Fechnay Challenge Course

The challenge course and teambuilding program involves goal setting, cooperative games, initiatives, low ropes activities and high ropes elements all designed to build confidence, teamwork, and leadership skills. The decision to participate in any or all elements is left up to the participants ("Challenge By Choice" concept). Teambuilding and Initiative activities can take place anywhere on campus. Low elements generally take place 18 - 24 inches off the ground on our course, while high elements can utilize either our indoor or outdoor high ropes course. All participants are belayed by a safety rope while wearing a helmet.

The ropes challenge course was funded by the Fechnay Leadership Development Program established by Scott Fechnay, class of 1969. The original course was built by Karl Rohnke, class of 1960, an international leader, author, and pioneer in adventure learning and co-founder of Project Adventure and High 5 Adventure Learning. The current course was built by Alpine Towers out of Asheville, North Carolina. Both Scott and Karl are committed to teaching, developing, and refining leadership capabilities within the Washington and Lee community.

Leadership Development Goals:

1. To provide participants opportunities for learning, understanding and application of tangible and intangible leadership skills through adventure and classroom activities;

2. To develop within participating individuals and groups the following leadership capabilities:

  • inspiring a shared team vision through goal setting, initiatives and evaluation;
  • enabling others to achieve their potential through collaboration and teamwork;
  • improving the process of strategic problem solving through development and practice of risk taking, assessment and communication skills;
  • encouraging the heart by recognizing contributions and celebrating accomplishments;
  • increasing personal self-confidence, trust, and mutual support throughout a team;
  • leading by moral and ethical example.

The online Registration Form must be completed by the organizer and returned to James Dick, Manager of the Fechnay Challenge Course, Elrod Commons 115. Prior to completing the paperwork, please contact James to discuss the group's goals and desired outcomes.

The Health Disclosure and Acknowledgement of Risk forms must be completed and signed by each participant and brought to the course on the day of the program.

For more information, please call (540) 458-4066, or email outing@wlu.edu.