High Ropes/Low Ropes Challenge
The challenge course industry grew out of a desire to implement a wilderness type experience in a fixed setting, as opposed to the expedition setting. A course is defined as a series of activities, sometimes on or close to the ground (usually referred to as a low ropes
course) and sometimes built on utility poles or trees, or in the rafters of a building (a high ropes course).The course itself is comprised of many different elements. Names of these elements vary throughout the industry, as do belay systems, access systems, the number of elements at a course and the sequence of the elements.
Each course is individually designed and built to accommodate the local terrain, climate, and program delivered at that site. Climbing walls have also become increasingly popular over the last years, partly for recreational purposes, and partly as educational tools. When climbing walls are built for educational purposes, they are often used in conjunction with a challenge course.
High Ropes: The high ropes elements are challenging activities that are literally high- above-the-ground. They are geared more toward individual challenges. Trained facilitators and leaders will guide groups through the high ropes elements.
Low Ropes: The low ropes elements are structured activities that are literally low-to-the- ground. They are purposefully geared toward team building. A group can participate together in these activities on their own. Safety and spotting techniques are utilized by all participants. Debriefing questions are available to group leaders.
So WHY participate?
- It is a thrilling and fun thing to do.
- Commitment to perform where there is uncertainty of results is a healthy decision-making process.
- Proving to oneself that a seemingly insurmountable problem can be overcome is
enlightening and satisfying.
- There is evidence that there is a significant positive carry over from the experience of successfully completing a demanding, fabricated problem as compared to overcoming everyday problems.
Getting out there and playing, and enjoying the Challenge Ropes Course is what it is all about. Most of all have fun! It is an incredible process.