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Name: Mick Rimmer
Job: Site manager
Company: Go Ape Tree Top Adventure
I live in Strachan, around six miles away from Go Ape Crathes Castle in Aberdeenshire. I try to run to work most days, which takes about 45 minutes, as it helps me to keep fit and gives my collie dog Fergus some good exercise, as he comes to work with me.
When I arrive at the Go Ape site, which is located in the historic grounds of the castle, I start my day a little more adventurously than most jobs. I go around the tree top adventure course, along the obstacles, crossings and zip wires, to do safety checks and ensure the equipment is ready for customers to use.
I’ll then go into the cabin and check through e-mails, phone messages and bookings to plan the day ahead. Every day is different up in the trees, from families and friends sharing adventures to birthday celebrations, hen and stag parties and corporate team building days.
By lunchtime things are in full swing at Go Ape and so I usually have a quick something to eat in the site cabin and then use the time to take Fergus for a lunchtime walk around the forest.
The great thing about my role at Go Ape is that I’m able to meet different people from all different walks of life who have one thing in common – a passion for the outdoors and a desire to live life adventurously. It’s also amazing to have a job which is active and outside instead of being behind a desk all day.
Go Ape provides the opportunity to have an exhilarating experience and challenge yourself to overcome the obstacles along the way and my afternoons are focused on making sure customers have a fantastic time.
My role as site manager means it’s also my responsibility to ensure everything runs smoothly and that includes safety, which is a key priority. So I spend time on staff recruitment, training and health and safety each day, monitoring the safety briefings customers receive before going up into the trees and making sure all staff are fully competent in their roles as instructors.
I lead an active lifestyle and so when I’m not busy renovating my house, my evenings are usually spent walking or running with my partner and Fergus in the local area.