This one-of-a-kind indoor adventure ropes course. Our 16,550 square foot facility includes an indoor ropes course with integrated Via Ferrata climbing, Summit Cafe, Lhotse Lounge, party rooms, a team building center, and meeting space. Fun for ages 8 and up, we offer climbing adventures for all skill levels and abilities. Our course provides challenging activities that engage participants’ mind and body. Guests wear a full-body climbing harness and utilize a smart belay system to ensure safety at all times on the course.
The essence of a modern via ferrata is a steel cable which runs along the route and is periodically (every 1 to 10 metres (3.3 to 32.8 ft)) fixed to the rock. Using a via ferrata kit, climbers can secure themselves to the cable, limiting any fall. The cable can also be used as aid to climbing, and additional climbing aids, such as iron rungs (stemples), pegs, carved steps and even ladders and bridges are often provided. Thus via ferratas allow otherwise dangerous routes to be undertaken without the risks associated with unprotected scrambling and climbing or the need for climbing equipment such as ropes. They offer the relatively inexperienced a means of enjoying dramatic positions and accessing difficult peaks, normally the preserve of the serious mountaineer; although, as there is a need for some equipment, a good head for heights and basic technique, the via ferrata can be seen as a distinct step up from ordinary mountain walking. Conversely, the modest equipment requirements, ability to do them solo, and potential to cover a lot of ground, mean that via ferratas can also appeal to more experienced climbers.
Amy Stuart and Dan Kasabian are passionate about life. They believe individuals and families need opportunities to disconnect from the everyday grind and reconnect to self and each other. As tenured business professionals, Dan and Amy remain avid outdoor adventure enthusiasts and enjoy sharing this passion with family and friends. Their adventures in the outdoors, including successful summits of some of the tallest mountains in the U.S., fuel mind and body for these two successful IT Sales Professionals. They have brought their passion to the residents of Loudoun County through an entrepreneurial quest called Summit Ropes. Summit Ropes represents their combined 50+ years of experience and a life passion for the outdoors. This is Dan and Amy’s way of sharing this passion; bringing the outdoors inside through an exciting ropes course adventure.
Incorporate vertical challenges and adventure-based activities to connect an individual’s mind and body, eliciting awareness within oneself to positively impact self-esteem, family interactions and the community.
In today’s technological world, we can meet anyone, anywhere at any time. Every minute is consumed with text and social media. As interactions expand, superficial interface has become standard and deeper connection diminished. Self-awareness and focus are increasingly difficult, and the natural play required to cultivate these skills is missing from our daily lives.
At Summit Ropes, we believe people need opportunities to connect with self and with each other. Utilizing adventure-based vertical activity, we provide an environment that promotes self-awareness, social health, and mental acuity.
The parents of four boys, we value opportunities to disconnect from the everyday grind in pursuit of family fun and taking time out for self-reflection and to connect with one another is important to both of us. Together, we have summited some of the highest mountains across the country, ventured on many of the most dangerous hikes and trekked across the world. With our boys, we love to camp, hike, bike and participate in all types of adventure.
As a family, we have visited challenge courses across the country, spanning from Hawaii to New York, and throughout this activity, we’ve seen our boys grow both physically and mentally. Their physical skills improve with each activity and their mental agility grows as they tackle harder challenges while helping each other through seemingly impossible obstacles. These activities improve each of us as human beings and bring us together as a family, all the while, we are becoming acutely aware of ourselves and our capacity for learning and helping others.
We are driven by the desire to provide these opportunities to our community, bringing families together by providing a place like no other in the United States; a place to explore, be challenged, use creativity, socialize and connect with each other. Summit Ropes brings the outdoors inside for year-round fun, and we are excited to welcome you into our facility to share in our passion for life and to experience an adventure that promotes self, family and community.
After graduating from James Madison University with a BS in Physics, Dan started his professional career as a commissioned officer in the US Army. After completing Ranger School he was an infantry platoon leader at Fort Carson, Colorado. He transitioned to staff as a signal officer with 2/3 ACR where he deployed to Iraq and supported combat operations in Fallujah and Ramadi.
After transitioning to the civilian sector Dan spent several years applying Six Sigma and Lean principles in support of pharmaceutical operations at American Pharmaceutical Partners and Eli Lilly. Dan transitioned to software sales in the Washington, DC area and has been an extremely successful sales person for Tower Software, Hewlett Packard, BMC Software, and ForeScout Technologies for over a decade. Dan’s passion throughout his life is challenge and the outdoors. When he isn’t busy conducting business and being a father, Dan climbs mountains.
To learn more visit Dan’s Facebook page.
As a Type 1 Diabetic and Cancer survivor, Amy lives life to the fullest! Whether she is mountaineering 14ers, managing her successful software sales career or exposing her four boys to the outdoors, Amy is constantly looking for fulfillment through experiencing life’s adventures.
For the past two decades, Amy has fulfilled various management and executive roles in technology services and consulting. The past 8 years of her career have been dedicated to software sales.
After being diagnosed with late onset Type 1 Diabetes and a few months later with Thyroid Cancer, Amy took up climbing and mountaineering. Vertical activities became her outlet for managing life’s challenges. She has completed many of the most dangerous hikes in the US (and summited a few of the tallest mountains).
Amy grew up in the Midwest but has lived and worked in major cities throughout the country and moved to Loudoun County in 2004. She has a BS in Computer Information Systems and Electronics Engineering Technology. She has trained at the Franklin Covey Institute and has a number of technical, business and outdoor professional certifications.
To learn more visit Amy’s Facebook page.
We will be raffling 2 Free Passes to Summit Ropes every month.