Low ropes course workshops

“The activities brought our team together and showed how important every single person was.”

UW Student

The low ropes course consists of elements constructed of wood, cable, and rope that range in height from one foot to 12 feet off the ground.  The elements, because of their height off the ground, and the level of difficulty, increases the perceived level of challenge and requires groups to really work together to accomplish a task.  It is imperative that people rely on one another to work through the challenges.

The typical length of a low ropes course workshop is 2-4 hours.  The longer you can spend with us, the more your group will get out of the workshop!  The focus of the workshop will be on the low ropes course elements, but we may complement those activities with group games and initiatives as appropriate to meet your goals.

We are more than happy to discuss with you what kind of low ropes course programming we can offer your group, so feel free to contact us at alps@studentlife.wisc.edu.

To request a workshop, complete our Workshop Request Form.

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Availability, Group size, Requesting a workshop

Our low ropes course is open April 1st-November 1st

Minimum group size:  8 people

Maximum group size:  50.  We can and have accommodated groups as large as 150 people on our low ropes course.  We are more than happy to talk about how we can accommodate your larger group.

Requests must be received at least 3 weeks before the requested workshop date to have the best chance of scheduling a workshop.  Workshop requests received two weeks before the requested date have a good chance of being staffed.  Requests received less than a week before the date are unlikely to be staffed.  For larger groups, we appreciate as much time as possible to plan for your group and to make sure we have enough staff for your workshop.  Sending in your request a month in advance of your requested date (or more) would be appreciated.

To request a workshop, complete our Workshop Request Form.

What will your group get out of a low ropes course experience?

Low ropes courses are excellent for focusing on the following goals:

  • Trust
  • Communication
  • Support
  • Building community
  • Being vulnerable
  • Challenge
  • Bonding as a group
  • Teambuilding
  • Leadership
  • Problem solving
  • Resilience
  • Self-efficacy
  • Confidence
  • Having fun

Elements at the low ropes course

We utilize two low ropes courses, one located at the high ropes course (Kennedy Elementary School) and one located at our own course near the UW Physical Sciences Lab.  The elements at both locations are listed below: