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Don’t wait for summer camp for an adventure on our ropes courses! Bothin and Skylark Ranch both offer Ropes Course Programming during the Fall and Spring seasons. Ropes Course reservations are open to any group and you do not have to be renting with the property to book your program. Opportunities are available to build teamwork with your group, develop climbing skills, participating in an individual challenge through this ultimate high adventure activity and more!
Skylark Ranch High & Low Ropes Course
Hidden among the redwood trees in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Skylark Ranch offers a low element Challenge Course and a high element High Ropes Course for reservation. The Challenge Course is designed to bring a full team building experience to any group, and the experience continues when you climb the redwoods and participate in group activities 25 feet in the air. The course is available to rent during the Fall (Sept-Dec) and Spring (Mar-May) seasons. If weather permits, some events may be scheduled during Jan & Feb.
Dynamic Course- High Elements: Participant is attached to a dynamic rope that passes through a pulley or karabiner above them and is kept tensioned by a belayer or belay team below. It can be more of a team challenge to climb these elements and support belay of the climber, and these elements tend to be more of a physical challenge than a mental challenge. At Skylark Ranch, the entire course is dynamic, and most of the elements are designed to create a teambuilding experience. Min age requirement is 4th grade and up.
Challenge Course- Low Elements: An element for which safety is achieved through safe and effective spotting (which must protect the participant’s upper body and head). There are a number of elements and ground inititatives to further develop team work and cooperation on this course. Min age requirement is 2nd grade and up.
Bothin High Ropes Adventure Course
Tucked in an enchanted corner of Bothin, crossing over a rushing creek, you'll find a 3 level adventure course waiting for you! From teambuilding on the dynamic course, to individual challenges on the static course and zip line, come climb the giant cargo net tunnel and start your adventure today. The course is available to rent year round excluding the summer season (Jun-Aug).
Static Course: Participant attaches themselves to various anchor points. This involves the use of a pair of karabiners, attached to the climbers harness with loops of webbing. It's more independent, and these elements tend to be more of a mental challenge than a physical challenge. At Bothin, this is the portion that goes back and forth across the creek. Min age requirement is 4th grade and up.
Dynamic Course: Participant is attached to a dynamic rope that passes through a pulley or karabiner above them and is kept tensioned by a belayer or belay team below. It can be more of a team challenge to climb these elements and support belay of the climber, and these elements tend to be more of a physical challenge than a mental challenge. At Bothin, this is the triple stack portion that goes up and over trees 65 feet in the air. Min age requirement is 4th grade and up.
Participants must be 4th grade and older to go on the High Ropes Courses at all of our camps. Participants 2nd grade and older can go on the Challenge Course at Skylark Ranch. There are no specific weight and height restrictions, but equipment must fit properly and safely in order to participate.
Ropes Course Instructors
Our Ropes Course Instructors are highly trained and qualified to lead your group through the ropes course tailored to your groups goals. All ropes course reservations include an Instructor lead experience. Due to the nature of the courses and experience required, the only option in using our Ropes Course is to also use our Ropes Course Instructors.