Wilkes University

Low and High Ropes

How do low ropes and high ropes events differ?

In general terms, low ropes events lend themselves to more intensive teambuilding and improved communication, due mainly to the nature of the challenges. High ropes events tend to focus more on individual growth and overcoming adversity, while still in the context of operating as a member of a larger team.  

All of our Low Ropes elements offer a variety of mental and physical challenges as well as fun for each individual. Low Ropes elements promote group bonding, trust, teamwork, conflict resolution, communication and problem solving within a group. Typically the groups on low elements range from five to approximately fifteen people.    

One of the unique things about the Low Ropes course is that there are a variety of different elements that can be constructed using the same equipment. The challenges can be made skill-specific, depending on the goals of the group. The Low Ropes Course is deceiving since participants are not up in the air like the High Ropes, but in many ways it is just as challenging

All of our High Ropes elements offer physical and mental challenges. Our High Ropes course is comprised of five elements: the Leap of Faith, Flying Squirrel, Vertical Playpen, Surfer’s Shuffle, and the Giant’s Ladder. Participants are confronted with a series of challenges that test their resolve, problem solving and leadership skills and trust for one another.

Challenges also examine individual and cultural similarities and differences. The course is a great tool for fostering personal and professional development.  The facilitators of the Step Up Rock Wall and Ropes Course are Wilkes University staff, faculty and student leaders. The Step-Up staff represents diverse backgrounds and experiences that enhance our programming and helps to shape our initiatives, making each experience unique. The staff is trained and certified in belaying and facilitating challenge course elements. As part of their training, the staff must complete all of the low and high elements. Therefore, they know first-hand what challenges may arise, and they have the ability to relate to participants completing the course. 

As an extension of our training, we now offer Step Up Corporate Training. We have established relationships with Leadership Wilkes-Barre as well as several other local businesses and non-profits. Step Up Corporate Training is an excellent way to develop trust, communication and problem-solving abilities among team members of any business or management level. Click on the above link for more detailed information, pricing and testimonials.

Reservations for the course are to be made at least four weeks in advance to ensure a detailed agenda, the correct amount of staff and that all forms are filled out and returned to Wilkes University. The group must fill out a Course Registration Form and each participant must fill out a liability waiver that will be provided by Wilkes University. 


If you have any questions, please contact:

Jill Price
Adventure Education Program Coordinator
Phone: (570) 408-4036