Great for schools,
universities, field houses, park
districts and more. ESI can design
an Indoor Solution perfect for
Ropes courses can be seen as the ultimate group or team challenge. Ropes
courses are a combination of both vertical challenges and horizontal challenges,
constructed from wood, cable and ropes installed above the ground and
strung between trees, wood poles or steel framework. Ropes courses can
be built both indoors and outside.
When groups or individuals go up on a ropes course there is a great
opportunity for them to learn about risk taking, their own perceived
limits, how they perform under pressure, how they give and receive
support from other people, and how working with others collaboratively
can help an individual achieve more than they thought they could
Ropes courses can be tailored for use with a wide variety of
populations and facilitated to accommodate a wide spectrum of group
dynamics. ESI builds ropes courses for professional organizations who
train high performance work teams, non profit development organizations,
treatment facilities, summer camps, resorts, conference centers and
ESI will work closely with you and your organization to develop a
ropes course consisting of the appropriate activities for the type of
groups you will be serving and appropriate for your site and
Types of courses
Static Belay* or maze courses allow for the
whole group or a portion of the group to all experience the
ropes course together. All elements are linked together.
Participants have options at each transition point.
With dynamic belay* elements one participant at
a time goes up and completes the activity. This allows the group
to focus on that one person. These types of courses can be one
single element or a series of single elements.
*Belay refers to how the participant
is hooked into the safety system.
Trees or poles?
Ropes courses can be built in trees or on
utility poles, or a combination of the two.
Courses may also be constructed indoors,
such as on the trusses of a gymnasium. Each
type of course has advantages and
disadvantages, and ESI can help you
determine what will best meet your needs.
- Trees are esthetically pleasing, and
the course will have a feeling of being
a part of nature.
- The initial cost a of a tree course
can be significantly less.
- As a part of the ecosystem, tress
can be damaged by natural forces or die.
- Since the tree is living and
growing, any costs saved in initial
construction may need to be spent on
maintenance and repair over time.
- The lay-out of the course is
confined to the trees on site, and may
require removal of some trees.
- Not all tree species are appropriate
for ropes course construction.
- Poles are treated and remain
constant for a long period of time.
- The course lay-out can be designed
in any configuration.
- Location of course can be chosen,
and put on sites without natural
- Pole courses generally require less
- Poles are not as esthetically
pleasing, and the course will be more
- Poles add to the initial cost of
Below, is a sampling of the many high ropes course elements
that are available to choose from.
Leap Of Faith