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Matted Bridge

Description: This universally accessible element contains a mat that spans between two platforms. A participant either hauls himself up to this high ropes course element or is hauled up to begin their attempt at traversing the activity.

Examples of Inclusive Options:

  • It is universal in its design because once participants can walk‚ scoot‚ or pull themselves across the mat.

  • When using these activities‚ a set of commands are used to insure that everyone participating is ready. These are almost always given by shouting them out. If you are working with people who have a hearing impairments‚ ensure that you have a set of signs that match up with the commands.

This photo shows a woman in a full body harness hauling herself up to the top of the matted bridge utilizing a 4 to 1 haul system with a sling seat.
A group of participants works together to complete a ground based challenge activity.

This photo shows a participant wearing a harness and helmet as she prepares to haul herself up to the top of the matted bridge.
A group of participants works together to complete a ground based challenge activity.

 

This photo shows a participant wearing a safety harness and helmet as he crawls across the matted bridge.
A participant crawls across the matted bridge. (Photo by Bradford Woods.)

This photo shows a participant wearing a safety harness and helmet as he walks across the matted bridge.
A participant walks across the matted bridge. (Photo by Bradford Woods.)

This photo shows a group leader using hand signs along with voice to communicate information to group members during an activity.
A leader communicates with group members during an activity. (Photo by Bradford Woods.)


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