American Explorers

 

American Explorers and the Mountain Sky Guest Ranch collaborated with The Active Learning Group and Project Adventure to design and construct the Big Creek Challenge Course, a state-of-the-art facility capable of serving the needs of multiple user groups while blending with the natural environment.

The Big Creek Challenge Course includes high and low elements built on telephone poles.1 Two safety/belay technologies are employed: dynamic and static. The dynamic belay utilizes a safety team on the ground while the static belay clips the user into each element utilizing a “smart key” system that ensures the user is on belay at all times. The high elements are placed in three different clusters with two additional peak activities located in separate but nearby locations. The low elements are spread around the program area.

All Challenge Course use is under the supervision of American Explorers staff, trained in risk management and facilitation. We work to facilitate all challenge course activities to fit our partner group’s interests and time needs.

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1 * With the exception of a few trees, the course is constructed entirely on telephone poles. We elected to use poles rather than trees to ensure greater longevity of the course and less maintenance. The course was designed to minimize the need to remove trees or ground vegetation and the poles were placed in and around existing trees for a “natural” look.

 

American Explorers and the Mountain Sky Guest Ranch collaborated with The Active Learning Group and Project Adventure to design and construct the Big Creek Challenge Course, a state-of-the-art facility capable of serving the needs of multiple user groups while blending with the natural environment.

The Big Creek Challenge Course includes high and low elements built on telephone poles.1 Two safety/belay technologies are employed: dynamic and static. The dynamic belay utilizes a safety team on the ground while the static belay clips the user into each element utilizing a “smart key” system that ensures the user is on belay at all times. The high elements are placed in three different clusters with two additional peak activities located in separate but nearby locations. The low elements are spread around the program area.

All Challenge Course use is under the supervision of American Explorers staff, trained in risk management and facilitation. We work to facilitate all challenge course activities to fit our partner group’s interests and time needs.

basecamp-map

1 * With the exception of a few trees, the course is constructed entirely on telephone poles. We elected to use poles rather than trees to ensure greater longevity of the course and less maintenance. The course was designed to minimize the need to remove trees or ground vegetation and the poles were placed in and around existing trees for a “natural” look.


Course Design

  • 9 “high” challenge elements (ex: Islands in the Sky, Wild Woosey)
  • 3 “adventure” elements (ex: Zipline, Swing Shot)
  • 4 “low” team elements (ex: Mohawk Walk, Full House)

For a more comprehensive description of the layout and elements of the Big Creek Challenge Course, download this description.

 

Course Design

  • 9 “high” challenge elements (ex: Islands in the Sky, Wild Woosey)
  • 3 “adventure” elements (ex: Zipline, Swing Shot)
  • 4 “low” team elements (ex: Mohawk Walk, Full House)

For a more comprehensive description of the layout and elements of the Big Creek Challenge Course, download this description.