Books by Karl Rohnke

The Complete Ropes Course Manual

How complete? More complete than any book of its kind on the market. After that bit of righteous hyperbole there's not much else to say, so you better just buy one; particularly if you are new to the field.This manual really does cover most everything you need to know to start a ropes (challenge) course oriented adventure program. There is also a new chapter (latest revision) on accessible courses.

Co-authors: Jim Wall, Catherine Tait, and Don Rogers

258 Pages
Paperback
2003©
ISBN: 0-7872-9309-1
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Phone: 800-338-8290
Fax: 800-772-9165
Online: www.kendallhunt.com
Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co.


                               TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface  
Acknowledgements
  

1
Overview 
Introduction to the Ropes Course 
Ropes Course History 
Indoor Ropes Courses 
Karl's Historical Perspective 
Facilitator Competencies 
Operational Guidelines 

2
Safety and Equipment 

Spotting 
Lifting 
Belaying 
Practice, Practice, Practice! 
Equipment 

3
Rescues 
Rescue Equipment 
Rescue from Dynamic Belay 
Rescue from Static Belay 

4
Maintenance and General Inspection 
Part I: Environmental 
Part II: Wood Items and Telephone Poles 
Part III: Metal Items 

5
Knots 

6
Taking Participants Through the Course 
Preparation and Staffing 
General Staff Preparation Check List 
High Course Operations Check List 
Low Course Operations Check List 
Opening and Closing 

7
Facilitation 
Risk 
Processing Levels 
Processing by Way of the Experiential Learning Cycle 
A Model of Ropes Course Group Development 
Facilitator Characteristics 
Commitment Agreement 
Useful Beliefs about People on the Ropes Course 
Processing Issues and Related Questions 
Handling Difficult Situations
8
Including Participants with Disabilities: Concepts and Planning Strategies 
Philosophy of Inclusion and Universal Design 
People with Disabilities: Attitudes, Terminology, Types 
Assessment 
Activity Analysis and Activity Adaptation/Modification 
Techniques for Inclusion 
Considerations with Diversity: Challenging Comfort Levels 

9
Including Participants with Disabilities: Technical and Safety Operations 
Accessibility 
Design Criteria for Inclusion 
Specific Design Considerations 
Technical Operations 

10
Elements 
Karl's Games and Initiatives Reference List 
Index of Low and High Course Elements 
Generic High Ropes Course Considerations 
High Ropes Course Elements 
Low Ropes Course Elements 

Appendix I  
Index of Ropes Course Program Forms 
Contract Course Notes 
Information Letter 
Informed Consent for Challenge Ropes Course 
Assumption of Risk and Informed Consent 
Voluntary Release Form 
Participant Information and Release of Liability (Adventureworks, Inc.) 
Applicant Information and Release Form 
Medical Information Form 
Accident Report 
Ropes Course Equipment 
Ropes Course Evaluation 
Facilitator Hour Log 
Facilitator Workshops and Training Log  

Appendix II 
Ropes Course One-Day Schedule 
Ropes Course Two-Day Schedule 
Ropes Course Pre-Meeting Schedule 

Suggested Reading List 
Glossary 
Index


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