This is a seven element course starting near the ground and ending at a zip line, 50 feet high. Participants traverse ropes to get to different platforms and hop across floating wooden islands suspended between trees. Climbers must then tackle a horizontal ladder to a bridge. The final element is a 475 foot zip line ride back to the ground.
Using cables and ropes, wood platforms, posts or beams strung among trees or poles, teams will explore risk taking, leadership and communication. Participants can walk tightropes, negotiate obstacles, climb walls and navigate through various “spider” webs to reach the end of the course.
A group of 18-30 participants requires 2 facilitators. The ideal group size is 15.
The climbing tower has multiple walls that can accommodate beginners and advanced climbers. Participants are connected by a harness to a rope which is attached to either a belayer or a team belay.
Camp Archbald’s climbing tower, referred to as Nook Tower is a 4 sided tower. Each wall offers 2 participants to climb/rappel at the same time. There are 2 different climbing walls, a rappel wall and a vertical playpen. At the top of the climbing tower stands a platform where a zip line is connected.
Camp Small Valley’s climbing tower is a 3 sided tower. Each wall offers participants a chance to climb at the same time. There are 2 different climbing walls and a vertical playpen. There isn't a zip line attached to this climbing tower.
All participants must go through the ‘5’ Finger Contract and listen to the introduction regarding the rules of the course. A group of 15 requires 1 facilitator for the climbing wall. The larger the groups, the more useful it is to have additional facilitators but not required. If you intend on using the zip line at Camp Archbald, you will be required to have a minimum of 2 facilitators.
This activity requires group participation. The participant wears a harness and climbs a ladder to get connected to equipment. Once the participant is hanging approximately 10 feet off of the ground, the team or remainder of the group will be instructed to grab the tow line and begin to pull it. The further the team pulls the higher the participant goes.
One facilitator is required for this element. It is recommended to combine the Giant Swing and Leap of Faith together for the 4 hour time commitment.
The Leap of Faith participant climbs staples (pegs) to reach a platform situated approximately 50 feet in the air is attached to a tree. There are two team belays that connect to the participant. The team belays will need the remainder of the team to help with this activity. The participant will jump off the platform and try to reach the rope.
Your facilitator will review the ‘5’ Finger Contract. One facilitator is required for this element. It is recommended to combine the Giant Swing and Leap of Faith together for the 4 hour time commitment.