Background

High Ropes Courses

Traditionally ropes courses have been built amongst the aesthetic environment of mature trees. Today, there are other options that allow for greater flexibility in design and function, not withstanding the enhanced safety benefits. The elements range in complexity and difficulty allowing the course to be designed to meet the specific requirements of the user group.
Personal and group outcomes can be achieved through challenging design, a balanced combination of activities and stringent safety standards.
Ropes courses, high or low in nature develop and test flexibility, strength, balance and agility, whilst promoting, good decision making skills, an environment to overcome fear of heights, team building, confidence and mutual trust.
High Ropes Course Infrastructure
High ropes courses can be installed on, trees (carefully assessed for their suitability), plantation timber poles, galvanised steel poles, towers or existing structures.
Trees: The aesthetic appeal, natural movement and leafy surrounds make mature trees a popular choice for many facilitators. Factors such as weather, disease and maintenance of the trees are important considerations when deciding on the use of trees.
Plantation Timber Poles: Often trees are not available, requiring the use of timber poles. Consistent height and a height relevant to the end user, makes this a viable option.
Maintaining the natural feel can be a deciding factor against other alternatives. The treated poles provide a high level of protection from natural processes. Timber poles and timber components provide a unique aesthetic appeal.
Galvanised / powder coated Steel Poles: Hot dipped galvanised or powder coated poles coupled with concrete foundations are used when specific requirements of the environmental conditions prevail. Typically this requires all other components to be manufactured in steel, although timber components can ‘soften’ the expanses of steel. All connection fittings are galvanised or stainless steel.
Towers: Timber poles or steel structures with timber, plywood or fibreglass panelling can be used as the basis of the ropes course. Often used in combination with trees or poles, this option allows the added benefit of abseiling, rock climbing, vertical challenge activities, the launching place for zip lines and the starting point for high ropes elements.
Existing structures: If an appropriate existing structure exists it can be used in the same manner as customised towers.
Design
High Ropes Course can be designed to facilitate the specific needs of the facilitator and the user groups. They can be configured in many ways but most follow the traditional styles of linear or circuit courses. Often, the traditional courses are combined with vertical challenge activities, towers, leap of faith and initiative activities to create a combination course. These activities can be linked together or constructed as a standalone element.
Linear Courses: Linear courses allow for smooth and relatively quick movement of participants through the course and often finish with a zip line, abseil or other lowering off activity.
Circuit Courses: Courses with the start and finish point being the same place minimises the number of staff required to conduct the activity. If a continuous belay system is used it is possible to conduct the activity with one person only.
Standalone Elements: These elements often require dynamic belay systems, safety systems that require group cooperation or auto belay devices. They require a greater time allocation, but the outcomes for the individual and/or group can be very constructive and rewarding.
Customised Courses: At Rock Technology Climbing we go to great lengths to customised your ropes course and associated activities. If you have specific ideas, difficult locations, existing courses that need to be revitalised or want something completely different, then we can assist you.
Belay Systems: safety systems are suited to specific scenarios therefore each element or activity is assess to match it with the most suitable belay system. Dynamic belays, static belays, auto belays and continuous belays are the options available to enable all aspects of the ropes course to be safe and efficient.