FAQs | Recreational Services
The University of Iowa

Frequently Asked Questions

What is your cancellation policy?

To secure your date, we require that you pay 25 percent of your anticipated number of participants as indicated on your Registration Form in advance. University of Iowa groups may provide an MFK, groups not affiliated with the University will need to provide a check or credit card number. If you cancel your event 21 days or less before your scheduled date your deposit will not be returned, otherwise, an invoice for the remaining amount will be sent to you after your day at the UI High Adventure Challenge Course.

What should I bring with me?
  • Completed Waiver Forms - The facilitators will collect them at the beginning of the day and review them. If you have any medical conditions or other information that we need to be aware of, please make sure to speak with your facilitators at the beginning of the day.
  • Water - There is no running water or electricity at the course, so please bring water for the entire day.
  • Sun Protection
  • Lunch (if you are staying the whole day)
  • Extra clothes and layers
What should I wear?

You should dress comfortably for the weather. You will be outside the entire day, so wear clothing you don't mind getting dirty. There is climbing involved on the high elements, so we recommend wearing loose-fitting pants or shorts. Open-toed shoes and sandals are not allowed on our course.

Do I have to be in good shape?

We use a 'challenge by choice' approach so that each participant measures success by his or her aspirations. There are levels of physical demand for the high and low ropes course, but in no way does one have to be an "athlete" to participate.  Some of the participants are afraid of heights, is that a problem?  If someone is afraid of heights, simply climbing up the ladder or a foot or two up a pole of the course can be a major accomplishment and source of pride. If a participant chooses not to attempt an event, we respect this decision and offer other ways in which the person can participate including providing support through belaying, coaching, or spotting and continued team problem-solving.

What is the difference between low and high course?

During Low Course challenges, the focus is on the team. These activities draw on the knowledge and ideas of every group member and require the participation and cooperation of the entire team for success. The High Course challenges provide further opportunities for teamwork with an additional emphasis on individual challenges. The high elements provide opportunities for participants to expand their comfort zones, sometimes dramatically, and to overcome fears that can block personal development and achievement.

What is the minimum age/grade to participate?

To help ensure the safety and enjoyment of our participants, individuals must be at least 12 years old or in the 6th grade to participate in the UI High Adventure Challenge Course. This is due primarily to the size of the participants in relation to the size of the elements and safety equipment.