Build Backyard Obstacle Course for Kids

“You’d be surprised by how much variety and fun can be had by creating courses from objects you have lying around the house,” said a mother of two kids. As professional obstacle course manufacturer and builder, JP Development would like to share one idea on building backyard obstacle course for kids here, which named Don’t Ring the Bells, shared by another smart mother.

The kids obstacle course Don’t Ring the Bells will challenge your kid’s balance, agility and concentration as she carefully makes her way through without making any of the bells dangled throughout ring. Busy toddlers will love this fun course.

There can be a variety of obstacles. Firstly, we can set Obstacle 1 by hanging a hula hoop from the roof or other thing, tying colorful bells to the top of the hoop or making it trickier by tying them to the bottom too. Instead, you can tie bells to children’s tunnel, peg, tape or other things to make the obstacle.

Obstacle 2 can be designed for crawling under. Use a piece of plastic pipe, a pool noodle or your broomstick to hang the bells from.

For Obstacle 3, we can set a balance beam. Lay a short length of skirting board or a piece of decking board on the floor, and place some bells along the beam for kids to step over. And to be trickier, the beam can be lifted by some bricks or something like this.

And the Obstacle 4, 5, 6, take good use of your imagination please.

Considering taking not a lot of space, the DIY obstacle course for kids can be located both indoor and outdoor, so whether condition is not a problem. Try it now.

Any question about professional obstacle course construction, please feel free to contact JP Development.


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Introduction to Via Ferrata

A via ferrata (Italian for "iron road", plural vie ferrate or in English via ferratas) is a protected climbing route found in the Alps and certain other locations. The term "via ferrata" is used in most countries and languages except notably in German-speaking countries including Switzerland and Austria, which use Klettersteig (German for "climbing path"), plural Klettersteige.

The essence of a modern via ferrata is a steel cable which runs along the route and is periodically (every 1 to 10 metres (3.3 to 32.8 ft)) fixed to the rock. Using a via ferrata kit, climbers can secure themselves to the cable, limiting any fall. The cable can also be used as aid to climbing, and additional climbing aids, such as iron rungs (stemples), pegs, carved steps and even ladders and bridges are often provided. Thus via ferratas allow otherwise dangerous routes to be undertaken without the risks associated with unprotected scrambling and climbing or the need for climbing equipment such as ropes. They offer the relatively inexperienced a means of enjoying dramatic positions and accessing difficult peaks, normally the preserve of the serious mountaineer; although, as there is a need for some equipment, a good head for heights and basic technique, the via ferrata can be seen as a distinct step up from ordinary mountain walking. Conversely, the modest equipment requirements, ability to do them solo, and potential to cover a lot of ground, mean that via ferratas can also appeal to more experienced climbers.

Via ferratas can vary in length from short routes taking less than an hour, to long, demanding alpine routes covering significant distance and altitude (1,000 metres (3,300 ft) or more of ascent), and taking eight or more hours to complete. In certain areas, such as the Brenta Dolomites, it is possible to link via ferratas together, staying overnight in mountain refuges, and so undertake extensive multi-day climbing tours at high altitude. In difficulty, via ferratas can range from routes that are little more than paths, albeit in dramatic and exposed situations, to very steep and strenuous routes, overhanging in parts, demanding the strength—if not the technique—of serious rock climbing. Generally, via ferratas are done in ascent, although it is possible to descend them.

The origins of the via ferrata date back to the nineteenth century, but they are often associated with the First World War, when several were built in the Dolomite mountain region of Italy to aid the movement of troops. Many more have been developed in recent years, as their popularity has grown and the tourism benefits have been recognised. Over 1000 via ferratas now exist. The majority are found in the Alps, most notably in Italy and Austria. Others are found in a number of European countries, and a few places elsewhere. Via ferratas have traditionally been associated with limestone mountain regions, notably the Dolomites and the Northern Limestone Alps, as the steep nature of the terrain creates the need for some form of protected paths, while the presence of ledges and natural weaknesses means relatively easy but rewarding routes can often be created. However, they are now found in a range of different terrains.
(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)


10 Tips for Rock Climbing Wall Beginners

Have you ever hesitated to say SURE when asked to go hiking? Have you ever struggled to say NO PROBLEM when invited to go biking together? It seems to be no. But how about rock climbing? Maybe you’ll say, “Oh, let me see.” Why? That’s because rock climbing usually is regarded as an athletic adventure that has always seemed slightly beyond our reach. Dangling 45 feet from the ground, held only by a rope, sounds like a feat of Herculean strength we’re not sure we possess.

However, research shows that rock climbing can provide an aerobic workout, build upper-body strength, and maintain cardiovascular fitness. In addition, figuring out the best way up the wall gives our brain a mental workout as well.

It turns out that scaling the side of an indoor climbing wall is actually a lot less scary than we thought. So for beginners, start your rock climbing with indoor wall climbing is a good choice and here are 10 tips for you before walking into your nearest climbing gym.

1. Pick Your River
There are several types of climbing (Learn details of climbing types in JP’s news posted on 17/05/2017). Try them all to see what floats your boat. Top-roping (or rope climbing) with a belay partner allows new climbers to cover a lot of distance on the walls. No partner? No problem—use an auto-belay.

If you're afraid of heights, bouldering—rock climbing without ropes—is a great option since the walls are shorter. If rope climbing is long-distance running, bouldering is like sprinting, someone think.

2. Get Geared Up
Proper footwear is key. Softer climbing shoes are recommended. Skip socks if they're your own shoes, and wear thin ones if you're renting. For bouldering, the only other piece of equipment you need is a chalk bag, and you’re good to go. For top-roping, climbers also need a harness, lead rope, chalk bag, carabiner, and belay device—all of which should be available to rent at your climbing gym. (Learn more about Clothing and Gear for Gym Climbing in JP’s news posted on 24/05/2017)

3. Learn The Ropes
Now you've got the gear; and you have to learn how to properly belay. In fact, climbers have to be belay-certified before hitting the wall on their own, so taking a class is essential.

