High Elements

Glisson High Elements Course: Giant's Ladder  

The Giant's Ladder is a bigger version of what is known as Jacob's Ladder on the Alpine Tower. While Jacob's Ladder is one of the most challenging elements on the Tower, the Giant's Ladder offers more width, making the element more conducive to the teamwork necessary to reach the top. The Giant's Ladder is also larger than its counterpart on the Tower. The two climbers work together to scale from one ladder rung to the next. The distance between each of the six rungs varies, often surprising the climbers and forcing them to improvise new ways of working together. Some popular methods include "the sloth" and "the human ladder". The Giant's Ladder is an excellent exercise in teamwork. It is arguably the most physically demanding element, which makes it especially good for high-school-aged climbers who have conquered the Alpine Tower before.


  Camp Glisson High Elements Course: High Y  

The High V is the big brother of "The Flying V" on our Low Elements course. While essentially the same concept, the former is about 30 feet higher off the ground than the latter. The High V is set up with two cables that start in one tree and then branch out to two different trees, forming a triangular shape. The participants climb a tree using a ladder and climbing staples to reach the bottom cables. They are harnessed-in and hooked-up to a movable belay system that slides on cables directly above the lower cable on which their footwork takes place. The two participants start out close together at the first tree, then work together to see how far apart they can go. The typical method for doing this is called "the human tepee", where the two climbers stand as straight as possible and lean in on each others' hands, creating a tepee of sorts. As they progress toward the ending tree, the tepee gets wider and wider. While the Alpine Tower and Giant's Ladder challenge campers to reach the top, the High V is the only element where campers spend 90% of the time at a height of 30 feet. This setting gives a canopy-top feel to the element in addition to being high off the ground.






"It was great! It was my first year, and I was very happy that I got to do some amazing activities. I was a little scared on the high elements course, but I did it (and I am glad I did)!"

Emily, 8-year-old camper