Three much-loved Highland activities have been retired in recent years: the mountain swing in 2016, then the flying squirrel and super swing just this past fall. All three of these losses were due to issues with the trees that supported them (deterioration, tree growth, etc.).
Since these have been key activities for both summer campers and guest groups, the Highland Board thought it was important to move quickly towards establishing something to replace them. To that end, we are already in the process of building a new adventure activity! This time, to avoid some of the pitfalls of working with live trees, we are building a tower with 50-foot poles sunk 7 feet in the ground and supported with guy wires.
One face of the tower will feature a 35-foot-high climbing wall with three belays and multiple climbing routes with varied difficulties. This exciting activity should be open for use by mid-June. Later, on the opposite side of the tower, we hope to build a ‘Vertical Playpen,’ an activity where climbers work together to navigate a series of vertically oriented obstacles on their way to the top.
The tower is situated in the field above Red Oak Lodge, where those who climb to the top will be rewarded with beautiful mountain vistas. The location was strategically chosen as a place where future high elements can be added on, supporting a dynamic and growing adventure program. More information about the project and opportunities to financially support it (including the Great Community Give on April 17) will be provided in an upcoming appeal.