Events November 2013

Come and see us at the ASGC Annual Conference

Gilwell Park Scout Activity Centre, Bury Road, Chingford, E4 7QW

On Saturday 30th November 2013.  The Trade Show runs from 11.00am until 4.00pm.

This year there are over 25 exhibitors, so well worth a visit!  CCS will be holding two Monkey Hardware Workshops at 1.30pm and 2.45pm, (this will be outside so please bring appropriate outdoor clothing if you are going to attend).  There will be a demonstration, open Q&A session and attendees will have the opportunity to try the Monkeys.   

As an added bonus, CCS will be offering a 20% discount off any Standard Set of Monkeys for orders placed on the day of the Conference, (Terms and Conditions Apply*).


  • Only available to ASGC Members.
  • Orders must be placed at the Conference. 
  • Goods will be invoiced week commencing 02/12/13. 
  • All invoices must be paid in full by 31/12/2013 for delivery to customer by 31/01/2014.
  • Applies to Standard ‘off the shelf, boxed sets’ only – no deviations of contents, one colour per set.
  • Does not apply to ancillary products (Tree Tools, Orangutan Backpack will not qualify for discount).
  • Please note that Monkey Sets WILL NOT be available to take away on the day.

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.


The Adventure Guild opens Treetop Adventure with ISC SmartSnap Self-belay device.


Mountain Lake Treetop Adventures is an aerial ropes course built among a mixed hemlock, birch and oak forest. It consists of 3 separate, elevated courses for different ability levels and has over 30 elements that will challenge you to new heights.

Each course varies in terms of elevation and the strenuousness of the challenges. Elements include rope bridges, ladders, zip lines and more. We offer the latest and safest belay system from the UK. Once you go through the training, you are able to navigate the course self-guided.

Click here to see what local news team WSLS10 had to say

Zipstream Aerial Adventure has built a new High-ropes course at Ruby Falls, Chattanooga, using the ISC SmartSnap Self-belay device.

Chattanooga adds an “adventure above the rest” with a never-before-seen view of the Scenic City from the tree tops at Ruby Falls. This challenge is made up of suspended obstacle courses built in trees that include ladders, nets, walkways, bridges, tunnels and zip lines! In addition to the Orange, Green, and Blue Diamond Courses already at ZIPstream, the Tower ZIP Ride offers guests a zip line experience without the ropes course elements. That’s 700 feet of roundtrip zipping! The three-sided, 40-foot Climbing Tower is also new onsite, with five routes of varying difficulty.

Ruby Falls ZIPstream Aerial Adventure includes 30 highwire challenge elements including ladders, nets, walkways, bridges, tunnels, and zip lines all set into three distinct courses: Green and Blue Diamond for ages 11 and up, and an Orange Diamond for children ages 6-10.

Ruby Falls ZIPstream – Blue Course Point of View Cam

Ruby Falls ZIPstream – Green Course Point of View Cam

Don Stock from Zipstream Adventure in the USA tells us why he thinks the ISC SmartSnap belay system is so good


The SmartSnap™ device is used to prevent users from becoming unclipped from the line at any time. Accidental detachment from safety systems is particularly relevant at transfer points – where there is a high risk of the user being exposed to a fall. But engineering technology has the answer…

The SmartSnap™ has a simple Snaphook design which incorporates a clever key locking mechanism. Once locked in, the user cannot become detached from the line, unless released by the course Supervisor, using the ‘Supervisor’ key.

The main body of the SmartSnap™ is made from High Strength Aluminium. Stainless Steel wear inserts protect the body from contact with the wire– these inserts are easily replaceable. Extended trials on various courses around the world have shown that the SmartSnap™ can cope with extreme use. The ‘Wire’ and ‘Ring’ keys (which are fitted at each transfer point), are made from Solid Stainless Steel, so they are difficult to bend or break and can be left outside during the season.

The SmartSnap™ device is serviceable, and all main wear parts are replaceable. The device is suitable for use on 9– 13mm wire.

The SmartSnap™ is really simple to use and therefore doesn’t require in depth user training; it is lightweight and therefore is perfectly suitable for children to use; and it has been designed so that it is easy to retro-fit to an existing course.

The SmartSnap™ is a perfect product for Course owners who recognise the need to improve safety on their course without breaking the bank.

“We love the SmartSnap system because it embodies two critical values that are central to our operating ethos; it provides 100% tie-off security by disallowing unintentional disconnection from the belay system, while also retaining participant involvement in the transfer process. It’s an ingenious product and is the standard belay system we use for our ZIPStream® brand of aerial adventure parks “.

Don Stock
ZIPStream Aerial Adventures

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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