Vertical Playpen

Vertical Playpen

Latest Episodes

Honoring Empowerment: Participant Choice and Control
June 18, 2024

In this episode, Phil discusses the concept of power in the context of challenge courses and ropes courses. He identifies six areas where facilitators may unintentionally take power away from particip

The History of Outdoor Education | Hutch Hutchinson
June 11, 2024

Hutch Hutchinson, a senior lecturer at the Questrom School of Business, shares his journey in experiential education and the historical context of outdoor education. He discusses the impact of industr

Establishing Legitimacy in the Outdoor Industry | Andrew Jillings
June 04, 2024

In this conversation, Phil Brown and Andrew Jillings discuss their shared passion for adventure and experiential education. They delve into their personal experiences, the evolution of risk management

Thoughts on Facilitation Props
May 28, 2024

This conversation explores the pitfalls of over-reliance on props and tools in facilitation, emphasizing the importance of prioritizing conversation and relationship-building. It delves into the need

Connection before Content | Chad Littlefield
May 21, 2024

In this episode, Phil Brown interviews Chad Littlefield, the Chief Experience Officer of We and Me Inc. They start with a fun segment of random questions before diving into Chad's journey in experient

The Global Organization of Tree Climbers | Harv Teitelbaum
May 14, 2024

Harv discusses his journey into tree climbing and the emotional and physical benefits it provides. He explains the accessibility of tree climbing and the equipment used. The conversation also touches

Visual Art and Adventure | Adam Ames
May 07, 2024

Adam Ames, a visual artist, shares his experience attending a workshop at High 5 and how it transformed his approach to art and teaching. He discusses the initial skepticism he had, the moments of ref

The Importance of SEL for Educators | Tre Gammage
April 30, 2024

Tre Gamage shares his journey into social-emotional learning (SEL) and the importance of SEL in education. He discusses the need for SEL programs for both students and adults, bridging the gap between

High 5 Executive Director and Founding Director | Jen Ottinger and Jim Grout
April 23, 2024

In this conversation, Phil Brown interviews Jim Grout and Jen Ottinger about their roles at High 5 Adventure Learning Center and the past, present, and future of the organization. Jen shares how she w

Poles, Zip Line Brakes and Facilitation Techniques | High 5 Trivia
April 16, 2024

High 5 Trivia is a quiz show about the challenge course industry. The host, Jamie Thibodeau, asks questions from different categories such as gear, facilitation, construction, history, and general kno