February 26, 2010

Alpine Tower

Climb the Alpine Tower at The EDGE

The Alpine Tower is an extremely versatile programming tool for challenge courses. It provides powerful experiential learning opportunities for both individuals and teams. It can be a component of a full program or a stand-alone option.

The Alpine Tower has the exceptional ability to be used with a wide variety of groups, effectively, for a wide variety of programmatic outcomes. Therefore, facilitators can vary each group’s program according to its needs rather than by the design of the course itself.

The EDGE programs team development programs that combine ground-based team activities with 30- or 45-minute climbs. The length of the climbs depend on the program day and the number of total participants. We also run open climbs or specialized tower-focused programs.

While any participant who can fit in to any of our variously sized harnesses can climb the tower, we recommend this element for ages 9 and up.

High-level staff at The EDGE have training to adapt many elements on the tower for people with disabilities.

Depending on how The Alpine Tower is facilitated, your group can focus on the following objectives:

  • Teamwork
  • Trust
  • Fun
  • Cooperation
  • Communication
  • Respect for others
  • Compassion

The Alpine Tower can help individuals benefit in the following ways:

  • Enhance self-esteem
  • Promote physical fitness
  • Encourage adventure, risk-taking, and innovation
  • Encourage participant to simply try his/her best
  • Serve as a metaphor for discussing lessons learned: trust, communication, teamwork, failure, perseverance, etc.
  • Gain a sense of adventure

As with all activities at The EDGE,  we follow the philosophy of ‘Challenge by Choice‘.

Interested in programming with us? Submit an Information Request Form. If you have more questions, contact us at edge@gmu.edu or (703) 993-4313.