Summer’s Comin’ In… and it’s goin’ outta style!

May 2014 Summer is finally here (unofficially) and the SU Outdoor Challenge Course is up and running! We started the month of April with trainings, getting both returning facilitators refreshed and new facilitators trained. We hosted one of our favorite trainers, Kevin “Doc” Klein, who showed our facilitation staff the ropes, so to speak, as

Our New Challenge Course Website

Hey Everyone! I wanted to update you on the location of our new challenge course website, which has all kinds of information regarding the challenge course. You can find the website at the location below: http://recreationservices.syr.edu/challenge-course/ We will continue to use the blog to show cool things, add photos and videos, and to keep you

It was a grand opening.. and a beautiful day!

Well, it’s official! We held our grand opening and official dedication ceremony on Tuesday October 8, which means the challenge course is open for business! It was a beautiful morning on the course, and with the Syracuse skyline in the backdrop, we couldn’t have asked for a more picture perfect moment. The metaphor of taking

Element Highlight: The Zip line

As our opening date approaches, we will begin to share more details about the challenge course. We hope you’re all as excited as we are! One of the high elements we will have on the course is the zip line. Imagine being high up in the air with only a rope, harness, and pulley to

Construction Update!

 If a picture says a thousand words, then you can see how the course is taking shape! The top two pictures detail the challenge course and the towers, the third shows the Outdoor Education Center looking down from the path which leads up to the challenge course on top of the hill. One side of

The ‘Cuse Challenge interviews Laura Sowalskie

There isn’t much Laura Sowalskie fears. I mean, she’s practically done it all! Coming in as a freshman with knowledge of ropes, knots, and belaying, it was no surprise she turned to the Leadership Outdoor Orientation Program (LOOP) to fulfill her need for adventure. Not only has she climbed the elements of Syracuse University’s Flanagan

3 Ways Outdoor Education Helps You Build Confidence

Whether you are a student or a seasoned vet in the workplace, confidence is key to all that you do. It is important to believe in yourself otherwise negative messages from naysayers will hold you back from reaching your full potential. When people think of outdoor education, they usually think ‘adventure’ ‘team building‘ ‘leadership.’ These

The First Pole Gets Planted!

It’s official, we watched as the first pole on our new challenge course was placed and planted into the ground last Friday! It was an Epic day, and from there, 19 more went into the ground. The high element “Triple Leap of Faith” has been placed as well.. Looking forward to seeing you all on

The Poles Have Arrived!

The poles have arrived, and the crew from Alpine Towers is working on digging holes and placing poles! By the end of the week, we should have poles in the ground, which means tower and element construction can get underway next week. Super excited to watch this course get built, are you? Keep checking back

Interview with Nir Swenson ’13

This week, we had the wonderful opportunity to interview Syracuse alum Nir Swenson about his experiences with SU’s outdoor education program. Swenson started doing adventure courses as a sophomore. He was immediately drawn to the thrills of outdoor education and even went on to become a facilitator for the challenge course. He worked for Recreation