NLP and the High Ropes
Pegasus NLP we have been using the High Ropes Challenge on many of our NLP
courses since we began running NLP courses in the countryside - nearly 14 years ago.
The High Ropes session is exciting and fun - and
can be a bit scary when you're actually climbing.
The session is also an excellent opportunity to
because we always run the session near the end of a course so it's a great
time to really stretch yourself - and to use
your new NLP skills to prove to yourself that you can achieve more than
you believe possible.
What is the High
You're standing in a pine wood. The ground is
slightly springy because of decades of falling pine needles. You and your
friends from the course have kitted up with helmets and safety equipment.
And you look up at the tall straight pines in which the Ropes Course has
Most of the activities involve climbing the tree
trunk using the metal rungs embedded into it. You are completely safe from
falling since you have a safety rope attached to your harness. Yet that
doesn't quite register for most climbers - it's still scary.
And the top of the activity is about 10 metres
or 30' above the ground. That's about the height of two double-decker buses,
stacked one on top of the other...
Scary? Yes, at first
For most people
the High Ropes session is initially quite scary; fear of heights is very
widespread. But, by the time you get to the Ropes you you will have learned
lots of NLP tips for managing your thoughts and feelings - and for feelings more comfortable doing things
like this. Which is the purpose of the Ropes course, after all.
make all the decisions...
Nothing is compulsory on our courses - especially on our
outdoor sessions. This is one central principle which runs through
everything we do is
Challenge by Choice.
This means that you choose the what you do. You choose how far you go with
Not only do you choose but everyone else
unquestioningly accepts and supports your choice. Simple. Pressure-free.
Why the High Ropes?
So why do it? Because it's fun - and because it may well provide you with enduring proof that there's a lot more to you than you thought there was!
- How do I deal with
- Do I handle stress by
being supportive of myself -- or by giving myself a hard time?
- To what extent do I
allow my assumptions, about other people's expectations of me, to
influence my performance?
- when other people are
climbing do I support them -- or do I become so wrapped up in my own
preparation from my own session that I ignore them?
- to what extent do I
live within my Comfort zone -- and to
what extent do I stay fresh by exploring the Stretch zone in my daily
We do a High Ropes session
towards the end of NLP Core Skills,
NLP Practitioner Part 2. We also have an advanced
version of the High Ropes on our annual NLP Master Practitioner Programme.
See also our Low Ropes
Back to the main NLP
Core Skills page
On the blog
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On the website
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NLP in Managing & Leading
Comfort, Stretch, Panic
Challenge by Choice
Small learning teams on courses
NLP and the High Ropes
NLP and the Low Ropes
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in it for me?
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NLP Core Skills - our course in the New Forest
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By Reg Connolly,
Director of Training, Pegasus NLP