Finally, the Tower provides
an intense partnering experience which dramatically highlights objectives of
teamwork, cooperation, trust, communication, adventure, and probably most
important of all - compassion. It is sometimes difficult to design educational
activities that foster the values of compassion and respect. The pairings
concept on the Alpine Tower is an extension of the popular successful event of
rock climbing. Not only does it include the climber/belayer relationship, but
the added variable of partners, physically connected and naturally needing to
work together to ascend the Tower with all its obstacles. The true potential of
the Alpine Tower experience is reached when partners from differing cultural
backgrounds develop compassion, care, respect, and understanding of each other
due to the fact that their safety depends on working together toward a common
The actual Tower structure analysis
was performed by Utility Technology Engineers-Consultants. Their in-depth
report covers wood preservative treatment, lightning protection system,
structural analysis, wind loads, guy cables, bolt connections, and weight loads.
The findings indicate that the Alpine Tower design is incredibly strong and
capable of withstanding extremely high wind loads (100 mph), as well as
tremendous weight (twelve 400 lb. people climbing on the Tower). Since
introducing the Alpine Tower concept over ten years ago, there are now a large
number of organizations around the country conducting experiences on the Tower.
From their reports and our inspections, the safety management and design of the
Tower is working very well.