Our Story

We call it the High Country, an area deep in the heart of the Southern Appalachians near Boone, North Carolina. For generations, this small mountain community has served as a gateway to adventure and with more than 2 million acres of federally protected lands, Western North Carolina has left its mark on the recreation, adventure sports, camping and outdoor education industry. Building on that history, Ken Jacquot and Steve Owen founded Blue Ridge Learning Centers (BRLC) in 1992 to leverage unique learning environments for developing conscious action in individuals and organizations. 

Challenge Towers was established in 1996 as a division of BRLC, born form a passion to create unique outdoor experiences through innovative ropes course design and value driven construction. Today, Challenge Towers is a leading company in a Wild West industry, leveraging 20-years of industry experience with state-of-the-art technology to craft innovative aerial attractions around the world. 

Our perspective on design and construction can be traced to those early days of BRLC and our commitment to adventure programming and facilitation. Challenge Towers staff share decades of outdoor education and facilitation experience that informs each and every course we install. We know first hand the powerful impact that challenge and adventure can have on people and this drives our passion to create and innovate.

Challenge Towers was among the first Professional Vendor Members (PVM) of the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT); the leading association and ANSI Standards Developer for the aerial adventure industry. Today, ACCT boasts 2,600 members worldwide and more than 40 PVMs and the ACCT Standards have become the international benchmark for the construction and operation of aerial attractions. Our unwavering commitment to the responsible growth of the industry is embodied in CT President Ken Jacquot who has served on the ACCT Board of Directors, the Accessible and Universal Design Committee, and created and chaired the Government Relations Committee. Ken and the challenge towers team continue to be involved with ACCT in contributing to responsible growth in our ever-expanding adventure course universe.