Office of Student Leadership Development

Lehigh University Ropes Course

The Ultimate in Experiential Leadership Training

What is a Ropes Course?

A ropes course is a series of outdoor elements made up of trees, wires, poles, and other equipment designed to create unique and challenging problem solving scenarios. Teams work together to negotiate the elements and successfully meet the challenges presented. Intentional learning focused on concepts such as team dynamics, effective communication, decision making, and leadership are woven into discussions following the completion of each element. Ultimately, ropes courses are a dynamic and fun training tool, designed to help individuals and teams maximize their leadership potential.

The Ropes Course at Lehigh University

Lehigh's low ropes course is located at our Mountain Top campus. The course has been renovated and training material has been developed to better meet the needs of participants. The course is staffed by certified ropes trainers and student peer facilitators. All of these individuals are willing and ready to help you make the most of your ropes course experience.

Lehigh Ropes Course Philosophy

The Lehigh University Ropes Course is committed to a core philosophy that promotes self-knowledge and leadership competence. Our teachings are based in the Relational Leadership Model in which values-based leadership is viewed as a process, rather than a position. We promote inclusiveness and seek to engage individuals in empowering, ethical, and purposeful skill building opportunities. Learning happens by “making meaning” of life experiences. It is essential that our trainings provide individuals with significant educational experiences from which important leadership lessons are learned at the individual, group and community levels.

Benefits of a Ropes Course Experience

Ropes Course Pricing and Scheduling

The Low Ropes Course can accommodate groups as small as 10 or as large as 100. To complete a full session on the low ropes course, groups will need approximately 3-4 hours. All pricing is based on group size and session length. Ropes course events may be scheduled for any day of the week and for either morning or afternoon. Please schedule your event as early as possible to ensure availability for your group.

Consult our calendar for scheduling information. For more specific scheduling and pricing information, please contact the Office of Student Leadership at (610) 758-6674 or

Experiential Learning Facilitator Application

If you are a Lehigh student interested in applying to become one of our Facilitators, please complete the application below.  Questions regarding the application or application process may be emailed to Melanie Fann at

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