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Ropes Course


New this year, we have teamed up with the ABEE - Adventure Based Experiential Educators, Inc ( to showcase the brand new addition to the UW – Eau Claire Eagle’s View Ropes Course and offer training and development for those who already have a ropes course and/or a climbing wall or are thinking of adding these elements to their program. In addition, our own Al Wiberg will lead an ABEE, Inc. Level I Site Specific Climbing Wall Certification for those wanting to advance their skills.

We have several opportunities for experiencing our ropes course and professional development:

Student Ropes Course Experience

Wednesday, October 9

3:00-5:30 pm at the Ropes Course

Meet at the Environmental Adventure Center (EAC) at 3:00 pm (Parking Permits Required/Provided) or park on your own, there is FREE parking: Murray and McPhee lots after 4:30pm; F rows in Towers and Governors after 3:00pm or 6:00pm (refer to signs). Meters are enforced 8:00am – 9:00pm seven days a week.

This student event will challenge you to step out of your comfort zone by participating in activities that range from ground level up to 30 feet off the ground! Students will develop skills in problem solving, communication, decision making, trust, as well as gain a strong sense of self-worth and accomplishment.

* If participating in a pre-conference activity, students may arrive late to the Ropes Course *

Education Sessions:

Thursday, October 10

9:15am, 10:15am, and 11:15am

Session 1:     Ropes Course/Outdoor Recreation Round Table
                       Location: Hilltop Lounge
                       During this round table we will discuss areas of interest,
                       concerns and trends in the industry. It’s our hope that 
                       these discussions will open further dialog for the upcoming

Session 2:     What does it take to manage a successful Challenge
                     Course Program?

                       Location: Eagle’s View Challenge Ropes Course
                       This session will focus on what it takes to operate and
                       manage a successful Challenge Course. Topics that will be
                       discussed include annual operating expenses, i.e. course
                       maintenance, annual inspections, staff
                       training/certifications,  staffing model and

Session 3:     Challenge Course Designs
                       Location: Eagle’s View Challenge Ropes Course
                       In this session we will tour the Eagle’s View Challenge
                       Ropes Course and discuss considerations in program design
                       and ACCT standards for construction and inspections.