Low Ropes Course

The University at Albany Low Ropes Challenge Course provides a fun and interactive team-building opportunity in a safe environment. Participants are encouraged to take risks, both personally and as a team, fostering a sense of trust and self-confidence. Successful completion of each stage of the challenge relies upon communication, cooperation and creative thinking. Whether your group is coming together for the first time or has been together for years we can customize a workshop to meet your needs.

Challenge By Choice

The Low Ropes Challenge Course is a non-competitive program based in a Challenge by Choice philosophy. While all members are encouraged to take a step outside their comfort zone, no one will be required to participate in any activity. Each element of the ropes course provides the participant a variety of roles to assist the group in achieving success. There are no failures in these challenges. The Low Ropes Challenge Course is also available to outside groups as well. Some of our past patrons have included Wal-Mart, Russell Sage Colleges HEOP program, Target, and the Center for Women and Government NEW Leadership TM New York Summer Institute program.


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. Person climbing wall while being helped by team from the bottom and top
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. Person trying to cross from one island to another on a narrow piece of wood while being helped by team
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. Group of people trying to cross from one pole to another on knee-high tautly strung cables
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. Person swinging from one point to another with the help of team
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 Group of people trying to pass a group member through a spider web without touching the bungee
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. Group of people trying to move from pole to pole and then to platform using cables hung in a triangular formation
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. Group of people trying to change their position on a log without stepping off it
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. Group of people trying to balance a wooden platform on a low beam so that the ends don't touch the ground
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 from a single support pole or tree and diverge toward eyebolt anchors about 30 feet away. Two people trying to move as far away as possible from each other while maintaining contact on diverging cables
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.


Facilitator lead team-building workshops are available through Campus Recreation. Availability for these workshops can become limited, particularly at the start of the academic year/semester. It is recommended that you contact Outdoor Pursuits as early as possible to reserve a date.


External $20/person



A deposit for your workshop is due 10 business days in advance. The deposit will reflect ½ of the final workshop fee. The remaining balance will be due the day of the workshop. Checks should be made payable to The University at Albany.


Weekday parking for external organizations are fee-based. Please see the Parking Management website for details.

Food Service

Food service can be arranged for all workshops – continental breakfast, lunch, snacks, & beverages. Off-campus organizations should discuss options and pricing when confirming their workshop. Water is provided at all workshops.

Clothing Suggestions

This is a physically active workshop so dress for your comfort. Sneakers or hiking shoes are recommended. Given the nature of the activities, open toe shoes are not permitted. Please keep in mind that this is an outdoor workshop and clothing and shoes may get dirty. During the cooler months we suggest dressing in layers. Sunscreen is always suggested.

Weather Conditions

This is an outdoor workshop and will move inside only in the event of significantly inclement weather that would cause a safety concern. The Office of Campus Recreation and the sponsoring organization will review the weather forecast in the week prior to the workshop to discuss any concerns or a need to reschedule.

Medical Release Forms

Groups will be provided with a mandatory Medical Release Forms in advance of the workshop for participant review. Participants must turn them in at the start of the workshop. All information is confidential and will not be shared with the sponsoring organization. It is important that participants provide any medical background that may have an impact on their participation. In addition, please advise us in advance of any special access needs or physical limitations of any of your participants to ensure that we create a workshop that will include everyone.

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