Challenge Course Programs

About Our Courses

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Appalachian State University offers challenging, goal-oriented courses to on-campus groups and organizations, both on-and-off the ground. Our courses are consistent with the Appalachian way in that they are both valuable and affordable. The interactions on our courses are facilitated to create a strong sense of community, break down barriers, and are custom-designed to meet the needs of your group. Our challenge course programs consist of four separate structures:

Low Ropes - The low ropes elements are structured activities that are literally low-to-the-ground and consist of a series of ground-based initiatives and elements. The program primarily focuses on fostering teamwork and individual leadership skills. Field games and initiatives encourage group interaction and communication. Low course elements consisting of a series of ropes, cables, and logs, provide groups and individuals the opportunity to participate in a series of challenging and fun activities. Programs are tailor-made to the needs and goals of the group. Debriefing questions are facilitated after activities by the group leaders.

  • Group Interaction Course: A combination of several low elements consisting of the spider web, whale watch, zig zap, the wall and more.
  • Team Development Course: Team building low element series that allows participants to embark on an adventurous and challenging mission, a "new" experience from traditional low ropes programs

High Ropes - The high ropes elements are challenging activities that are literally high-above-the-ground. This experiential adventure program offers a series of ropes, cables, and high-above-the-ground logs and is geared more toward individual challenges. The challenges enable participants to expand their comfort zones—sometimes dramatically—and recognize fears that may block personal achievement. Most activities teach balance, coordinator and concentration along with a great sense of confidence and positive view of self.

  • Alpine Tower: A 50' tall self-supporting structure the provides unique challenge and team oriented experiences for groups.
  • High Ropes: A 40' tall structure consisting of a combination of several high elements located in the trees including a swing bridge, vine walk, two-line bridge and more.