OUR MISSION is to provide groups & individuals with safe and unique adventures, in a small group setting. Our goal is to offer the highest quality services and programs available. We hope to strengthen your self-awareness as well as your  interconnectedness to those around you. Join us and share an experience that you’ll never forget!

EDUCATION happens best in a small group atmosphere. Experience is the best teacher and we want you to experience with your heart, soul, mind and body! Using a series of group problem solving challenges we hope to increase your groups strengths and abilities to work together productively. We work with people in the home, workplace, community and the natural world. We can help your group develop better communication, compassion, respect, productivity and problem solving abilities in order to more fully maximize your potential.

SAFETY is the cornerstone of our programs. We are one of the oldest and most trusted adventure schools in the midwest. Our courses are led by experienced facilitators, who are adept at teaching you the skills you’ll need. Our programs have evolved over many years and our safety procedures are continually reviewed and updated. Whether recreational, therapeutic or corporate we “set the standard” in all we do. The fact that we have one of the best safety records in North America is no accident!

ROCK CLIMBING COURSES for treatment groups, management teams and others who find a challenge in working with others. Similar in format to our courses take on a more focused and group oriented approach. We stress the need to trust, listen and respect others wishes and limitations while at the same time encouraging participants to push themselves beyond their self imposed limits. All this is done in a safe and supportive environment while hanging on a rope off a rocky cliff. Sounds fun doesn’t it. Groups and individuals with special needs are always welcome!  Call for prices and dates!

IS YOUR GROUP USING ALL ITS TOOLS IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS?

  • STRESS MANAGEMENT
  • COMMUNICATION SKILLS
  • INCREASE TEAM PRODUCTIVITY
  • CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING
  • INCREASE GROUP COOPERATION
  • INCREASE TRUST AND RESPECT

WILDERNESS ADVENTURES in the Great Lakes, U.S., Canada, and the world, including Michigan, Ontario, Arizona, Scotland and Venezuela.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COURSES Low ropes and initiative and rock climbing courses. Offering experienced guides and facilitators delivering on and off site adventure programs for corporate challenge, schools, personal development and athletic programs.

FAMILY AND YOUTH PROGRAMS includes our1 day rock climbing courses, adventure camps for kids and parents and a variety of year around outdoor adventures that you can all do together!

IS THIS YOUR GROUP?

  • STRESSED OUT!
  • INEFFECTIVE COMMUNICATORS
  • LOW TEAM PRODUCTIVITY
  • PROBLEM SOLVING, WHAT'S THAT?
  • COMPETITIVE WORK ENVIRONMENT
  • LACK OF TRUST AND RESPECT

ATHLETIC PROGRAMS - we offer an array of on and off site programs from 1 to 6 days. Customized to meet your goals and enhance your teams ability to work together. Our goal is to help your team to apply the lessons learned with us to the sports arena. Learning to use all “their tools” to increase their level of performance and to create a stronger team on and off the field.

THERAPEUTIC RECREATION in a wilderness based setting. Courses and excursions from 3-10 days with facilitators and guides experienced in working with at risk and special needs groups.

PROFESSIONAL & CORPORATE CONSULTING  Technical high ropes rigging, safety consultations for special events including TV commercials, photo shoots, theatrical, corporate, industrial and government projects. Call for corporate rates. A list of our past clients furnished upon request.

TOYOTA chose VERTICAL VENTURES as the company to oversee the design and construction of two state of the art climbing walls for the 1997 - 1998 North American International Auto Shows. We designed a safety program, auditioned and trained actors and staffed the shows with our on stage technical personnel and off stage safety consultants.   Over 750 shows coast to coast!

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