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Recreational Services
Kansas State University
101 Peters Rec Complex
1831 Olympic Drive
Manhattan, KS 66506

785-532-6980
recservices@k-state.edu

Facility Information

The course has three components: a grassy field for group initiatives, low elements, and high elements.

During the winter months
Groups can book indoor 2-hour team building sessions throughout the winter when the weather doesn't allow for comfortable use of our course. These programs are held inside the Rec Complex and involve the use of props, low element initiatives, and games. See the Scheduling and Pricing section for more information.

field areaField area
Your challenge course experience will begin with initiatives on our field. Initiatives are designed to warm up your group and to prepare you for the experience.

Low elements
Low elements involve ropes, cables, platforms, logs, and other pieces of equipment employed on the ground or just off the ground. The activities can be geared toward a group's particular goals and reinforce specific learning aspects. These elements help participants to be creative in solving problems and help participants explore how to later apply the same skills to everyday situations. The primary safety mechanism used in low elements is group spotting. The low elements include:

  • Whale watchLow element
  • Blind maze
  • TP shuffle
  • Wild woosey/triangle traverse/bermuda triangle
  • Verticial/horizontal spider web
  • Log jam
  • Mountain games
  • Zig zag
  • Team trail
  • Boson swings
  • 8ft beam

High elements
High elements involve a system of ropes, cables, platforms, logs, and pulleys 10 to 40 feet off the ground on poles and cables. Personal assumptions and limitations are tested through perceived risk and overcoming limiting thoughts. Group encouragement empowers individuals to be able to do things they didn't think possible. Safety mechanisms for these elements include the use of belay ropes (safety-rope attachment systems), harnesses, and helmets. The high elements include:

  • Flying squirrelhigh
  • Heebie jeebie
  • Giant swing
  • Levitation platform
  • Multivine
  • Portable power perch
  • Power pole