Condor Challenge, CALM’s newest attraction, gives guests of all ages an opportunity to reach new heights
Guests to the California Living Museum will be given the opportunity to reach new heights as the zoo opens its latest attraction called Condor Challenge.
The addition, which consists of Bakersfield’s only outdoor rock-climbing tower and high-ropes challenge course, is something totally different for CALM, says KCSOS chief of staff Steve Sanders.
“It’s our first attempt at a recreational exhibit,” Sanders said. “It’s one that will complement nicely what CALM already offers — our animal and plant collection and our train. It will make the zoo even more of a destination.”
Condor Challenge is a couple years in the making and was paid for through a grant awarded to KCSOS by the Carol M. White Physical Education Program, which helps organizations fund fitness projects for students.
“Because we already have so many students visiting CALM during the year, the project was a perfect fit,” Sanders said.
CALM enlisted the help of local rock-climber and outdoor guide Jeff Firkins to help roll out the attraction. He recruited a team of staffers with experience in climbing and working with groups to foster trust, self-confidence, determination, cooperation, communication and agility.
“Condor Challenge is about group bonding and promoting team-work but also has an inherent component of self-challenge,” Firkins said.
He added that his team subscribes to the philosophy of challenge by choice. That is, participants are encouraged to partake in all activities, but no one is forced. Individuals choose the level and extent of their participation.
“Healthy risk taking is an integral part of the learning process,” Firkins said.
Condor Challenge is geared toward groups of up to 24 participants and is designed for the likes of youth & church groups, businesses, non-profits, school clubs, youth and adult sports teams and birthday parties.
Condor Challenge is broken into various high and low elements. The high ropes course involves a series of elements that challenge participants to climb to heights of more than 35 ft. and maneuver across horizontal obstacle like a single cable, nets, poles and an incomplete bridge.
A highlight is called the “leap” in which participants stand atop a pole and must leap out several feet to catch a trapeze.
Low elements consist of six separate ground-level components that involve balance and agility in which the entire team’s participation is needed to achieve a set goal. Only through unified teamwork can groups succeed and move onto the next element.
Condor Challenge also features a 32-foot climbing tower with two faces featuring a minimum of four distinct climbing routes. The climbing facility is used as part of high/low ropes packages, but is also available for individual use on weekends and during special events.
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