Challenge Ropes Course High Events

Giant's Ladder

The Giant's Ladder is an awesome 8’ wide, 70’ high ladder suspended between two redwood trees, with rungs between 3 and 7 feet apart. The Ladder enables groups to practice planning, goal setting, and effective communication. It is less about the physical abilities of individuals and more about the team's capabilities to assess resources, create a strategy, and execute that strategy. Participants hold safety lines for the two or three climbers ascending the ladder at a time. Climbers achieve greater results by supporting each other and receiving coaching from teammates on the ground.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Practice effective planning
  • Explore goal setting
  • Develop skills in intelligent risk taking
  • Discover greater success with team support

The Balancing Act

The Balancing Act is a high ropes course element with multiple options for how far participants can go. The objective is for climbers to explore and decide the appropriate level of challenge for themselves and set a goal accordingly. Before each person climbs, they will introduce their goal to the rest of the team and share how they would like to be supported. Although only one person can climb at a time, the support from people on the ground has a huge influence on the climber’s ability to meet or exceed their goals.

We encourage climbers to look at The Balancing Act in 3 phases. The first is to go as high as they can go. If they make it to the top, they can try to stand on the platform. If this is accomplished, they can walk out along the plank and take a jump for the boat fender that is suspended a few feet away.

It is called The Balancing Act for a number of reasons. From a physical perspective, climbing, transitioning to the plank, and walking out along the plank all require balance. This activity also explores many figurative forms of balance. For example: balancing the individual goal with one’s perceived capabilities; balancing individual commitment and team support; balancing time constraints with the objective of giving everyone a chance to climb. The list goes on, and we use the debrief period to reflect on individual and team experiences and how these different forms of balance showed up.

Learning Outcomes

  • Giving and receiving effective coaching
  • Building trust among team members
  • Individual insights about risk taking
  • Achieving greater success with team support