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High ropes activities

9.12.5.1 Definitions

  1. A high ropes activity is any off-ground activity, not covered by the adventurous activity permit scheme that should use a belay or similar safety system such as cow’s tails or a trolley system. Examples of what activities are included within this can be found in High ropes (FS120423).
  2. A temporary high rope structure is a high ropes construction erected for a single event or no longer than a week, whichever is longer.
  3. A permanent high rope structure is a high ropes construction not classed as temporary.

9.12.5.2 Temporary high ropes activities

  1. Construction of temporary high ropes activities must follow the guidelines contained in High ropes (FS120423).
  2. A temporary high ropes activity must be constructed and operated by one of:
    • the holder of a climbing permit, which includes selecting anchors and setting up belay systems, operating within the limits of their permit for group size, supervision levels and so on
    • the holder of a caving or mine exploration permit, which includes vertical pitches, operating within the limits of their permit for group size, supervision levels and so on
    • using a setup, with a written operating manual and constructed by a competent person, which is all agreed by a County Climbing Assessor or a European Ropes Course Association (ERCA) instructor qualified to rescue (or equivalent or higher)

Further details of what should be included within the operating manual and how to find and check an ERCA instructor can be found in High ropes (FS120423).

9.12.5.3 Permanent high ropes activities

  1. construction and maintenance of a permanent high ropes structure must follow the guidelines in AAIAC (Adventure Activities Industry Advisory Committee) – The UK Ropes Course Guide. This can be found in High ropes (FS120423).
  2. a permanent high ropes structure must have a written operating manual which needs to be approved by a Technical Adviser. The minimum qualification of a Technical Adviser is Mountain Instructor Award (MIA) or a European Ropes Course Association (ERCA) qualified high ropes instructor qualified to rescue (or equivalent or higher).

Further details of what should be included within the operating manual and how to find a Technical Adviser can be found in High ropes (FS120423).