Sad, Arizona school insurance no longer covering ropes courses.

Ropes courses are being torn down across the state because they can’t be insured

You can say bad attorneys, lousy program, bad instructors, freak accident. But the ropes course or challenge course industry is heading into the history books in Arizona. A lawsuit in Arizona against a public school will force all ropes courses in Arizona Public Schools to be removed.

Because of an accident in Tucson that forced the Arizona schools’ insurance company to pay out millions in a settlement, all ropes courses in Arizona must be removed from school property. Payson installed the ropes course with a federal grant.

In the past ten years I’ve found the following payouts due to ropes courses.



Sutter County California School District

Improperly tied into the course



Alpine Towers International

Improper equipment and failure to train

$5.1 million in what we know about. Who knows how much has not been made public or settled.

And what really sucks about all this is ropes courses are not dangerous.

SeeRopes Course To Come Down

For more info on Ropes Courses & Litigation see:

Payouts in Outdoor Recreation                                                                   

Architects, Engineers and Recreation, we need the first two, to be successful in the second

Assumption of the risk is used to defeat a claim for injuries on a ropes course

Based on the article yes there was going to be a lawsuit                       

Plaintiff raised argument in work/team building situation that they were forced to sign release

Plaintiff uses standards of ACCT to cost defendant $4.7 million         

The standard of care for a ropes or challenge course changes based on who is running it and who is using it (30)                                                                                                     

$400,000 challenge course settlement for shattered ankle                   

When did journalism turn from telling a good factual story to trying to place blame for an accident?  

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