High elements are approximately 30 feet off the ground.
During the high element activities facilitators may supervise participants by moving
from element to element as needed. All high elements will use a dynamic belay system
that allows the belayer to lower the climber at any time during the activity. Belay
school is a mandatory activity that takes place prior to participating on the high
elements and covers necessary safety procedures such as clipping into the climbing
system, belaying, and back up belaying.
During belay school the group is broken down into belay teams that include a climber,
belayer, and back up belayer. Participants should be told that they are responsible
for their teams safety and should double check all harnesses, knots, clip-ins, and
belay techniques. Facilitators need to explain how to use the following equipment:
ropes, harnesses, carabineers, belay devices, and helmets.
- Bosuns Chairs
- Description: A cable strung between two poles approximately 25-30 feet long with swings
suspended from the cable.
- Objective: For participants to travel from one end to the other using the swings.
- Cat Walk
- Description: A utility pole is connected horizontally between two vertical poles.
- Objective: To walk across the horizontal log without holding onto the climbing rope.
- Heebie Jeebie
- Description: One foot cable and two hand lines that cross on a diagonal from the poles
to the foot cable.
- Objective: To cross the cable from one end to the other using the two hand lines for
- Pamper Pole
- Description: A cable strung between two poles 20 to 20 feet apart with a small bell
suspended from it. The belay cable is usually 30-36 inches above the bottom cable.
The climbers pole is positioned five to seven feet back from the bell. A Just Right
belay device is used to lower participants after they jump.
- Objective: For participant to climb the pole, stand on top, and leap to ring the bell.
- Postman's Walk
- Description: Two cables strung between two poles approximately 5 feet apart. One is
walked on and the other is held on to. The length of the cable varies.
- Objective: To cross the cables maintain foot contact with the bottom cable and hand
contact on the chest-high cable.
- Giants Ladder
- Description: A giant ladder made of eight foot beams and cables. The ladder is suspended
from an overhead cable. The distance between beams starts around 4 1/2 feet and increases
in distance by 1/2 foot as climbers progress upward.
- Objective: For one or two climbers to ascend to the top of the ladder. The cable side
supports cannot be used for support or climbing.
- Description: Two parallel cables strung between two poles or trees. The lower cable
is the foot cable, and the other cable has several multi vine ropes hanging vertically
- Objective: Climb up the pole and traverse the foot cable using the multi vine vine
ropes for balance.