Get ready for an over-the-water adventure that could mean years of summer challenge and fun on the Rockmont Waterfront. This new aquatic ropes course at Camp Rockmont is under construction, and it will be complete by this summer! That’s when the adventures begin.
The new aquatic ropes course will feature 8 over-the-water challenges, each stretching between two timbers in the swim area between the main docks and the canoe shed. Jump into the water, and swim underneath the cargo net. Enter through the gap in the bottom, and hang out in the net while you decide which challenge to tackle first. When you’re ready, climb out to the course.
The elements of the course will involve getting from one timber to the next on some rope challenge (no wood or metal is in any element). They are designed to get progressively more difficult. A “Burma Bridge” would be a V-Shaped tunnel with hand holds at 5 feet off the water. A “Multi-Vine Traverse” would call for you to balance as you walk across a single rope with only a few hanging “vines” to reach along the way. Other elements could include a low and high “Postman’s Walk (2 parallel ropes at various heights), a low and high “Commando Crawl” (single ropes), a “Deep X” (2 ropes starting high and crossing low), an “Hourglass” (2 ropes starting high and crossing in the middle), or “the Arc” (one rope starting high and drooping.) The elements are each unique, designed to keep you coming back for more and to send you to the next challenge.
Every challenge will be free climb and free fall. Expect to get wet! But, walk, balance, crawl, hang, stretch, and leap your way through all 8 challenges without splashing, and you can earn a new Aquatic Ropes Course patch.
We are grateful to all the Sycamore campers in the summer of 2018, who met with us to help us dream of our next Rockmont adventure. It was your creativity and imagination that helped us conceive of this idea. We then took it to Mike Fishesher of Beanstalk Builders, in nearby Morganton, North Carolina. He designs ropes courses, playgrounds, and treehouses, and he is designing each element so that campers and staff will be able to develop balance, upper body strength, and agility . . . and to have tons of fun!
The Rockmont Team