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Location: Clark Sports Center, in Cooperstown
Dates: September 21-23, 2007
Who: Jonathan A., Ben D., Patrick D. (the younger), Bryce H., John K., Jonathan M., Matt S., Chris S., Steve Alessandrini, John Dooley, Mike Fitzsimmons, and John Ivory
Notes: On a scale of 1 to 10, the inside course is a 5, and this outside course is an 11.  Both are excellent.
   


  

Located a short walk across the main grounds of the Clark Sports Center is this impressive structure, where we spent a little over four hours.  We can tell you it's a lot higher than it might look from these photos.

 

 

The staff at the center was excellent.  After starting us off with a few team building exercises, they gave us a very detailed safety briefing, and got us set to go up on the course.




The actual organization of the many paths through the course is not at all obvious from the pictures.  In fact, it's not entirely obvious when you're up on it either.  Basically, you have the big tower you climb up and gain entry with.  From the tower, you have five different posts, each post offering two different platforms.  The center post connects out to each post on the corner, and the corners connect to form a box.  When it's all said and done, you have a lot of different paths you can attempt.  Some easy.  Some not so easy.

 

I particularly like the picture on the right because it gives a sense of exactly how high up we were.

I'd also like to give thanks to Jonathan M. (below), for doing a fine job taking so many of these pictures.







One of the more entertaining challenges of the course is the one shown below.  You'll notice that the foot bridge is missing some planks.  It was tricky enough as-is, but to cross it the full distance, you need to swing on a rope to span the gap.  Ben D. had an interesting approach to the problem, as shown in the first movie on the left below.




 

ZIP
ADEEDODAH

(This is how all of us
got down from the tower!)


We spent the rest of the day enjoying the rest of the Clark Sports Center.  Some kids bowled, most swam, many played ping pong, some worked out on a heavy bag. The bottom line is that everyone had a great time.

Unfortunately, we don't have any pictures this time about the actual camping itself.  It was the same basic place as the last couple of times we were here, except I can't remember a trip where we had this much food!