Courses and Events October 2013

Challenge Course Supplies would like to make you aware of a FREE Monkey Hardware Workshop and two NEW exciting training courses scheduled for October 2013: 

Challenge Course Supplies & Monkey Hardware Present a one day workshop -How to install the Monkey Hardware Climbing System

Venue:                                    Tree Top Adventure, Llanrwst Road,

                                                 Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia LL24 0HA

Date & Time:                          29th October 2013 0900-1700

Cost:                                        FOC

Introduction;  Monkeys are an exciting activity that can be installed in trees without causing any damage to the tree.  They can be used to promote confidence, communication, movement, and of course fun!  The Monkeys can be used by schools, youth and adult organisations such as OEC/Scouts & Guides/Ropes Courses/Adventure Parks/Farm Attractions & Mobile Adventure Operators.  The advantage is the relatively low cost of purchase when compared to a traditional climbing wall or facility, the ease of installation and maintenance, and the portability. 

Workshop Presenter & Coordinator; The Workshop will be conducted by Franz Muller, CEO of Monkey Hardware, and coordinated by Amanda Wild of Challenge Course Supplies (Monkey Hardware’s UK Distributor).

How to book; Download, complete and return the Booking Form

  1. Places on the workshop are limited and are offered on a first come, first served basis.  Please note that attendance on the workshop does not constitute formal training.



Monkey Hardware Tree Climbing Instructor and Installer Course

Monkey Hardware Tree Climbing Instructor Course (2 days) & Monkey Hardware Tree Climbing Installer Course (1 day)

The aim of this training is to qualify for independent installation and instruction of the Monkey Hardware Tree Climbing System.  This course is being conducted by an ERCA qualified trainer, and will be endorsed by Vertex Training.

Venue; Cranham Scout Centre, Cranham, Gloucester, GL4 8HP

Dates; 14th, 15th & 16th October 2013

Costs; £150.00 per person, inclusive of Self Catering Acc. at Cranham Scout Centre

 Further information and details of How to book:

1.      Follow this link to download further information and booking forms;

2.      Call Cranham Scout Centre 01452 812309

3.      Email


 ERCA Temporary Low Ropes Course Construction and Instructor Training

The aim of this training is to qualify for independent construction and instruction of safe temporary low ropes course elements.

This course includes both the instructing of low ropes course and the construction of temporary low ropes. 

Venue : Tree Top Adventure, Llanrwst Rd, Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia, LL24 0HA

Dates : 27th, 28th and 29th October 2013 

Cost : £225 + VAT (accommodation not included) 

Course Details:  Close to the ground exciting motion tasks can be built to promote movement skills, confidence and communication. These structures find applications in school, in youth and youth organisations, and those working in psychomotor development and training.  The advantage is the relatively low cost of building and the diverse application possibilities. 

Further information and details of How to book:

1        Follow this link to download further information and booking forms;

2        Call Tree Top Adventure 01690 710914


ERCA UK Conference 2013

CCS are pleased to announce that they will be exhibiting at the ERCA UK Conference in October 2013.

The conference is on the 30th and 31st October 2013 and will take place at ‘Venue Cymru’ in Llandudno. It includes world experts in their respective fields and a highly entertaining key note speaker – Dr. Donald Perry.

In the days (26th – 29th October) preceding the conference, ERCA has organised specialist training courses for those involved in the ropes course industry. ERCA has negotiated exceptionally favourable rates for these courses with a view to promoting the highest standards in the ropes course industry. Places for these courses are limited and so, to avoid disappointment, places should be booked early.

Please visit the ERCA event website for detailed information and ticket purchase at:

Save money !

ERCA members pay a lower fee for the main conference. So save money (~20 £ per person !) when applying online for an ERCA membership prior to your conference registration. Read more about the ERCA membership and apply online for membership.
All attendees can take advantage of “early-bird” offers when registering before the 16th of September 2013. 

Every organisation involved in ropes courses is strongly advised to send at least one representative to the conference. Similarly, individuals that have a professional interest in ropes courses are advised to attend. Places at the conference are limited to 300 people and so the allocation of tickets will be on a first come first serve basis.


Wiltshire Outdoor Learning take delivery of New Monkey Climbing Holds

CCS have recently delivered Monkey Climbings NEW ‘Mushroom’ Ice Climbing / Dry Tooling set to Wiltshire Outdoor Learning.  This is a World exclusive – Wiltshire Outdoor Learning is THE ONLY place, worldwide to have this brand new design in the Monkey Hardware range.

Monkey Hardware ‘Dry Tooling’ on Trees

South Morley District Scouts installed Monkey Hardware Tree Climb this weekend

SLAM Scouts NEW Monkey Climb


SLAM Scouts NEW Crate Stack Activity

South Morley and Leeds District Scouts have been upgrading their facilities this Spring – They now have an Archery Area, Crate Stack, and Monkey Tree Climb.  The whole group have been working very hard in installing the new activities.  CCS have supplied Shear reduction pulleys, the Monkey Climbing Set, and our newly launched Adventure Harness with back attachment point – making it ideal for crate stacking activities.

Oliver Blackburn and one or two friends have also made a promotional video which you can view on Youtube!  Great soundtrack too.

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Beaudesert Park Campsite order more Monkeys!

Everyone likes to Monkey Around!

Nigel Theaker, Estate Manager of Beaudesert Camp Site in Cannock Wood, Staffordshire has placed another order to top up their exisitng Monkey Climb in the Trees!  Everyone is eagerly awaiting their arrival, which will see the climb extended by another 11mtrs or so.

Follow this link to their facebook page to keep up with events;!/beaudesertpark?fref=ts





ERCA Safety Commission – Safety Warning 1/2013

Addition to formerly published recalls:

NEW precautionary safety notices resp. precautionary recalls for Via Ferrata Sets from different manufacturers.

Now friction based Via Ferrata Sets were added in the second wave of recalls, whereas six  months ago Via Ferrata Sets with elastic lanyards were mentioned.

Please follow the link below to visit the UIAA website for an english summary and a table of affected models:

In addition to the specific safety warnings we recommend all users of via ferrata sets to check the latest product information notices at the manufacturers websites before usage of your via ferrata set.

Please Note:
The aim of releasing ERCA safety alerts is to disseminate up to date information which will help to avoid accidents on ropes courses. We are committed to providing unbiased information about the sequence of events and the causes of accidents. We are neither in the position to, nor do we have the intention of, undertaking in-depth on-the-spot investigations. Please send your comments and questions regarding the safety alert to

IOL Membership

Challenge Course Supplies are proud to announce that we are now fully paid up members of the Institute for Outdoor Learning.

The Institute for Outdoor Learning encourages outdoor learning by developing quality, safety and opportunity to experience outdoor activity provision and by supporting and enhancing the good practice of those who work in the outdoors.

IOL supports your work and career whether you are a professional outdoor practitioner, field study officer, instructor, teacher, youth worker, outdoor leader, management development trainer, student or anyone involved in learning outdoors.