Differentiation of ropes courses
number of climbers (individual or team)
direction of climb (horizontal, vertical)
exposure to wind conditions (outdoor or indoor)
level of permanence (permanent, temporary, portable)
Elements placed low over the ground (participants’ feet are no more than 1.5 m above the ground) are considered LOW rope elements. They often do not require any belay system; careful spotting provided by other group members is enough. These elements serve mainly as a participant’s first contact with rope elements.
In contrast, elements installed high above the ground (1.5 m and up) are considered HIGH rope elements. Completing them requires personal protection equipment and a belay system to ensure the climber’s safety.
Ropes courses with elements installed in TREES are often called Ropes Parks. We believe that trees are an ideal location for ropes courses. Elements up in the treetops are very attractive to participants. In installing elements in trees we use technology that does not threaten the health of the trees and ensures their uninterrupted future growth and development. Trees adapt very well to built-in elements. During installation we do not drill or insert excessive iron pieces. So the process is minimally invasive and limited to tiny screws that in no way compromise the stability or health of the trees. Treetop ropes courses have a lifespan of over ten years and our goal is to extend that lifespan. We achieve this with careful regular maintenance of the elements as well as the trees themselves.
In addition to climbing on the elements, a forest environment is a natural environment for creating other group programs. The forest provides protection from the weather (too hot, too windy). It provides program participants with an excellent opportunity to spend their free time actively in the fresh air and a healthy natural environment.
If no mature trees or existing forest is available for installing rope elements, a ropes course on WOODEN POLES is the only option. Ropes courses built on poles have many advantages. One of the main advantages is being able to make our designs exactly according to the customer’s specifications regarding dimensions as well as design. With a perfected system for anchoring the columns, the long lifespan and low operational costs are advantages of these facilities. We have several dozen standard sample designs of varying size, but we can also prepare new designs on demand to match our customers’ needs exactly.
In the end of 2016 we have travelled to Pejë, Kosovo. Here at Shtepia Alpike Ranch ecofarm we started a construction of a new adventure park on poles. The adventure park will consist of 3 courses and a huge Team Swing. The adventure park is located on a hillside, which makes the building a bit more complicated. But the views over the city and surrounding countryside are fabulous. The plan is to finish before the end of January 2017 and to welcome first clients in March.
In May 2016 we have finalized a construction of a new adventure park near Breclav, Czech Republic. The adventure park which carries the name H-Park, is set up in the middle of huge oak trees. Together with a decent gastronomical background the place makes for a great venue for all South Moravian visitors and adventure addicts.