4. Choose Your Route
Top-roping routes will always start with a five, followed by a decimal point, and then another number that corresponds to the difficulty level of the climb. Routes labeled 5.5 or 5.6 are beginner routes, and the higher the number after the decimal point (like 5.12), the harder the climb. Bouldering routes are rated by the V-scale, starting with V0.

Once you've selected a path, begin with both hands on the start holds (usually labeled with two pieces of tape), keeping your feet off the ground. Then follow the same color route up the wall. No cheating by going off the color. Some routes won’t have two footholds at the start, so you can just keep the other foot against the wall when you begin.

5. Engage Your Core Strength
It seems like climbing would require serious upper-body strength, but your core strength is actually most important. Experience in sports like gymnastics, yoga, or Pilates gives first-time climbers a leg up. Other necessary body parts you’ll need to recruit are your fingers, hands, and upper body (arms, shoulders, and back).

6. Keep Arms Straight
Climbing can become more efficient when keeping your arms straight. At the same time, try to keep your legs bent, which makes it easier to push yourself up with your lower body.

7. Plan Your Climb
It's a smart idea to sequence the hand movements and identify all of the footholds on the wall before you start your climb. As you gain more experience, you'll be able to read sequences better, which is considered a great skill. Also try looking for clues: Which holds have chalk on them (to tell you where other climbers have been placing their hands) and which have rubber marks from shoes?

8. Learn The Lingo
It’s essential to communicate properly with your belay partner so you’re both on the same page.

9. Take A Safe Leap
Coming down from the top of the wall can seem scary at first, but as long as you've taken all the proper safety precautions, you'll be fine. And it's actually pretty fun! When you’re ready to come down, alert your belayer (“lower“), straighten your arms, keep your feet against the wall, and let go with your arms. Think “feet first” so you can push off your legs. It can be safer and less harsh on your knees to try to climb down the same way you climbed up, rather than bounce against the wall

10. Prepare Before Going Outdoors
Rock climbing in a gym is a completely different sport than climbing outside. Grades are going to feel a lot harder outside than inside. Plus, you probably won't have access to trained instructors and the outdoors is a less-controlled environment—you're at the mercy of weather conditions and natural holds. But when the time comes, as long as you take the proper safety precautions and communicate well with your partner, heading out can be way more fun than climbing indoors.


Can Kids Try American Ninja Warrior?

Premiered on June 12, 2017 on NBC, the ninth season of American Ninja Warrior, a competition show in which athletes wind their way through a complex obstacle course, drew a 1.6 rating in Nielsen’s 18-49 demo with its last week’s episode, according to live-plus same day numbers, hitting a season high.

“People never seem to get tired of seeing ordinary people – both men and women alike – do extraordinary things,” says Arthur Smith, whose A. Smith and Co. produces the series. “The show has proved a model that sports entertainment can play really well to a broad audience,” he says. “There’s something that is in the DNA of ‘Ninja’ that’s special and relatable to people of all ages and all walks of life and that is why it has become true family entertainment.”

When watching the show, we’re always excited and dream to try, even though our young kids. However, can Kids try American Ninja Warrior?

Unfortunately, NO. Participants for American Ninja Warrior must be at least 21 years old, which means kids are never qualified for the contest, according to the game rules which is set considering children’s physical and mental condition.

Then what should parents do to satisfy kids’ adventure and challenge desire? There’s a good choice—Take them to challenge JP’s High Ropes Obstacle Course.

Similar to American Ninja Warrior, JP’s High Ropes Obstacle Course set aerial obstacles for participants to overcome, and 100+ obstacles with various challenge levels make the whole challenge tour not only painstaking, also fun and exciting.

What distinguish JP’s High Ropes Obstacle Course lies in the age requirement. No upper age limit, JP’s High Ropes Obstacle Course allows kids as young as 3 or 4 years old to challenge themselves. So it’s a real family entertainment facility and popular in shopping mall, zoos, adventure parks, resort, etc.

Should you have any question about building JP’s High Ropes Obstacle Course, feel free to contact us.


The 3rd Annual China Camp Education Conference Started Today

The third annual China Camp Education Conference (CCEC) started on the morning of Sept. 14, 2017 in Beidaihe District, Qinhuangdao, China. As member of CCEC, JP Development attends the conference and share experience with others.

China Camp Education Conference (CCEC) is the most authoritative and the largest camp education conference in China. CCEC aims at helping members share ideas concerning the recent academic achievements, the designing of camp and the values of management; discussing how to promote the sound development of Chinese teenagers through camp education, as well as, coordinating the multi-cooperation of social resources in camp education industry.

The third annual CCEC takes the “CAMP+” representing “diversification” as the core conception of conference. Mr. Tom Rosenberg, Chairman of America Camp Association (ACA), Mr. Mika Tirronen, Finnish Education and Science Counselor, Ms Zhao Wei, Honorary Chairman of CCEC, and other honored guests attended the conference and will delivered speeches in the following two days.

Mr. Jin Jianyang, president of DEVELOPMENT Group, and Ms Zhao Ruiqiong, vice president of DEVELOPMENT Group, take part in the conference as JP’s representatives. They brought JP’s practical camp education experience, participate in the discussion sessions initiatively, and communicate conscientiously with 1000+ participants from home and abroad.

In the rapid development of Camp Education, this conference will show the comprehensiveness and containment of Chinese camp education completely. It will also create more opportunities for the industry, and provide more choices for growth of youth.