ropes challenge course
Whale Watch – Large platform that operates like a see-saw. Great element for large or small groups. Lots of variety in the types of activities that can be done on this element. Basic goal is to be able to balance platform so that neither end ever touches the ground.
Swamp Crossing – Climbers use a set a boards to connect pillars and move from one end of the “swamp” to the other end. Excellent element to address goal setting and to incorporate “handicaps” which hinder participants’ reliance on their strengths and forces them to focus on other skills, which can be chosen by the facilitator.
Spider Web – Element which participants must weave their way into or out of. High reliance on other team members and lots of physical contact. Again, lots of opportunities for facilitator to set “handicaps.”
Wall – Twelve foot wall which participants must climb over. Because there are no footholds, ladders, or external devices, participants must rely on each other to accomplish task. Again, lots of physical contact.
Mohawk – Consists of five separate elements (Postman’s Walk, Running Traverse, Pirate’s Crossing, Multi-Line, and a bare cable) which are combined to create a series of obstacles. Participants must use teamwork to complete the element and there are also lots of variations that can be used in implementing this element.
Switcheroo – Set of three ropes that climber uses to traverse length. Climber begins on one rope and changes to using two ropes or vice-versa. Can be modified by removing ropes to make it a two rope element called the Pirates Crossing or a one rope element called the Commando Crawl.
Flying Squirrel – Element is a transitional one. One climber is raised into the air by the rest of the group. Helps climbers experience the heights and the feeling of being in a harness. Perceived risk is very low.
Vertical Playpen – Element divided into four “sections.” Climber can set goal to reach a specific segment. Designed to be used by two climbers simultaneously so can be completed solo or in pairs. Physically challenging element.
Postman’s Walk – A single rope stretched across the length of the element. Good beginning element because of low degree of physical challenge.
Multi-Line – More physically challenging than the Postman’s Walk. A single foot cable is suspended, under tension, between two trees. A series of multi line ropes hang vertically from an overhead cable that is 10 to 14 feet above the foot cable. The multi line ropes are spaced progressively further apart. A belay cable runs parallel to the overhead cable.
Zip Line – HIGH element. Participants jump from a platform and zips through the air. A two wheel pulley rides on a 300 foot long cable suspended between two trees. The participant hangs underneath the pulley connected by a multi line tether.