Safety & Equipment

When people think of high ropes, the perceived risk is high, but the actual risk is low.  A high ropes program is one of the safest activities that students can participate in.  Project Adventure's 20-Year Safety Study is a clear representation of this statement.


All of the individual participant's equipment and the ropes course elements are inspected before each use by the course facilitator.  A certified Challenge Course Inspector does a complete inspection of all equipment yearly. 


Our course facilitators are required to carry a level one, two or three certification to operate elements on our course. These certifications require constant professional development, retraining, and recertification based on the ACCT (Association for Challenge Courst Technology) and PRCA (Professional Ropes Course Association) standards.


All equipment that is used as a lifeline has a required strength of 5000 pounds minimum and all belay cables and attachment points are backed up.



  • KMIII Static Belay Rope

            7/16" = 7,800 lbs.

            1/2" = 10,000 lbs.

  • 5 mm Technora Cord = 5,000 lbs.



  • Starlight Ropes Course Harness = 5,000 lbs.


Carabiners and Rapid Links

  • Mallion Rapide 1/2" = 15,750 lbs.
  • Autolock Steel = 6,750 lbs.  
  • Aluminum Pear = 5,175 lbs.
  • Aluminum D = 5,400 lbs.


Pulleys and Shear Reduction Devices

  • K-2 Zip Pulley =14,000 lbs.
  • K-1 Belay Pulley = 14,000 lbs.
  • Shear Reduction Device = 12,000 lbs.


Steel Aircraft Grade Belay Cable          

  • 3/8" = 12,000 lbs.
  • 1/2" = 16,400 lbs.


Building Materials

  • Nut Eyebolt =17,500 lbs.
  • Leap Anchor =10,000 lbs.