Clip in and get ready for a new experience in leadership and team development. Campus Recreation will be opening a new facility to serve the training and adventure needs of ISU and the surrounding community. The High Ropes Course will develop teams by utilizing a variety of challenges that encourage growth through experiential learning. The course provides physically and emotionally challenging activities and allows for focused reflection after each activity with our trained facilitators.
The High Ropes Course includes 27 different elements that range in height from 17 to 28 feet. The course has two main components: the Team Course, and the Dynamic Course.
The team course is designed to keep groups intact from the ground to the high challenge. Groups of 4 – 8 people will build trust on the ground, harness up, enter the high ropes course together, and work together to solve the challenges each element provides. These challenges include the “diverging logs” that requires teams to balance and support each other as they walk or crawl across the logs.
The dynamic course is a series of stand-alone high elements that are are 25 feet high. On these elements, the group is part of the belay and support system on the ground while 1-2 participants climb at height. For some elements, the individual has to balance and cross a pole or steel cable with few, if any, hand-holds. In other elements, like the “vertical playpen”, the participants climb in pairs and help each other reach the top of the element. This challenges groups to find innovative ways to communicate with those at height, and to focus on trusting & supporting each other.
The High Ropes Course is designed so that 80% of the elements can be accessible for people with disabilities.
Universal elements can be used with populations that have limited mobility or motor function. Participants will use a harness that offers back and seated support, and use a pulley system to ascend a rope themselves, or the group can hoist their group member to the element above. Some wheelchair bound individuals may not be able to participate.
Modified Universal elements can be used by most individuals with minor modifications to the belay or climbing system as long as full upper body or lower body strength exists, or three fully functioning limbs can be used. Special harnesses provide more comfort and support for individuals that may need to remain seated for the duration of the activity. All participants are given the option to choose to climb up the element or to utilize a pulley system to assist their ascent. Other modifications are also available. Contact us to learn how you can participate today!
Open High Ropes Days: April 10 and April 24
We are offering two open registration events for ISU students to experience our new High Ropes Course. Participate on your own or bring some friends to develop skills such as communication, leadership, relationship-building., creativity, and decision-making through the energetically fun day at our course! The day will begin with activities as a group on the ground to get you ready to take to the air. Choose your own level of challenge as we harness up and move to the High Ropes Activities together.
No experience is necessary. Registration is not required but space is limited. This program is first come first serve; those who register prior to the activity date will be given priority.