Challenge Course

Kelso Challenge Course

Climb to new heights and hang out with us on our Escarpment Walk Aerial Course and the Vultures View Climbing Tower. The Escarpment Walk is an aerial ropes course that will challenge you to test your balance, coordination and courage as you traverse the climbing elements. The Vultures View is a climbing tower with three walls, each with a number of different elements and features that will take you more than 45 ft in the air. Feeling brave? Step off the Quick Jump platform at the top of the tower and experience the feeling of free fall, followed by a safe landing. (Age, height, and weight restrictions apply and vary for each feature.)

Helmets, harnesses and climbing equipment are provided, along with instructions and guidance from our trained climbing.

The Challenge Course is a great option for birthday parties, corporate events, team parties and other group functions! Interested in booking your group outing? A minimum of 10 people are required for a Group Reservation. Call us at (905) 878 5011 ext 1273 or click here to book online. A visitor service representative would be happy to help! 

Rates

Item

Name

Duration

Notes

Price

A

Escarpment Walk
Aerial Ropes Course

Access to Aerial Ropes Course

1 hr

Ground School Included

Max height 7’ (213 cm)
Max weight 275 lbs (125 kg)

Guests under 45" (114 cm) must be accompanied by
a chaperone

$22.00

B

Vultures View Climbing Tower

Access to Climbing Tower

1 hr

Ground School Included

22 lbs–330 lbs
(10 kg to 150 kg)

$22.00

C

Double Feature

Access to Escarpment Walk Aerial Ropes Course AND Vulture’s View
Climbing Tower

2 hr

Ground School Included

Weight and height ranges
as listed by feature

$36.00

D

Add Quick Jumps

Add two Quick Jumps to your Vulture’s View Climbing Tower experience

*Availability may vary

NA

2 Jumps

44 lbs–275 lbs
(20 kg to 125 kg)

36"–7’ (91 cm–213 cm)

$6.00

E

Lookout

Access to Giant Steps for a view from
above for photos

20 Min

Limited availability.
Based on climber volume.

$12.00

F

Archery

30 Min

Limited participants per time slot.

$12.00

 

Hours of Operation

Both the Escarpment Walk Aerial Ropes Course and the Vultures View Climbing Tower will be open:

Monday - Friday: Closed
Saturday - Sunday: 11 am - 6 pm (last 1-hour experience to go out at 5:00 pm)

Please note that availability may be limited if features are at capacity. Hours of operation may change due to weather and bookings. Please call ahead if you have questions. Final guest to be completed by posted closing time.

Challenge Course Details

Use of the Challenge Course can include slips and trips that could result in cuts, abrasions, bruises, or other injuries but by following instructions and using equipment correctly, you can minimize these risks. Challenge Course participants are required to read and adhere to all rules, follow all instructions from staff and use all equipment correctly. Failure to do so may result in you being asked to immediately leave the course. We also recommend wearing clothing that allows for a wide range of movement, protects your skin from the wooden surfaces of the climbing course and prevents your skin from being pinched in the harness.

To use the Challenge Course you should be reasonably fit and able to stretch and reach easily. If you are pregnant or have  a heart condition, you should not proceed with use of this Challenge Course. If you are unsure if you should use the course for medical reasons, we recommend talking to your doctor.

Use of the Vultures View Climbing Tower and Escarpment Walk Aerial Ropes Course includes exposure to heights and drops. If you have a fear of heights that could put yourself or others at risk, you should not attempt the courses.

Be aware that the Challenge Course may close with short notice prior to or during inclement weather.

Never attempt to access or use the Challenge Course without staff supervision present.

Escarpment Walk Aerial Ropes Course

The Escarpment Walk Aerial Ropes Course has limits for participants in the following areas:

  • Maximum of 2 participant on any single Aerial Ropes Course element
  • Maximum of 3 participants on any single Aerial Ropes Course platform

Climbing Reminders & Instruction

Always listen to staff, follow instructions and use proper equipment. Climbers must wear the following:

  • Climbing harness
  • Climbing helmet
  • Closed-toe footwear
  • Non-restrictive clothing that covers body parts in contact with harness

All equipment must be adjusted to fit properly and climbers must demonstrate that they can operate their equipment safetly, as required by the course, prior to climbing. Climbers should attempt to keep their climbing lanyard or climbing line oriented between their arms while climbing.

Climbers should ensure that all personal belongings (keys, cameras, phones, etc.) are secure while climbing as falling items could injure those below and are likely to be damaged.

Climbers needing assistance should call out “guide” in order to indicate help is needed. 

Vultures View Climbing Tower 

Climbing Tower has limits for participants in the following areas:

  • Maximum of 1 participant per step on the Giant Steps Climber, except in situations where passing a climber headed in the opposite direction.
  • Maximum of 14 participants on the Climbing Tower deck at any one time.
  • Maximum of 1 participant per True Blue auto belay device or Quick Jump device at any time.

