Indoor and Outdoor Ropes Courses
About the Outdoor and Indoor Ropes Course: The UW-L Adventure Program consists of an indoor and outdoor ropes course. The outdoor course to has nine high elements and eight low elements. The indoor course includes 6 high elements and multiple portable low elements. The high course is composed of telephone poles, cables, ropes, climbing gear, rigging hardware, and safety systems (belay system).
Available To: The UW-Lacrosse Adventure Challenge Course is a series of activities designed for individual and group participation regardless of age, physical limitation and ability level. The high ropes course elements are accessible to all.
Mission of Ropes Course Programs: Programs concentrate on individual and group skill development by presenting a series of activities that involve physical and emotional risk and the opportunity to succeed (or sometimes fail) within a supportive group atmosphere. Participants develop skills in communication, problem solving, decision making, trust, as well as a strong sense of self-worth and accomplishment. Adventure education also promotes calculated risk-taking, enhances leadership and management skills, facilitates organizational change, and builds effective team cohesion.
Initiatives and Low Ropes Course
These physical and mental activities encourage cooperation, communication and problem-solving skills, leading to mutual support and trust within the group. Some of these activities may involve more perceived risk and challenge and include props such as wooden platforms, boards, ropes and cables.
High Ropes Course
The high elements are designed to provide a more individual challenge and to build self-confidence while still relying on the group support system. These activities include climbing and are anywhere from 20 to 30 feet off the ground. A safety system (belay system) is used with each activity.
Typical Full Day Program may include:
- Introduction and discussion of individual and group goals
- Warm up activities
- Discussion of personal, emotional, environmental, and physical safety
- Group initiatives and problem-solving activities
- Spotting techniques
- Low elements
- High elements
- Wrap-up Discussion