Capable individuals in effective teams form the basis of success.
A Challenge Course, or Ropes Course, is an experiential adventure program where participants push themselves individually, and as a group, through taking perceived and actual risks in order to achieve a common goal.
The challenges present in a Ropes Course are emotional, mental, and physical. These challenges can occur close to the ground in trust activities and group initiatives, as well as 20-40 feet above the ground in high ropes elements.
Experienced and skilled facilitators guide groups throughout the program while emphasizing the principals essential to a Challenge Ropes Course: safety, collaboration, and self-discovery.
Mother Lode adapts this experiential approach to effectively help a diverse population of participants learn awareness, teambuilding skills and problem solving. Our programs provide the material that enables teams to excel, meet objectives, and have fun.
To learn more about the Mother Lode River Center Challenge Ropes Course, watch our video and read on:
What We Offer
Mother Lode delivers quality programs in an incredibly beautiful setting. Our 19 acre, riverfront camp on the South Fork American River provides a relaxed, natural environment for our challenge programs. We are the only Challenge Ropes Course in California that includes river-based activities in our programs. Our riverside course is an exceptional resource for delivering experiences rich in meaning and practical application.
At Mother Lode, we pride ourselves on our:
- Experienced and Professional Facilitators
- Custom-Designed, Natural Tree Course
- Accredited Safety Standards
- Personalized Program Delivery
- 1/2 Day to Multi-Day Programs
- Customized Ropes & Rafting Program
Challenge Ropes Course & Teambuilding Programs
Low Element Half Day
Low Ropes Course elements consist of a series of real and imaginary obstacles designed to challenge groups and individuals to work together to accomplish a task while building trust and group cohesion. This group-oriented experience emphasizes morale and team building, communication, problem solving, leadership development, personal growth, and play.
Full Day Challenge Course
Develop your team or group in the morning at the low elements and then test your personal comfort zone with an exhilarating afternoon of climbing. Our high element challenge course activities are primarily individual challenges (aided by group support), which take place 20-40 feet above the ground in our California native Ponderosa Pine and Live Oak trees. Safety is maintained through the employment of technical climbing belay systems. High elements include the Leap of Faith, Pipe Dream, Balance Beam, Climbing Wall, and Zip Line.
High Element Half Day
This program incorporates some low elements to get your group focused and warmed up, then heads quickly into getting some air under your feet. The time required will depend on the number of participants and the desired number of high elements.
Ropes and Rafting
As a Ropes Course team we develop new skills; as a whitewater rafting crew we implement those skills on the river. Like life itself, the river is exhilarating, always changing and filled with obstacles; it requires cooperation, adaptability, courage, and clear thinking.
Whitewater rafting can be combined with half-day, or full day Challenge Ropes Course Programs. For example, you can add a half-day of whitewater rafting to any half-day Ropes Program. Spend your morning working together on the Challenge Ropes Course, and then head to the river for an exciting afternoon of whitewater rafting
For various whitewater rafting options, please refer to the River Trips page.