A Challenge Course, or Ropes Course, is an experiential adventure course where participants push themselves individually, and as a group, through taking perceived and actual risks in order to achieve a common goal. 

The challenges of a Ropes Course are physical, mental and emotional. These challenges occur close to the ground in trust activities and group initiatives, as well as 20-40 feet above the ground. Experienced and skilled facilitators guide groups throughout the program while emphasizing the principals essential to a Challenge Ropes Course: safety, collaboration, and self-discovery.

Challenge Ropes Course Programs

Low Elements: 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.  This group-oriented experience emphasizes morale and team building, communication, problem solving, leadership development, personal growth, and play.

High Elements: 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. Once your group is prepped, you will receive a thorough safety talk before you begin rotating through our five different high elements 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.

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.

How does this benefit my child?

Our Youth Challenge Course programs utilize experiential learning principals emphasizing:DSC_0042

-Life Skills Development
-Personal Growth
-Self-Esteem
-Trust
-Problem Solving
-Self-Discovery
-Responsibility

As students work together through a physically, mentally and emotionally challenging ropes course, leadership skills and teamwork are the main focus. Observation, discussion, organization, debriefing and physical activity play a central role in every exercise.

A Challenge Course, or Ropes Course, is an experiential adventure program where participantspush themselves individually, and as a group, through taking perceived and actual risksin 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 Course: safety, collaboration, and self-discovery.

How does this benefit my organization?IMG_1722

Our corporate challenge course utilizes a powerful experiential learning model in an outdoor adventure context to develop meaningful relationships between your team members. Our program model is a sequential process which begins with simple tasks and culminates in complex challenges fostering development and practice of skills essential to team productivity and cohesiveness: trust, communication, risk-taking, decision making and conflict resolution. The program is designed to challenge participants on various levels: physically, intellectually and emotionally – all within a framework of support and safety.

How much does it cost?

Due to the wide variety of challenge ropes course programs we offer, Mother Lode has designed a pricing structure to meet these needs. Click on the heading above to direct yourself to our prices for this season. If you have any additional questions regarding pricing, please feel free to give our office a call Monday-Friday from 9AM-5PM at (530) 626-4187.