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CTLC Facilities

We provide quality facilities for our programs both indoors and out. The following is a list of our primary facilities, but please note that we also work on location and can draw from a wide variety of venues for your group.


Climbers on a high element of the challenge course

The Hoffman Challenge Course

Operating since 1997, the Hoffman Challenge Course is one of the largest collegiate challenge courses in the country, with over 50 low and high ropes elements for your group to enjoy. Our course is set back in the woods and made up of snaking trails that connect the elements and structures that dot our property. The entrance to the course brings you to open field with a pavilion that serves as a meeting space for groups. We have two yurts (which are great for cold, rainy days). They receive their electricity from on-site solar panels and we have a composting toilet facility as part of our continued commitment to sustainability. Located just five miles from Cornell's central campus, the Hoffman Challenge Course is our primary challenge course facility and one of the largest collegiate ropes courses in the nation. With over 50 low and high element challenges, the range of activities has been selected to cater to groups with diverse goals and abilities. The course is also extensive enough to accommodate groups for several days at a time without exhausting or repeating the available options. (consolidate above text?)

High Elements

The high elements are challenges situated 20-40 feet above the ground, and navigated individually or in pairs while participants are secured by a belay system. The centerpiece of the facility is a 64-foot high replica of Cornell's McGraw Tower, complete with "tree fort" platform, rappelling stations, a 400-foot double Zipline, and a 40-foot Giant Swing. Other high elements include high Balance Beams, Pamper Poles, a Flying Squirrel, and many others.

Low Elements

In the wooded areas around the tower are over 30 low elements, a group obstacle course of sorts designed to challenge groups and teams to work together in a variety of ways. Some low activities are physically challenging, but most emphasize teamwork through problem-solving and mutual support. Among the low elements are classic activities such as the Spiders Web and Trust Fall, along with more recently designed elements such as the Whalewatch (a balance platform for groups of up to 25).

The Hoffman Challenge Course is just 5 miles from Cornell Campus.

The Hoffman Challenge Course on Google Maps


A yurt on the chalenge course is lit by the fire within

Yurts on Mount Pleasant

Our two enchanting yurts are available for group retreats in conjunction with one of our programs, and beautiful Mount Pleasant and the Hoffman Challenge Course provide the perfect backdrop.

The Hoffman Challenge Course also includes two spacious and enchanting yurts that can be used for retreats, workshops, or even overnight trips. These yurts feature solar powered lights and wood burning stoves for the colder months. In the case of inclement weather, activities can also be moved inside the yurts. Groups must have a program reservation in order to reserve a yurt overnight. 


Climbers Top Roping at LCC

Lindseth Climbing Wall

In addition to open climbing hours and our Physical Education courses, we can also provide creative team and leadership programming with rock climbing as the central focus. The Lindseth Climbing Center is located in Bartels Hall .

Bartels Hall on Google Maps


High Elements in Barton Hall

Barton Hall Indoor Challenge Course

Originally built in 1914 to serve as an airplane hangar during World War I, historic Barton Hall currently houses indoor track and field facilities and Cornell's ROTC program, in addition to CTLC's indoor high ropes course.

Barton Hall is located at the intersection of Campus Rd. and Garden Ave. Parking can be tricky during weekday business hours. The nearest metered lot is up the hill on the east side of Bartels Hall, or you can obtain a visitors parking permit and park at the Crescent Lot adjacent to Schoellkopf Field. Once inside, our facility is located primarily in the southwest corner of Barton, nearest to the Air Force ROTC branch.

Barton Hall on Google Maps