Campus Recreation is excited to offer nine Project Adventure, Inc. elements for the University at Albany Low Ropes Challenge Course. Please see below for more information.

Initiative Wall (Freestanding)

Element Structure: This element is a slight sloping 12-foot square wall face made of weather resistant MDO plywood. There is a spotting platform on the back of the wall from which participants can help other group members. There is also a user-friendly descent ladder. The slight angle on the face makes for an effective climbing and spotting experience. See Initiative Wall

Activity: The group is challenged to get up and over the wall within specific safety and spotting parameters.


Element Structure: The islands are three wooden platforms in a variety of sizes that are large enough to fit a group of approximately 10-12 participants. The wooden platforms are placed about six to eight feet apart. See Islands

Activity: Each group is challenged to use two planks that are both shorter than the distance between the platforms to traverse from the first to the last platform without the participants or the boards touching the ground. 

Mohawk Walk

Element Structure: One of the great low elements, the Mohawk Walk consists of a series of five knee-high cables tautly strung between a series of poles. See Mohawk Walk

Activity: The group must traverse from one end to the other without touching the ground. Cooperation and communication between group members are keys to successful completion.


Element Structure: A swing rope is one of the handiest items on a challenge course, because so many activities can be done with it. See Multiswing

Activity: The Multiswing is a classic element with incredible versatility - the basis being that group members swing from one point to another. 

Spider's Web

Element Structure: The Spider's Web consists of a bungee cord woven together in a web-like fashion to provide a classic group challenge. See Spider's Web

Activity: The challenge is to pass each group member through the web without touching the bungee. The Spider's Web activity may be framed in many different ways, from assigning consequences for "touches" to the web to "closing" holes after they have been traveled through.

Team Triangle

Element Structure: Three cables are hung loosely in a triangular formation between three support poles. Set on the ground in the center of the triangle is a wooden platform. See Team Triangle

Activity: The objective is for each individual in the group to move from the platform, touch each pole and return to the platform by using the cables and other group members for support. This is an extremely engaging activity.

T.P. Shuffle

Element Structure: The TP Shuffle is a traversing element that is similar to a balance beam. A utility pole is placed a few inches off the ground using supporting logs. See T.P. Shuffle

Activity: The traditional task is to have participants stand on the log and change positions without stepping off the log. This group challenge can also be completed with the group split into two teams, each beginning at opposite ends of the pole.

Whale Watch

Element Structure: The Whale Watch is a large wooden rectangular-shaped platform which is balanced on a low beam. It is usually six to eight feet in length. See Whale Watch

Activity: The group is challenged to use their weight to balance the platform so that the ends are not touching the ground.

Wild Woosey

Element Structure: Two cables, tautly supported approximately 18 inches above the ground, originate froma  single support pole or tree and diverge toward eyebolt anchors about 30 feet away. See Wild Woosey

Activity: The performance object of the Wild Woosey is for two people, while maintaining physical contact with one another, to move along the diverging cables as far as possible. The rest of the group spot and encourage the pair.