Marie McAden



Take the Challenge on James Island County Park’s Ropes Course

Posted 7/30/2013 3:50:00 PM

If you’ve ever wanted to try a ropes course — usually reserved for group and corporate team-building retreats — now’s your shot. James Island County Park near Charleston is opening its Odyssey Challenge Course to the public Friday afternoons through Aug. 16.

The course features eight mentally and physically challenging elements, along with two 230-foot long exit zip lines. You’ll need a double dose of daring to walk across a cable strung up between two towering utility poles. Leaping from one small suspended platform to another takes even more moxie.

Designed to take you out of your comfort zone, the challenge course helps you overcome your fears and push beyond your limitations. Of course, all participants are equipped with a safety harness and helmet and are securely strapped to the structure at all times. But it’s no less unnerving when you’re balancing on a six-inch beam 30 feet off the ground.

To get your adrenaline pumping, you start the course by climbing up an inclined cargo net to a tree house structure on the first level. From there, you perform a series of linear activities using overhead safety cables to cross onto the next tree house.

Each element focuses on developing different skills from communication to problem solving to leadership. At the end of the journey, participants exit the course on one of two zip lines.

Bring friends and work through the course as a team or fly solo. Either way, you don’t need to make reservations. Just show up any time between 3 and 7 p.m. You have to be at least 10 years old to participate. If you’re 15 and younger, you’ll need a paid adult to accompany you on the adventure.

Cost of the challenge course is $12. For more information, click here or call (843) 762-2172.