23. May 2011 10:52
My daughter's soccer team had an end of the season party at Bodies in Motion, which has an indoor high ropes course. It was exhausting, but was a BLAST!
A high ropes course is a specialized obstacle course that is up in the air. There are various climbing, balancing, and swinging elements that must be negotiated. There is also some sort of belay system setup so that people won't fall and die.
The course at Bodies in Motion has six different platforms that are joined by obstacle sections. Also, there are cables running over the obstacles that you clip into (that is the belay system). When you reach the next platform, you just transfer your clips to the next cable section and work through the next obstacle. Probably my favorite obstacle was a series of six or seven wooden swings that you could walk across fairly easily once you got the rhythm - if you hesitated too long, you lost your momentum and it became really tough. Some of the obstacles required a person to be taller than my daughter and her friends so they had to work together to push/pull each other through.
The downside was that it was indoors at the top of a big room so it was really hot. High ropes sauna anyone?
The high ropes course can be a fun challenge as well as a great team building exercise.