High Ropes Course

Our portable high ropes course is a state-of-the-art system situated on a 53-foot hydraulically operated trailer. This is the first portable high ropes course ever built and implemented. And, as a bonus, it is the safest ropes course on the market.

Safety: Unlike a traditional high ropes course where participants must unclip their safety device to transfer to a new element, our system is designed with a continuous belay tracking system to ensure the ultimate level of safety for participants by keeping them hooked in with a safety harness at all times.

Lesson

The High Ropes Course includes a series of 12 unique elements. All of these activities offer an engaging way to bring students together to build trust and break down barriers between individuals and their groups. The high ropes elements are 26 feet in the air so the perceived risk is high, but actual physical risk is extremely low.

Participants walk across cable bridges, negotiate giant ladders or walk the tight-rope as they overcome personal fears and develop new self confidence.

The purpose of these challenges is to get students out of their comfort zones and challenge them to think “outside the box” and take risks for solutions. Our elements promote character education through experiential learning which is then transferred to the classroom.

Facilitation

  1. Before entering the ropes course, everyone must have their harness on properly.

  2. Instruct students on the proper way to put on a harness.

  3. Inspect each student’s harness before beginning.

  4. If wearing a waist harness, the harness must be high and snug on the waist (not on hips). Throughout the day, keep careful watch to ensure no one climbs with a loose harness.

  5. If wearing a full-body harness, make sure the straps are not twisted. The shoulder straps should not be able to fall off the shoulder. The straps adjust/tighten at the chest and at the inner thigh. They don’t have to be uncomfortably tight, especially at the thigh area.

  6. Once everyone is outfitted, students will pair up and form a line at the base of the stairs.

Tip: Challenge by Choice

If someone is truly afraid to ascend the course, don’t push too hard, but encourage them to try by setting a goal, such as “Let’s go up together. You can just stand up there on the platform and watch for a while.” They may decide to try one element once they are up or they may decide to come back down. Either way, applaud the effort.
  1. Important note: The belay ropes are on a continuous tracking system, which eliminates the need to clip in and out at each element. A trained facilitator will call for a few people at a time to climb the stairs and secure their belay lines. Do not send students up until they are called for.

  2. When exiting the course, students must wait for the facilitator or trained mentor to unclip them from the belay line. Students must not clip-out on their own.