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Low Ropes Courses

We design, manufacture and install a variety of low ropes challenge courses for small and large group use. Your options include courses built in trees, on freestanding poles or steel challenge course structures.
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High Ropes Courses
We design, manufacture and install a variety of high ropes challenge courses for indoor and outdoor use. Your options include courses built in trees, on freestanding poles or steel ropes course structures.
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Climbing Structures

We design, manufacture and install a variety of climbing walls, towers and structures for indoor and outdoor use. Our products include

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Equipment Sales
We stock all the equipment and hardware for you challenge course, ropes course, climbing and/or adventure program.  We carry Ascenders, auto-belays, belay devices, carabiners, helmets, lanyards, pulleys, rope, bolts, cable, clamps, etc.

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Inspection Services
We provide hands on technical and operational inspections for courses we build and challenge courses built by others.
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Training Services
Trango Cinch Belay Device
provide staff training and certification for all installations provided by us as well as on challenge course structures built by others.
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Customer Support
We pride ourselves on providing quality timely service. Our office is open Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Central Standard Time
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Experiential Systems, Inc.
P.O. Box 188
Lansing, IL 60438
(877) 206-8967

About ESI
Experiential Systems, Inc. (ESI) is a full service challenge course and climbing wall construction and training company. ESI provides: consultation, design, installation, training, equipment sales and inspection services. 
ESI is a Level 3 PVM member of the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) and completes all construction and training to their stringent written standards. Additionally ESI maintains memberships with the Association for Experiential Education (AEE),  the American Camping Association (ACA), The Climbing Wall Association (CWA) and the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA).
ESI takes pride in every project, ensuring that each client is completely satisfied with their new product or service.
Our products include indoor and outdoor high  ropes courses, low team initiative courses, climbing walls, climbing towers, and portable adventure activities and games.
Our services include staff training, inspection services, program review, risk management planning, accreditation preparation and facility management.

What should I look for?
The question of most organizations are, "What should I look for when searching for a challenge course  vendor?" All business owners know they want a professionally designed challenge course that is functional, attractive, safe and easy to use. But what should they look for in the company building the challenge course? Educate yourself on:

Listed first for a reason, a challenge course company's portfolio is a direct representation of how well they will work out for you. Visit as many of the websites listed in the portfolio as you can. Pay close attention to the variety of organizations listed in the portfolio. If the company has experience working with facilities like yours they'll be able to assist you even more in all facets of your challenge course including: design, installation, inspection, staff training and equipment sales.. Also check to see if the company works with all different kinds of organizations or only certain ones. The flexibility of your challenge course company will help. If you're a small to medium sized business you do not want to work with a challenge course vendor that only specializes in large corporate and organizational development. Also a lot of challenge course vendors have a particular look to their work. Make sure you like the designs of the installations in their portfolio. Look for color coordination, usability (navigation/layout/design), standardization (common look/feel), and specific features you might want on your challenge course. Your challenge course is not going to be successful without visitors. Make sure the challenge course vendor you're looking into has knowledge of program design and marketing.

You should know all you can about the company you're thinking of paying to create or renew your challenge course facility. How many employees does the company have? Do you know of any complaints about the company? The Association for Challenge Course technology ( , The Association for Experiential Education ( and The Better Business Bureau ( are just a few agencies organizations may use to check the background of a challenge course vendor. Where is the company located? The location of the company can affect how comfortable you feel working with them. If you can meet with your designers face to face it will allow you to get a better idea of if they are right for you.

Even if the challenge course vendor you're thinking about knows what they are doing, you do not want to spend 6 months getting your new ropes course or climbing tower completed. Start communicating with the company to make sure you're comfortable with their ways of communicating and their response times. Ask them what normal time frames they have for getting a facility like yours up and running.

The company you're looking into should have the ability to provide you with what you want. Even more, they should be able to suggest to you what you need and what they can do to assist you in accomplishing your goals. If you do not want to spend the time working with multiple companies, make sure the challenge course vendor you're looking into offers all the services you need so you only have one company to deal with. This will save you time and money. Services you should think about are ongoing staff training, annual inspection services, marketing assistance, program development, company identity and logos, support/maintenance, and maybe even website support. Experiential Systems enjoys assisting our customers with all of these services. But some companies specialize in particular areas only.

Pricing, Budgets, and Payment Options
What are you getting for hard earned money? Make sure the company's rates are comparable to competitors. You also want to make sure you have documented exactly what you are going to receive for your money. Will there be any ongoing charges to maintain your site? If so, what are they and do I really need them? Does the company provide any help with budgets for non-profit organizations? Are they flexible in working with small to medium companies working with small budgets? The vendor you go with should have payment options to assist your business and your budget.

We hope we've helped you in finding the right company to assist you with all your challenge course needs. Please email us at with any questions or comments.
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