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Ropes Course

What is a Ropes Course?
The course consists of a series of suspended elements on which individuals can climb using the required equipment. These elements are not created for professional sportsmen or climbers, they are parts of the educational methods used by Outward Bound Romania.
The ropes course is divided in low and high elements hanging between 3 and 10 meters from the ground. The participants first engage in the low elements in order to become acclimated to the equipment.   Afterwards they can progress to higher elements.
The Ropes Course elements consist of steel cables and beams and meet international standards of safety.

What is the purpose of a Ropes Course?
 "It is an efficient means for personal and group development in outdoor activities."
Chris Loynes, Adventure Education Guru!

    *       It offers adventure and a feeling of success.
    *       Contributes to self-knowledge, self reliance and the extension of one's limits.
    *       Develops leadership abilities.
    *       Develops communication skills, strategic planning and decision making.
    *       Helps shape and strenghten team-spirit.
    *       Develops confidence /trust between members of the group.

Who can participate on the Ropes Course?
Any participant between 12 and 80 can use the Ropes Garden. The successfull use of it doesn't require phisical strength.

Ropes Course's Elements

Climbing wall

Measuring 8 m height and 4 m wide, the climbing wall offers the possibility of 2 ranges at the same time, with different difficulty levels. The aim is to climb up the top of the wall.
At first sight it may seem to be an individual activity with no team work. However, climbers are belayed by fellow team members, and encouragement from colleagues is key in the successful navigation of this element.



Parallel beams

This element is made up of two beams of 8 m in length each, adjoined at a height of 3 m, parallel with the floor. They are close to each other at one end and the distance between them grows towards the other end. Two participants, each on their own beam, have to cross the beams from one end to the other, helping each other along the way. The two "climbers" are belayed by their team members. Challenge, responsibility, trust, overcoming fear and joy are key points implied by this element. It's a lasting experience, which can lead to important changes in the professional and every day life on the part of the participants.

Jacob's Ladder Two participants are helping each other to reach the top of the Jacob's ladder
This element requries two participants and teamwork is a must for its successful completion.  As the name suggests, it is a huge ladder measuring 8 m height and 2.5 m wide. It has 5 steps, each of which are connected by steal cables. The bottom step is 1.2 m in  height and the distance between the steps grows progressively. The two must climb the ladder helping each other, without touching the cables.


The Wall The whole group needs to pay attention to climb the wall
This element consists of a wooden wall measuring 4x4 m. The task is that each member of a group reach the top of the wall with help of the team.  Once the individual reaches the top there is no going back and he/she must assist the fellow team members.




Encountering Ships

Two persons stand at two opposite ends of a beam measuring 5 m in height. They start at the same time towards the other end of the beam holding only a rope attached from the mooring mast. They meet in the middle and have to change places and ropes in order to advance toward the opposite end.





The Trapeze

Everyone knows this jump from the circus, but here you can try it.  All you have to do is to climb up the 5 m height pole and jump to catch a trapeze which is suspended at 6.5 m height.




Belaying Method
You may ask yourself, "what is the purpose of these elements in which one or two people participate in a teambuilding program?" The answer is very simple: while the two participants are climbing, the rest of the team members are belaying them. One climber is belayed by a team of three people.  The first member serves as the belayer while the second member "feeds" the belayer rope.  The third member in the equation serves as a "spotter" for the belayer by anchoring him/her to the ground.  Before implementation of ropes elements everyone goes through a  belaying school where they learn all the necessary skills for ensuring safety.

We hope to have sparked your interest, now that you have a better understanding of what is involved on the Outward Bound ropes courses.  Our trainers are highly qualified for ensuring the safety of a course for all participants, even if there has been no previous experience in this kind of activities.

Ropes Course is well worth the experience!