Obituary for Karl RohnkeKarl Rohnke died on September 20, 2020, leaving his wife Gloree and two sons in Galena, Illinois. Karl lived the last years of his life with a rare disease and has now passed away after many struggles, setbacks and rays of hope.
He turned 82 years old and since his beginnings at Outward Bound North Carolina, he has been a trainer, ropes course designer and builder, writer, guest speaker and inspirer for over 50 years. Karl Rohnke has been a teacher, mentor and inspirer for me since I met him in 1992 at Project Adventure. Like me, thousands of people have had the chance to experience one of his workshops, seminars or "Ropes Course Programs".
He always left a lasting impression and moved so many people literally and figuratively. His energy, his humor, his creativity and his unconventional way of leading and communicating are still a role model for me today, and hardly a working day goes by without me using one of his warm-ups, initiative games or one of his Ropes Course exercises.
weeks and build a network of assistance and help, in which
everyone can be supported. May we also be fair and open,
communicate with one another and have the courage to be
humanity and cooperation to the test. Let us overcome it without
anxiousness or egoism.
ERCA's Cooperation Partners ...
... support the professional development of the ropes course indutry and partly offer special benefits to ERCA members. Today we feel happy to welcome "Regiondo GmbH" as our new cooperation partner. "Regiondo GmbH" is offering online-ticketing and
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Our ropes course location map is online
We are delighted to announce that our newly designed ropes course location map is now live. Best visit the online map and search it via map view. Please note: The map is centered to an automatic start position. Feel free to move the map and to zoom it. Markers may overlap. You get better results as more you zoom in to a more detailed view.
European Ropes Course Association (ERCA)
Our Association includes instructors, rescuers, trainers, builders and inspectors of ropes courses as well as organisations operating temporary ropes courses.
We update and optimise existing ERCA standards relating to construction, inspection, training and operation of ropes courses. We consider ERCA to be a basis for the exchange of knowledge, safety research and quality improvement.
Non-professionals like recreational climbers, visitors to forest adventure parks or group leaders searching for ropes course facilities will find interesting spots at our ropes course location map.
Teachers, parents or managers of educational programmes may be interested in our FAQ section with helpful answers regarding quality aspects, safety, supervision and more relevant topics for the high ropes course industry.
Our classifieds section is a useful source of information for those seeking employment or for more miscellaneous matters like training courses, equipment for sale or unusual events.