Pine Mountain Adventures:: Ropes Course

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What are the origins of the ropes course?

In the early days of World War II, ropes courses were developed as a form of military training that required teamwork from soldiers. The name “ropes course” originates with these early versions that consisted of ropes strung from trees or other structures to create a series of obstacles that provide physical and mental challenges for individuals and groups. Pine Mountain Adventures utilizes ropes courses that have come a long way from the early days. The ropes have been replaced with steel cables and forged steel bolts, and all of our courses are equipped with high-tech belay devices and safety systems.

Are ropes courses safe?

At Pine Mountain Adventures, safety comes first. Courses are designed, built, maintained and run by ropes course professionals. We use state-of-the art safety equipment at all ropes course sites. On the ropes course the actual risk is very low. It is the perceived risk that provides powerful experiences that can be used to foster personal and team growth.

What is the difference between high and low ropes course challenges?

During Challenge (Low Ropes) Course challenges, the focus is on the team. A group of initiative games sequenced together are designed for increasing efficiency of team members in the workplace. The trust, communication, and risk taking ability learned in the corporate workshops translate into a more cohesive and productive team at work.These activities draw on the knowledge and ideas of every group member and require the participation and cooperation of the entire team for success.

The High Ropes Course challenges provide further opportunities for teamwork with an additional emphasis on individual challenges. The high elements provide opportunities for participants to expand their comfort zones, sometimes dramatically and to overcome fears that can block personal development and achievement. Pine Mountain Adventures' approach encourages interaction on the high elements by having team members control the belay system and provide support for the climbers, which is critical to success on the high elements.

Do I have to be in good shape?

The beauty of the ropes courses is that everyone can participate, regardless of physical ability or athletic experience. There are no failures on the ropes course. Pine Mountain Adventures uses a challenge by choice approach so that each participant measures success by his or her own aspirations.

What if I'm afraid of heights?

If someone is afraid of heights, simply climbing a foot or two up a tree can be a major accomplishment and source of pride. If a participant chooses not to attempt an event, we respect this decision and offer other ways in which the person can participate including providing support through belaying, coaching or spotting.

What if the weather is bad the day of our ropes course?

Typically ropes course team building programs will run rain or shine. In the event of lightning or high winds we will take a break to see if the weather clears. Repeatedly, participants report that inclement weather actually added to the excitement and level of adventure of their ropes course team building program.

How long does a ropes course take?

We can customize a ropes course for a half-day, full day or multi-day, depending on your needs. Please see our Ropes Course Team Building Sample Agenda.

Where are Pine Mountain Adventures' ropes courses located?

Our custom ropes course programs can be hosted at Callaway in Pine Mountain, Georgia or at a location near you.

What is orienteering?

Orienteering is a sport based on the ancient skill of using a map and compass to find ones way. Courses are designed to meet a variety of skill levels from beginner to advanced. Orienteering Courses can be set up in a variety of locations from city parks to wilderness areas.

How does Pine Mountain Adventures use orienteering?

Pine Mountain Adventures uses orienteering to meet the various needs of its clients. Some groups utilize orienteering as a teambuilding activity, while others use it as a fun challenging activity. Pine Mountain Adventures can also incorporate orienteering into scavenger hunts or use it to simulate an “Amazing Race.”