to the Adventure Tower area.
The Adventure Tower is a six-in-one tower of adventures as it hosts the climbing wall, rappelling wall, two levels of free fall, and two varying levels of zip lines. The first two should be self-explanatory and the free fall is exactly how it sounds like: you’re strapped in a harness and you just walk right of the ledge, kind of like doing a bungee jump, without the bounce. Their zip lines are very unique though as unlike a regular one which just goes straight down, theirs is pretty much like a roller coaster, and it’s only the third one of its kind in the world. There are two different levels of these zip lines from this tower.
I think I still have my adrenaline rush when we arrived at the Adventure Tower as I just signed up to do the wall climb without really thinking. The wall used for this purposes was the one on the left as the one on the right was designated for rappelling. The left side is also the more difficult of the two but fortunately I was able to again conquer my fear of heights and was able to reach the top. And then afterwards I went inside the tower to do the rappelling! 😀
I was standing on the ledge when I realized that I haven’t really done this before! Fortunately, I got great advice on how to do it so despite the fact that falling several stories was at the back of my mind, it went really, really well.
We did not have enough time to ride the zip line from this tower and we were just famished from all the activities at the time so we had to conclude our adventures here. And what do you know, I actually earned 16 points along the way without really consciously thinking about it!
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I honestly had a blast despite my very limited time with Camp N! I started the day being anxious on whether I can actually do any of those balancing acts in midair but ended feeling proud that I was actually able to accomplish all that I did—which were all challenging in one way or the other. Their excellent equipment, well trained operators, and emphasis on safety gives you that extra layer of security to accomplish your activity, however daunting it may seem. And all these makes Camp N an excellent place to do confidence-building activities, whether it be personal or for groups. And aside from the thrilling activities that we did, there still are the obstacle courses from basic to advance for those who’d like to keep themselves grounded. And if you prefer to be absolutely relaxed, there’s also the Greens & Patches area. I guess everyone from all fitness levels are covered here! And the availability of toilets with showers in the area is pretty convenient. In short, I love Camp N! ❤