Ropes Courses Incorporated (RCI) grew out of a budding passion for adventure products and a dedication to continuous innovation. After his first operation of a zip line course in 1982, owner Jim Liggett recognized a developing interest in the world of adventure. With unwavering drive and an appetite for discovery, he established RCI in 1989. A love for ropes courses and zip line adventure products in the 1980’s has matured into a career as well as thriving business that Liggett navigates with his wife, Michelle.
The company, based in Allegan, Michigan, currently employs over 100 highly qualified people to aid with design, engineering, manufacturing, installation, and operation of our many amusement attractions. RCI strives to revolutionize the domain of adventure products by constantly experimenting with new design concepts and technologies. In 2017, RCI expanded its product line and acquired Colorado-based company, Amaze’n Mazes, as well as partnering with New Zealand-based company, Clip ‘n Climb®, to further create the ideal adventure space. RCI proudly assumed the role of North American manufacturer of the climbing structures and gained distribution responsibilities within North and South America. These new relationships have allowed RCI to build upon its offering of interactive, engaging attractions that keep all ages thoroughly entertained.
Amaze’n Mazes™ are ideal for facilities in need of durable, safe, customizable, year-round entertainment with little, to no maintenance or labor. The maze challenges participants to fine-tune their navigation skills, while they compete with others to exit the attraction in the fastest time possible.
Clip ‘n Climb® climbing walls are popular additions for family entertainment centers, adventure parks, camps and various other active facilities. The walls themselves have the potential to stand 34ft (10.4m) tall and feature a range of vibrant colors, designs and difficulty levels. Clip ‘n Climb® walls allow businesses to maximize their space while complementing the other attractions they offer.
RCI has been fortunate to install Sky Trail® amusement attractions in over 33 countries, including a 2 Level Sky Trail® with 125 foot, 180° curved Sky Rail™ and stand-alone Sky Tykes® with Sky Rail™ for the historic Philadelphia Zoo in Philadelphia, PA. Carnival Cruise Line’s new ship, Panorama, will also welcome a cheery white, blue and yellow Sky Trail® that stands at 31 feet tall (9.44m) when it sets sail in late 2019.
Continuing their efforts in global expansion, RCI has also been busy collaborating with new potential distributors, Climb Korea Co., Ltd and Zipline Korea, Inc. as each company works to complete the year-long trial period required of them before official distributor status can be granted. The two adventure companies currently have one and three projects planned for 2019, respectively.
To facilitate ever-changing business opportunities, RCI has diversified its product portfolio by working to diversify its product portfolio and now has over 300 combinations of Sky Trail elements being developed regularly to meet client demands. As well as this, all of RCI’s products can be custom themed with over 30 different color options to choose from, including black light to ensure its attractions stand out. Expanding the products offered even more, RCI is in the process of introducing 2 additional options for this year that include an unharnessed net play attraction as well as an expansive entertainment hub consisting of Sky Trail®, multiple Sky Rails™, Clip ’n Climb® climbing walls, Sky Tykes® and an observation deck at the very top of the larger Sky Trail®.
The unharnessed play attraction is located next to the other components and is connected by way of a stairwell that also allows guests to access the upper observation deck. There are no height or weight requirements that must be met prior to entrance and participants simply either climb up the net elevator present alongside one of the raised towers or use the aforementioned stairwell that is butted up against the Sky Trail®. Once at the top, participants of all ages can climb and make their way through 5 interconnected bridges with friends or family. Individuals are able to let their imaginations run wild with different pathways open for exploration and the option to move freely unharnessed. When participants wish to exit, they can choose to slide down one of the 2 slides available or travel over to the stairwell where they may have previously entered. More information on these new products and all other corresponding details will be released in the near future.
As Frontrunners in the amusement attractions industry, RCI is always working to achieve the highest level of safety and innovation in each of their products. RCI adapts to this by continuing to set the bar with every adventure product that is developed. Whether it is Sky Trail®, Sky Rail™, Sky Tykes®, Clip ‘n Climb® climbing walls or Amaze’n Mazes™, clients can rest assured they are getting a high-level product that follows leading safety standards and upholds key patents.