Leadership & Challenge Center

Welcome!

SUNY Potsdam’s Leadership and Challenge Center is the latest in challenge course technology for students and community members of all ages.

The Leadership and Challenge Center consists of both low elements for team challenge and high elements for individual accomplishments. Each challenge course program can be custom designed to meet your group goals.

Each day starts with warm-up games and initiatives to get our bodies and mind active. We build slowly as the course goes on each time increasing the challenge level. A full day on the challenge course will include ice breakers, games, initiatives, low element progression, and end with high challenge course progression.

SUNY Potsdam’s Leadership and Challenge Center houses a 36’ indoor climbing wall, a 300 square foot bouldering or traverse cave, and one of the only indoor high ropes courses in New York State. 

Points of distinction

  • One of only 2 indoor ropes courses in New York state

  • The 35’ climbing wall was designed and built by Entreprises, the same company that builds climbing walls for the ESPN X- Games, NIKE, and over 3,500 walls throughout the world.

  • Imprint panel system looks and feels like real granite rock!

  • Over 500 different climbing holds to choose from

  • Climbs of varying difficulty- something for everyone

  • Harness and specialized climbing shoes are available for rental for $5.00. Normally these items would cost $150 to buy!

  • Climbing burns more calories minute-for-minute than any other recreational activity- 748 calories per hour! 

  • Climbing two or more times a week improves your strength, muscular and cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, and mental toughness

  • Groups can reserve the facility for private climbing instruction

  • Ropes course users find participation to be as much a mental challenge as a physical one