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High and Low Courses

High and Low Courses

Campus Recreation

High and Low Courses

Our Challenge Course is made up of 23 elements that contain both high and low  initiatives.

Click on the link below to learn more about our different elements.

     High Elements          Low Elements

Boson Chairs

Participants traverse the element by walking along free hanging boards that are connected to ropes above their heads.  This element is designed to build confidence and improve coordination and agility.

Burma Bridge

The element consists of 3 cables: 1 cable for a participant to walk on and 2 separate cables to hold on to.  This element is designed to be physically/mentally easier and help build self-esteem.

Cargo Net

Participants scale the progressively inclining 35 foot high cargo net to reach the top of the high course.  This element is designed to conquer fears and build confidence.

Double Catwalk

This element consists of 2 horizontal poles which are parallel to each other.  This element is designed to build self-esteem in participants and improve confidence.

Double Dip

This element is designed so that participants traverse across a cable while holding onto 2 drooping ropes.  Participants improve their coordination and build confidence as they cross this element

Floating Islands

Participants proceed through the element by stepping on "islands" either in a straight line or by using the "islands" located to either side of them.  This element is designed for multiple people to cross at the same time and is an excellent way to build trust, group cohesion, and improve communication skills.

Hour Glass

This element consists of 2 ropes that form an "X" and 1 rope that goes straight between them.  This element is designed to help participants conquer fears and overcome personal limitations.

Multi-vine Traverse

Using only the hanging "vines", participants must traverse the element on a foot cable.  This element is great for an individual or partnership challenge and is ideal for building trust and improving communication between 2 people.

Pirates Crossing

Participants must cross this element on a foot cable and can only hold onto 2 crisscrossing ropes.  This element is designed to help build self-esteem and improve confidence.

Swinging Log

Participants must traverse across the element via a free-hanging log.  Participants gain confidence in themselves as they cross the element without holding onto anything.

Swinging Steps

Participants cross this element by stepping on "swinging steps."  This element is designed improve coordination and build confidence.

Zip line

Participants exit the high course on exhilarating trip down the zip line.  This element is ideal for building trust and confidence, as well as conquering fears.

Flying Squirrel

A participant in a full body harness is attached to one of a rope and a group of 8+ people are attached to the other end of the rope (the center of the rope is connected to a pulley system 30 ft above the participants). The participant and the group run in opposite directions and the participant simulates a "flying squirrel" by being hoisted into their air.  The element breaks down fears and improves teamwork by working together and trusting/supporting each other.

Giants Ladder

Two participants work together to climb rungs that are increasingly spaced apart of a free hanging "giant ladder."  Group members improve critical thinking skills, develop trust, and enhance communication as the work together to figure out how to climb the "giant ladder."

Pamper Pole

The participant must climb to the top of a pole and then leap off the top in an attempt to touch a hanging buoy.  This element is ideal for breaking down fears and developing trust in group members.

Mohawk Walk

The goal of this element is for participants to traverse across the length of several cables as a group.  Participants gain patience, enhance communication skills, and improve critical thinking skills by working as a group and utilizing each other's strengths.


Nitro Crossing

One at a time participants use a rope to cross the "canyon" and attempt to land into a designated area.  Participants must develop a strategy and work together to get everyone across to the other side.

Nitro Slide

Participants must glide over a "canyon" via a "trolley" which is connected to a cable above them.  Participants must work together and strategize how to get the entire group across the "canyon" since only a few people may ride the "trolley" at one time.


Spider's Web

A "spider's web" of crisscrossing rope separates participants from getting to the other side of the element.  Participants must devise a plan to get all participants through the web without touching the rope.

The Wall

The objective of this element is to get an entire group up and over the 12 foot wall safely.  Group members over come fears, develop physical/emotional trust, and improve communication through teamwork.


Triangle Tension Traverse

Group members must traverse across 3 cables in a triangular formation without touching the ground.  This element is ideal for improving group cohesion by supporting and encouraging each other.

Whale Watch

Group members must get onto a teetering platform and figure out how to balance it.  This element emphasizes the importance of communication, patience, and teamwork.

Wild Woozy

The objective is for two people, traverse across two progressively widening cables as far as they can without falling.  This element is excellent for improving communication and building physical/emotional trust.


Participants traverse across a series of posts using boards varying in length.  Groups gain critical thinking skills and improve communication by working together and problem solving how to navigate from one end of the element to the other.

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