Course Elements

High Elements

All of these high ropes elements are at a height of 30 -45 feet.

Giant's Ladder

This can be used by two people at a time.  The rungs on this ladder are made of large wood timber joined by ropes.  What makes this element difficult is that the rungs range from 3 feet to almost 6 feet apart.

Power Pole

One participant climbs a utility pole using staples to reach the top of the pole.  Upon reaching the top the participant leaps from the top of the pole attempting to catch a trapeze bar that is suspended in the air.

Zip Line 

The zip line is on the top level of the trapezoid and used as one method for exiting the static course.  The participant completes a normal change over to the elements K-2 pulley.  The participant uses the pulley to slide from the platform and toward the dismount ladder.

Broken Bridge

 Two parallel cables strung horizontally between two poles that are approximately 2 feet apart.  Strung between the cables are a series of 4x4’s; some of which are whole, while some are broken.  The goal is to traverse across this bridge.

Multi-vine Traverse

This is a single tensioned foot cable with dangling ropes suspended from an overhead cable at varying intervals.  

Wilder Woozy

Two tightly strung foot cables progress outward from a common utility pole terminating at poles approximately 12 feet apart and 35 feet from the starting pole.  Each foot cable has a separate belay cable.  Two participants, one on each cable, move out along the diverging cables using each other as support until they can go no further.  Each participant is belayed with a separate dynamic belay.

Trapezoid (Two-Line Bridge, Burma Bridge, Buddy Beam, Balance Beam, Heebie Jeebie)

A series of individual challenges with multiple levels and multiple challenges from moving over telephone poles to moving across wire foot cables.  Participants are instructed on how to safely operate their personal static belay system on the ground prior to accessing the element.  All transfers are supervised by trained participants or facilitation team members.

Low Elements 

Students at Challenge CourseWooden Woosey:

Description: Two logs, on the ground, and starting at the same point and gradually spreading apart. Two participants (one per log) walk the diverging logs, while maintaining physical contact, to a point where they can no longer continue or they reach the far support poles.
Objective: To provide a challenge that allows two individuals to communicate, trust, problem-solve, and persist while working together as a pair.

Wire Woosey:

Description: Two strung cables, close to the ground, and starting at the same point and gradually spreading apart. Two participants (one per cable) walk the diverging cables, while maintaining physical contact, to a point where they can no longer continue or they reach the far support poles.
Objective: To provide a challenge that allows two individuals to communicate, trust, problem-solve, and persist while working together as a pair.

Trust Fall:

Description: A platform ranging from 3 to 5.5 ft. above the ground from which the participants falls backwards into the arms of other participants.
Objective: To provide the participants with a challenge that will help them with trust, commitment, and fear.    

The Wall:

Description:  A 12ft and an 8ft wall, each designed so that the instructor and two other people may stay up top and help spot; while the remainder of the group helps lift and spot one participant as he/she climbs the wall.
Objective: To provide a challenge that will help the group communicate, problem-solve, trust, deal with fear, and use teamwork, while also allowing the group to get up the wall safely.

Spider’s Web:

Description: A customized, fabricated “web” is the setting for this initiative problem. The group must try to get through the web without touching any web material. As each web opening is used by a participant, it is “closed” to further passage by anyone else until all are safely through.
Objective: To provide the group with a challenge that will help group cooperation, trust, team building, appropriate touching, support, approval, frustration, and problem solving.

Telephone Pole Shuffle (T.P. Shuffle):

Description: A 25’ section of telephone pole. The group of participants attempts to change positions on the log without stepping off the log.
Objective: To present a challenge that allows the group to use communication, humor, teamwork, and appropriate touching.

Mohawk Walk:

Description: The group must move across a series of low cables tightly strung between poles, using only the support of one another.
Objective: To provide the group with a challenge that helps each group member work on personal commitment, problem solving, cooperation, fun, and a variety  of different tasks.

Students at Challenge CourseNitro Crossing:

Description: Using only the resources available to them, the group must get the hanging rope, and then safely and successfully get everyone and the object given to them from one platform to the other without themselves or the object touching the ground.
Objective: To present a fun and challenging task which will allow the group to use problem solving, team building, decision-making, and work on frustration and compassion for other or themselves.

Islands:

Description: This element is composed of three different islands. It is the group’s challenge to use two boards to get from one to the next without falling off the islands or allowing the boards to touch the ground.
Objective: To present a challenge that allows a group to work together, use problem-solving skills; develop a sense of trust with one-another, while being in a confined space at the same time.

Whale Watch:

Description: The entire group will attempt to get this see-saw like element balanced with few to no touches to the ground. The group will have to balance the element several different ways.
Objective: To present a challenge that allows a group to work together and use problem-solving skills, while being in a confined space at the same time.

There are many other teambuilding games and initiatives which can be chosen for your group.