Traditional high rope courses are typically used as a team-building tool for any group seeking common goals such as building trust, communication and teamwork between participants. Programs usually involve some activities on the ground and low and high ropes course challenges. Activities are structured as problem-solving exercises intended to explore the challenges individuals face within an organization and teach individuals to work together. While some elements may look similar, ropes course obstacles are typically built as standalone activities instead of individual parts of a whole.
The safety equipment, particularly the belay system, is one of the biggest differentiating factors between aerial adventure parks and high ropes courses. The belay system in an aerial adventure park keeps participants attached to the components throughout the course. You’re also expected to operate your own belay system, which often includes a smart belay or dual-carabiner belay system that requires at least one carabiner to be attached at all times.
Participants in a high ropes course are usually belayed from the ground with a dynamic belay that’s operated either by a facilitator or by colleagues within your group. Team belay systems require multiple participants to take responsibility for various aspects and often feed through a pulley-like system.