Jacob’s Ladder

team work on the Jacob's ladder at Outdoor Elements


What is a Jacob’s Ladder?

This is a giant swinging ladder of 6-inch beams reaching 12 metres / 40 foot high. Three people attempt to climb as high up the ladder as possible. It is important to work as a team in order to make progress. This task is one of our most physical and involves an amount of strength, flexibility and agility. As the team climbs higher the challenge increases as the space between the rungs gets larger. The rest of the team are involved in holding the ropes and offering encouragement and help. The climbers can be lowered to the ground at any time. Not everyone gets to the top but everyone enjoys trying! Always a good giggle.

Suitable for age 8 to adult.

Learning Outcomes of the Jacob’s Ladder

Enjoyment, team work, communication, encouragement and support, perseverance, effort, sense of achievement, overcoming fears, helping others, leadership, mutual respect, awareness and consideration of others, increased self esteem and confidence, problem solving, willingness to try, personal development, shared experience.


This activity takes place at Outdoor Elements own outdoor activity centre set within a beautiful 7-acre woodland in Simonstone. Outdoor Elements Teambuilding and Outdoor Activity Centre is easily accessible, near to Burnley, Blackburn and the Ribble Valley in Central Lancashire. The Jacob’s Ladder is just one of the high ropes activities available.


The Jacob’s Ladder can be an element within a team challenge event.
The Jacob’s Ladder can form part of a birthday party package.
The Jacob’s Ladder can be combined with the Crate Stack and Leap of Faith for a half-day outdoor activity session.