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PE 1663: Ropes Course Programming (Fall)

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Students learn and apply the technical, safety, leadership and facilitation skills essential to safe and effective ropes course programming. Technical skills such as knot tying, challenge course belaying, and more will be taught during this course. Students will learn low ropes team integration activities as well as high ropes facilitation skills. This course can contribute towards the completion of the CU Leadership Minor. The course will be taught at the Hoffman Challenge Course, with transportation provided.


Course Fee

Students: $200, Community: $245, CU Faculty/ Staff: $220

Fill out the Fee Waiver Application to apply for a free or reduced PE course. 

Fee Notes



All classes are mandatory


No previous experience. Some physical ability required

Drop Deadline

September 4th


Enroll through Student Center or by contacting COE at 607-255-6183 or


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Fall Schedule




Thursday 9/12/24 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Saturday 9/21/24 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday 10/5/24 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
    all classes are mandatory to receive credit

What to Wear and Bring

The majority of this class takes place outdoors and we run the class rain or shine. You will be walking on trails in the woods, sitting on log benches and climbing up trees. We highly suggest that you bring extra clothing because the weather patterns at the Hoffman Challenge Course can be very different from Ithaca's weather in town. 

  • Closed-toe shoes are required- Hiking shoes or a waterproof shoe (ankle support is not needed unless you are prone to twisted ankles)

  • Warm beanie/hat
  • Wool or synthetic “base layer” like long johns or a long sleeve shirt
  • Fleece jacket or sweater, puffy jacket or vest 
  • Jacket shell to protect you against the wind
  • Gloves
  • Lightweight, full-length hiking pants or heavier duty-pant that you can still stretch your legs in 
  • Warm socks (extra pair of socks for rainy days)
  • A water bottle