Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Max's New Adventures.

Max went on a scout camp out up in Flagstaff with his scout troop and father.  They both came home tired, but happy. Max completed the Flagstaff Extreme obstacle course. 
He had to go through four large circuits within their Adult courses, each containing a mixture of approximately 10-17 different obstacles. The obstacles range from rope swings, scrambling walls, hanging nets, wobbly bridges and suspended “surprises”.

The skill level and height of each circuit is marked using a color coded system indicating the challenge based on elevation and difficulty. Check-in, safety briefing, demonstration course and all four Adult Course can be completed in approximately three hours.
GREEN = Minimum Elevation/Minimum Skill BLUE = Medium Elevation/Medium Skill RED = Advanced Elevation/Advanced Skill

BLACK = Advanced Elevation/Advanced Skill

On The Adult Course which Max did all of the courses.
They have a brief 30 minute training session, you begin on the GREEN course where you get comfortable with the equipment and the rhythm of moving through each element. After defeating the green course you will move on to the BLUE course. Suddenly childhood memories of swinging on ropes and climbing trees comes back to you. Your agility and sense of freedom return and away you go!Up further into the trees you head on the RED course. Climbing higher into the trees, try not to let your emotions get the best of you. Balance comes into play when crossing wobbly bridges and swinging surprises. You're feeling confident now, you have defeated the first three courses and can't help laughing out loud as you zip through the forest or watch your friend try to walk gracefully across a moving obstacle.Yes, you have made it through the entire course, No, wait, you are not done yet! Now it’s time for the ultimate in focus and fitness: the BLACK course. Before you set off, your senses take in the natural beauty and harmony of your surroundings. You climb up even further into the tree canopy discovering that your movements are even more fluid than before.As your journey ends at Flagstaff Extreme you leave with a smile, a sense of achievement and memories that live on.
The courses are meant to be used progressively and the cost of admission covers one loop or rotation through all four Adult courses. At any exit point along the courses, you can descend. Walking paths will take you back to the guest services and welcome center.
This information was on the web page. It will give you an idea of what Max did. He completed the whole course along with two other boys in the scout troop the other ten boys couldn't finish even the past the first two courses and ended up dropping out.
 Max was over 30 feet in the air.


Max right after he got home. 

Here is the black band he got from completing the courses. 


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Karate and Special Olympics

Max keeps busy with
Karate, Swimming, Orchestra,
Scouts, and spending time with his family.

 Max enjoying practice
 Max making one last lap after two hours of swimming.
 Max showing a Karate move
Max got his Orange Belt