NLP and the High Ropes
At Pegasus NLP we have
included the High Ropes Challenge course on our NLP certification courses
High Ropes Course is primarily made up of one-person
activities in which each person has the opportunity to take part in what is,
for most people, a very unfamiliar experience i.e. climbing trees in a
The learning points from the high ropes
session are many these are explored and discussed both during the High
Ropes session and, in particular, in an extensive review when we arrive
back in the Lodge.
Participation in the High Ropes course is
optional. Everything we do on our
it is based on the principle of
challenge by choice
which means that each person makes their own choices on what they
do - and everyone supports everyone else's choices
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.
it like climbing?
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 Scott Pines
in which the Ropes Course has been built.
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.
Just how high? 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.
You make all the
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.
include the High Ropes in an
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 unfamiliar situations?
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 life?
Which activities do we include on NLP Core
The High Catwalk is one of the activities we use on the High Ropes at NLP
Core Skills - we also include a number of other activities which may include
the Incline Logs, the Multi Vine, and the Trapeze Jump and sometimes the
Crate Stack challenge.
What about the
Which activities are included on a particular course will be influenced by
weather, available time, safety (an activity may be withdrawn for safety
inspection of maintenance).
We aim to include High Ropes on every course but safety factors include the
weather; winds above a certain strength and lightning make the High Ropes
unsafe. Where possible we will aim re-schedule a cancelled session.
it's a very slight possibility - we have only had to cancel one High
Ropes session in about 140 courses over the past 16 years of running our NLP
Core Skills programme - and in this case
participants were invited to come along and take part in a High Ropes on any
subsequent course which suited them.
See also our Low Ropes page