Summaries from events in the past

Thank you for making our International Ropes Course Conference 2018 such a great success!


This is how our member's event & meeting looked like in the year 2017

What we like is networking! And so we met at the end of January for a really cool team event with accompanying training courses and our annual general meeting - but please have a look yourself for that nice video.


Looking back at the ERCA Conference and AGM 2016

All this happened during the conference:
  • A humorous opening act with the well known cartoonist Eberhard Köpf aka 'Erbse'. His show with cartoons, songs and stories deals with all things 'Climbing' and especially for us he will do a ropes course special.
  • Presentations about topical and important issues will be given in the plenary sessions on Monday and Tuesday.
  • Our charity auction.  Once again we ask for people to be generous with their offers and their bidding!
  • Networking with old acquaintances, colleagues and others from the industry.
  • As always, you have a chance to make your contribution so please come forward if you want to make a presen-tation or have an idea for a particular topic.

ERCA Expert Days in the Netherlands, 11.-12.11.2014

The ERCA Netherlands Expert Day will take place in Wijhe on the 11th and 12th November 2014. This event is to be designed to be a meeting place for ropes course operators, their staff and official bodies. Last year approximately 50 guests took part and enjoyed 9 seminar workshops. Three exhibitors presented their products. This year we would like to increase numbers and we shall therefore invite people from the Netherlands and Belgium. All nationalities are welcome to attend.

Proposed workshops will be held in Dutch or English:

  • Corporate accountability and defensability by Jerome Mayhew.
  • Legal consequences of the verdict, by a judge in the Netherlands, on an accident on a zipwire. How to deal with these situations by Elout Korevaer.
  • How to run a safe exploitation in adventure parks by Paul de Gast.
  • Various equipement and belay systems for use in adventure parks. How do i decide on this matter? By Outdoor Pro. 
  • Use of themes in adventure parks/ new chances. By Joel Bruinsma.
  • Rot on poles. How to recognize and how to treat?
  • Practical workshop about mobile low ropes kit. By Craig Palmer.
  • Results of tests on ziplines. By Paul de Gast.
  • Importancy of maintenance in adventure parks. How to reduce yearly costs? By Frank Schilders.
  • Practical workshop breaking test on ppe and safety cables.
  • Story from Guy Ditchfield about his National Curriculum.
  • Voordracht van een bestuurslid van de ERCA en gelegenheid tot het stellen van vragen over de ERCA.
  • How to make a good risk assessment form y ropes course? By Frank Schilders/ Arno Schrauwen.

Costs: € 40,00 per day per person (price includes lunch, tea and coffee).

To register please email to: 

resp. at a facebook event homepage 


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ERCA at the Int. Congress for Adventure Education (Germany), 26.-27.09.2014

ERCA is representing the ropes course industry at the Int. Congress for Adventure Education (Erleben & Lernen, Augsburg/Germany) on the 26th and 27th September. A big thank you goes to Annekatrin Vogler and Michael Trykowski - both members of the working group SPAIS (traditional ropes courses) - for presenting a forum session at the conference (F13). Furthermore there will be practical rescue demonstrations and a booth to inform attendees about ERCA and its goals. The plenary sessions and workshops are held in German.


rclogoERCA at the Trade Fair and Congress REHACARE International (Germany), 24.-27.09.2014

The ERCA german speaking working group ‘’People with disabilities in ropes courses’’ will represent their work from 24th until 27th September at a special congress and trade fair in Düsseldorf / Germany: www.rehacare.de  


Ropes Course Conference with AGM in Hennef/Germany, 15th to 19th February 2014

Registration & more information is available at the conference website: http://www.erca.cc/conference2014

Preparation is underway for this big ERCA event. We are very much looking forward to meeting all of you! More information about the schedule and registration process coming soon.

The Board will have a two-day meeting to prepare the AGM on December 19th and 20th, 2013. If you have any suggestions, questions or comments, please contact us by email using  or simply call one of us by phone.

A few pre-conference courses will be held on the 15th and 16th February 2014. The members meeting, and an accompanying forum, is to be held on the 17th February 2014. In the morning, there will be time set aside for working group meetings. Your working group coordinators will inform you.

Call for topics!
The conference and exhibition take place on the 18th and 19th February 2014. We would greatly appreciate to receive your ideas for workshop resp. presentation topics. If you have a special wish please email it to  and we are going to find the presenter.

Call for presenters!
Furthermore, we would kindly like to invite you to offer your own workshop or presentation. If you are intending to make an offer please contact Meik Haselbach (+49-7634-503281,  ) or submit your proposal online via:
ERCA will pay the conference fee for every workshop presenter if the proposal is accepted.

Registration & more information is available at the conference website: http://www.erca.cc/conference2014

UK Ropes Course Conference, 30.-31.10.2013

Our conference on October 30th and 31st in Llandudno, Wales, was a great success. 21 exhibitors, 19 presenters and approx. 160 attendees enjoyed a great feeling of the ERCA community during impressive presentations, engaging workshops and an informative trade fair.

The keynote was held by the very entertaining Dr. Donald Perry. Frank Maihoff was presenting a workshop about his work and the activities with the WG for disabled people on ropes courses. There was huge interest in this topic of inclusion.A lot of participants were interested in engaging themselves more in ERCA. As a result of this new British working groups have been founded for WG People with Disabilities and WG Adventure Parks.

Honoring ERCA`s 10th anniversary the former General Manager Frank Schweinheim was speaking about the development of our organisation over 15 years.

The event was sponsored by International Safety Components (ISC) Ltd. and Conwy County Borough Council.

ERCA members can access the PDF files from some presenters at the: Documentation Archive (login required)


ERCA Expert Day Netherlands, 12.11.2013

The ERCA community in the Netherlands is very active. On the 12th of November ERCA has invited the Dutch ropes course community for sharing knowledge about ropes courses. Frank Schilders (ERCA National Contact Person for the Netherlands) and ERCA friends did a great job in organizing that national event for more than 60 participants.

Find more information on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/ERCA-Nederland/603070386386932
ERCA members can access the PDF files from some presenters at the: Documentation Archive (login required)


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