Climbing Reminders & Instruction

Always listen to staff, follow instructions and use proper equipment. Climbers must wear the following:

  • Climbing harness
  • Climbing helmet
  • Closed-toe footwear
  • Non-restrictive clothing that covers body parts in contact with harness

All equipment must be adjusted to fit properly and climbers must demonstrate that they can operate their equipment safetly, as required by the course, prior to climbing. Climbers should attempt to keep their climbing lanyard or climbing line oriented between their arms while climbing.

Climbers should ensure that all personal belongings (keys, cameras, phones, etc.) are secure while climbing as falling items could injure those below and are likely to be damaged.

Climbers needing assistance should call out “guide” in order to indicate help is needed.

Equipment

Before your gear:
  • Check that closed-toe shoes are tied securely
  • Ensure that non-restrictive clothing is covering body parts in contact with your harness
  • We recommend a washroom break before on gear as harnesses must be removed to use the washroom
Put on your harness:
  • Slide all adjustable guides on your harness open to allow you to put the harness on easily.
  • Step into the leg loops for your harness and then pull the shoulder straps onto the shoulders. Ensure the hip straps sit high on your hips.
  • All harness webbing should lay flat against your skin. Ensure you do not have any visible twists on folds in the webbing as these can pinch the skin.
  • Adjust all guides on your harness. Ensure that your harness is snug against your shoulders, hips, and legs. Excess slack can pinch the skin.
  • Ask a staff member to check your harness for proper fit.
  • Checking the fit of your harness should happen before each time you climb to ensure it has not slipped or come loose during a previous climb or while waiting to climb.

If you take your harness off during your visit, please ensure it is hung up on a provided gear hook, or returned to the equipment return.

Put on your helmet:
  • Use the adjustment strap in the back of the helmet to ensure a snug fit.
  • Your helmet should sit with the front of your helmet resting level just above your eye brows.
  • Your helmet should stay on if you shake your head, even if the chin strap is unbuckled.
  • Buckle your chin strap and ensure it is snug but not too tight. You should be able to speak and breathe normally. 

If you take your helmet off during your visit, please ensure it is hung up on a provided gear hook, or returned to the equipment return.

Climbing Gear

Your Escarpment Walk Aerial Ropes Course lanyard (not required for the Climbing Tower) will be installed on your harness by a staff member. Please keep your Safety C Hook slipped over a strap on your harness while not in use. Do not allow it to drag on the ground. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What Ages Are Allowed on the Course?

Technically speaking, course access is governed by height and weight first.  We have found that most climbers 6 years and older can access things on the course, but a shorter or lighter visitor may need to be a little older to reach those height and weight requirements.

Escarpment Walk Aerial Course

  • Climbers less than 45” tall must be accompanied by a chaperone to assist as the progress through the course
  • Climbers must be between 20 lbs & 275 lbs to fit safe weight ranges for harnesses
  • Climbers must be less than 7’ tall to use the Escarpment Walk

Vultures View Climbing Tower

Climbers must be between 20 lbs & 275 lbs to fit safe weight ranges for harnesses

QUICKjumps

  • Climbers must be between 40 lbs & 275 lbs  while using QUICKjumps
  • Climbers must be between 3’ and 7’ tall in order to safely use the QUICKjumps 

Does Weather Affect Course Operations?

Yes. Heavier rains, high winds, and lightning or thunder storms will impact course operation. Our goal is always to be open, but with summer storms blowing up unexpectedly, we may occasionally need to close due to weather.  If possible, we will always wait for weather to clear and then re-open. 

What Do I Need to Bring?

Beyond some energy and appetite for excitement?  We just need you to dress for your adventure.  Closed-toe shoes are required, as is clothing that will cover your skin where harnesses make contact.  A t-shirt, shorts, and footwear that is secure and covers your toes should do it!  Keen’s sandals (or similar) that can be secured to fit tight and have the covered toe cap are acceptable. Crocs or slip-on style sandals that can fall off are not allowed on the Challenge Course. 

If I Am Coming with Family and Friends, and Do Not Want to Climb, Can I Still Watch and Take Pictures?

Yes.  Spectators are able to move about freely on the ground. Take pictures and cheer on your squad!  If you are feeling slightly more adventurous, consider our Look-out option.  You can climb to the top of the tower using our Giant Steps Climber and take pictures and cheer from above. This climb is considerably less strenuous, and is usually well within comfort zones of more timid climbers. 

How Long Will the Experience Take?

We sell access to the challenge course features in 1 hr blocks.  During your hour you will have time for several climbs on the tower, and could likely pass through the aerial course a couple times.  It all depends on your energy levels, confidence, and desire to explore!  A more timid climber may take longer to navigate their routes and may tire themselves out more quickly.  We want you to climb at your pace and enjoy yourself. 

Can I Bring My Own Climbing Equipment?

Climbing shoes,  gloves, and other clothing type equipment are definitely options you can bring for yourself. Helmets and Harnesses must be supplied by the course.  We need to ensure that we are familiar with the care of harnesses and helmets and their inspection logs to ensure that they are ready for use.  You may be an expert climber, and we love that, we just want to be sure that we can stand behind the gear confidently.