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Adventure parks

Ropes courses for everyone who likes fun, adventure, adrenaline and unforgettable experiences. The most common type of belay is self-belay.

Ropes courses for education and developement

Ropes courses primarily using assisted top rope belay, which requires more cooperation and communication among participants. This type is therefore suitable for educational and training purposes.

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Adventure parks

A set of elements mostly set up horizontally one after the other to form a cohesive track for participants to complete. Several tracks can be built at once and are usually differentiated (preferably using colors or numbers) by difficulty. After training with an instructor, participants set out on their chosen track. Every tree (or column) has wooden platforms on which individual climbers can either pass others up or rest and gather their strength for the next section. The elements are continuously alternated with all kinds of zip wires, jumps and swings, so that completing them is diverse and entertaining. The whole time participants actively see to their own safety and belay themselves on designated belay points using climbing gear. The way down usually involves a Zip wire landing on the ground or in a net.

Who are they suitable for

Both individuals and groups can participate in the program. The usual clients are families, children, school groups and business groups without a clearly defined goal.

Staff requirements

2 instructors are usually necessary for 25 participants. These numbers can vary depending on the arrangement and height of elements, age of participants, instructor experience, etc.

Where and on what to build them

Ropes courses can be built in trees or on poles and are an ideal choice for regions with large numbers of tourists, adrenaline parks and recreational centers, camps and hotels.

Ropes courses for education and developement

A course of high and low rope elements with jumps, a tower or zip line. It can have both vertical and horizontal high rope elements. Climbers usually climb up from the ground onto the element on special clamps (if on wooden columns) or ladders (if in trees). They complete the element belayed by their colleagues on the ground using rock climbing rope and belaying tools. After climbing across the element the climber climbs down again or is lowered back to the ground. After an unsuccessful attempt the climber is lowered to the ground in the same way on the rock climbing rope by colleagues.    

Who are they suitable for

The programs have a clear given structure and are primarily recommended for groups. The most common clients include school and business groups aiming to develop personal and social skills.

Staff requirements

These courses place more demands on instructors, who in addition to leading the program on the high elements, belay training and rescuing participants from high elements when needed, must also carry out expert work with groups. A successful instructor must be able to introduce games involving dynamics and problem solving, lead feedback and empathetically guide a group through the whole ropes course program. One experienced instructor can safely work with approx. 12 participants. The instructor’s main task is to watch over the group and lead them methodically through the program – not to belay individual participants. 

Where and on what to build them

Ropes courses are usually built on wooden poles, although it is also possible to build them using trees. They are an ideal choice for school equipment or city centers.