Low and High Ropes Course Sample Agenda
During one of our most exciting and physical programs, teams climb near the ground and high in the trees on ropes, cables, planks and pegs. The challenges call upon every team member to participate, presenting opportunities for self-discovery and team growth. We work closely with you to design challenges that address your specific business goals in a lively context that is more tactical than physical.
The facilitator reviews the group’s expectations, guidelines, timing, safety, etc. before working with the team to set individual and group goals for the day. Participants are asked to explore what they would like to accomplish through this experience.
Stretching and Warm-Ups
The facilitator leads your group through partner stretches and has them practice spotting other team members, increasing their comfort level with physical challenges, working in close proximity and direct communication.
Learn the proper ways to "spot" a partner, and to "spot" as part of a group. This will be important later for safe completion of some of the challenges. It’s important immediately to get the group comfortable working together closely.
Begin Low Ropes Challenges
The facilitator will vary the order of low ropes challenges depending on the group energy and cohesion. Teams will complete three to five of the challenges as each element requires between ten and thirty minutes depending on the group’s ability. The facilitator leads a brief discussion after each challenge to reinforce the concepts that apply back in the work environment. These sample challenges may not be available at all ropes course sites.
Sample Low Ropes Challenges
- Double Trouble Two participants, starting at opposite ends of a cable, attempt to cross a 30-foot long cable strung between two trees; the cable is about two feet off of the ground. The other team members spot the climbers as they make their way across the cable.
- Bridge Is Out The entire team must devise a way to get the group from one platform (about one foot off the ground) to another platform located about 20 feet away using just two boards. This initiative highlights the groups problem-solving abilities, communications, and responding in a crisis.
- Stretcher (Low V) This activity requires two people to work together very closely in order to move from the narrow end of a "V-shaped" cable to the wide end about 15 feet away. Partners must rely on each other and adjust their strategy on the fly to successfully complete this element.
- The Web The whole team must get through a human-sized vertical web without touching any strands. This challenge requires a great deal of trust and start-to-finish planning to be successful.
Begin High Ropes Challenges
Building on the accomplishments of the morning, participants can complete several of our high ropes challenges in the timeframe allowed. Our Challenge-by-Choice philosophy enables every participant to experience their own success in the context of their own aspirations. Climbing and belaying techniques are covered thoroughly. These sample challenges may not be available at all ropes course sites.
Sample High Ropes Challenges
- The Perch One team member climbs to the top of a 30 foot tree where they attempt to stand up on top of the tree and jump for a trapeze bar hanging about three feet away.
- Stretcher Just like on the low element of the same name, this activity requires people to work together closely to move from the narrow end of a V-shaped cable to the wide end about 15 feet away--50 feet in the air.
- The Beam Participants climb to a wide beam that is inclined (about 35 feet up) and walk across its length (approximately 20 feet). For those wishing for a greater challenge, they can walk backwards on the beam or attempt the walk blindfolded.
- Multi-Vine Participants climb a tree to a height of approximately 40 feet, then begin walking across a cable, using long ropes suspended from a top wire. The participant starts with one rope, walks as far as the rope will allow him or her, then reaches for the next rope, continuing in this fashion until they reach the end.
The entire group is brought together to share their experiences on the ropes course. Participants are asked to share what they learned or reaffirmed about themselves or their team, and how they can apply these learnings back to the work environment.
This sample agenda is for a full-day program. It can stand alone, be expanded into a full-day experience or be combined with any of the other Team Building Adventures.