Challenge Courses

Nearly 40 years ago, Jim Wall, the founder of CDI, began his journey with little more than a spool of cable and a coil of rope to build his first challenge course. Since then, technology and design have advanced significantly, but our purpose remains the same: to create imaginative and stimulating environments that foster learning and growth.


CDI offers a variety of customization options for challenge courses. Our selection includes:

• Traditional Low Ropes Course
• Traditional High Ropes Course
• Team-Based High Challenge Course
• Custom and Specialty Designs

Our courses can be installed on trees for a natural and cost-effective feel, or on poles, which require less maintenance. You can choose from static or dynamic belay systems (or a combination of the two) and select from a variety of course access methods.

Each installation includes all the necessary operational equipment to equip your staff and participants, as well as an initial facilitator training to get your team up and running on the course.

What is a Challenge Course?

A Challenge (or Ropes) Course is a series of mentally and/or physically demanding activities traditionally constructed from cable, rope, and wood. Elements can be placed low to the ground or at height between trees and/or poles, with some form of fall protection, such as a roped belay, provided. Participants navigate or solve each event either individually or as a group, typically with the aim of building self-confidence and developing group cohesion.

The first ropes courses were designed to replicate the team and confidence-building benefits observed in naval crews as they navigated the masts and riggings of their ships. Since then, thanks to the creativity and vision of many great experiential educators, courses can be found at camps, therapeutic centers, schools, and military bases around the world.

Ready to learn more and start the process of getting your challenge course project underway?
Give us a call: 828-737-6850


A selection of Challenge Courses designed and built by CDI

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