Children love playing outside due to an abundance of fresh air, limitless space to run, and a complete lack of buckets of lobsters on ice. Live like an overgrown child with today's Groupon: for $89, you get a six-hour couples retreat, which includes a four-hour ropes course, canoeing, couples reflection time, a guest speaker, and dinner for two (a $199 value) at the CLAS Ropes Course in Provo. Today's deal is offered the first Saturday of every month from May until October, from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
CLAS Ropes’ couples retreat challenges daring duos to test the strength of biceps and the power of love during a six-hour session. Twosomes set out to conquer a four-hour ropes course, complete with zip line, a giant swing, and a climbing tower. Coupled climbers are strapped safely into safety harnesses before being launched through the treetops on the steel-cabled zip line, providing a feeling of flight and a vision of what life was like before the invention of air. Participants can hone giant-Jenga strategy on the 40-foot rock-climbing and rappelling wall, and canoe their way through the Provo River to exercise co-piloting skills and splendor-spotting abilities.
To recuperate after the treeborn and watery playtime, twosomes are given a half-hour reflection period to rehash favorite moments, set goals for following rope climbs, or practice tree-top snuggling. Guest speaker Terri Thompson rounds out the schedule, inspiring the couples about improved communication and deeper awareness as they dine on the Costa Vida–catered dinner.
CLAS Ropes Course
Benjamin Allen believes outdoor pursuits can positively influence those in need. This belief has led him all over the continent, building a ropes course for an orphanage in Mexico and setting up two courses for troubled youth at Provo Canyon School, a bit closer to home. Wanting to share his knowledge of nature with the public, he set up a course, CLAS Ropes Course, near Utah Lake nearly 20 years ago. Benjamin and his crew have since erected more than 50 ropes courses around the country, continuing to inspect ropes and train others how to run them.
CLAS Ropes Course continues to grow each year, creating obstacles such as a giant swing that releases passengers 40 feet in the air, a 400-foot zipline that whizzes through forest canopy, and a "leap of faith," where adventure seekers jump from a treetop platform to a trapeze. A log balance beam hung 30 feet above the ground and a 24-foot-tall rock-climbing tower test agility and endurance, and a fleet of 20 canoes lets paddlers navigate a mile and a half of river. Many of these structures play host to team-building activities focused on developing a group's creativity and tolerance for hearing one another sing. Staff members tailor their instruction to families, dating groups, or athletic teams. They often apply their approach to athletes, such as a professional golfer who traveled all the way from Texas hoping to conquer her fear of not qualifying for tournaments. She defeated the log balance beam, departed victorious, and qualified during her next tryout two weeks later.