Winter is coming!

29 November 2018


Chances are good that most of your courses are done for the winter and they won't see participants until the snow melts and the temperatures rise. If that's the case for you, our Challenge Course Manager, Mike Sallade, put together a few tips for you to consider when winterizing your course. While it may take time now, it'll save you time and money later.









Mike says to:

  • Store soft gear in close topped bins.
    • Exclude mice, moisture, dust and UV light from your ropes, harnesses, and helmets.
    • Label the bins to make opening your course go smoothly in the spring.
  • Keep your high element p-cords a little loose.
    • Trees and pole wiggle a lot over the course of a winter, keeping those haul lines loose will reduce sawing actions on cable and tree bark, and save you from climbing to restring them in the spring.
    • Not too loose! Too much travel can damage pulleys on traversing elements or allow p-cords to tangle around branches.
  • Bring in anything that isn’t nailed down.
    • Wooden platforms will last years longer if they don’t sit on the ground covered by snow.
    • Meuse, Islands, and Zig Zag boards will warp less and last longer too.
    • Low-hanging Hand lines, swings, rope ladders and the like can be an attractive nuisance. Weather also takes its toll on them.
  • Make it easy on your inspectors.
    • Make a list of things you want them to take an extra good look at.
    • If you know your course will need minor repairs, let your vendor know when you are scheduling the inspection.
    • Organize your gear: similar carabiners together, harnesses and helmets grouped by year
  • Lubricate your locks.
    • There is nothing worse than a lock that is frozen when the rest of the world has thawed.
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