Mohawk Walk

The Mohawk Walk is series of footcables strung between trees or poles, typically in a zig zag pattern. The object is to get the entire group from the first tree to the last without touching the ground, and without the aid of foreign objects (sticks, rope, etc). The group must create a strategy, assign roles, work as a team, and assess progress throughout the entire activity.

Sample Story Line

  1. Explain to the group that they have been wrongfully detained in a high security prison in a far off land.
  2. You've learned that the guard changes shift every night, and that for about 20 minutes, the walls at the top of the prison are unguarded. If the group is going to make a break for it, now is the time!
  3. Explain to the group that the walls are very high, and if anyone falls off, they are sure to be captured. Also, explain to the group that the entire team must make it across. If anyone from the team is caught before the group escapes, the guards will quickly turn on all of the lights, seal off the escape entrance, and then it's back to jail.

Some facilitiation tips:

  • Set out a rope or stick that defines the starting and ending points. Groups have a tendancy to bunch up and get in the way at both ends.
  • You could have the group carry an object, such as a bucket or stuffed animal, from start to finish.
  • To make the activity easier for younger or less able groups, you can secure a hand rope between the trees or poles.
  • Be sure to have spotters on both sides of the participants, in each section. You can rotate the individual's roles once they get to a certain point.


This is a popular standard ropes course element constructed on poles or trees.
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