Real Adventure: Take the Office up a Virtual Mountain

TeamMountain climbing is a dangerous and often life-threatening adventure; an endeavour that requires months of training, years of experience, and a lifetime of camaraderie with your team. With all that in mind, doesn’t mountain climbing sound like the perfect office team building exercise?

Okay, so climbing an actual mountain for office team building might turn more into an Alpine version of the Hunger Games than something that brings colleagues closer. But, there may be a way to have the experience without the risks to life and limb.

Climb a Virtual Mountain

Virtual team building adventures are an in-office experience that uses high-definition video shots from an actual climb, and a series of virtual challenges to simulate going up six thousand feet above sea level with Dan from accounting.

The team works much like one going on a real mountain climbing expedition: they choose a leader, and also need to stick to a budget and timeframe. Then, the team gathers weather and route information to schedule the best days to climb, and then ultimately undertake the climb where exercise organizers have challenges set at the ready. Think of the experience like a big game of Dungeons and Dragons, only you’re playing with real people.

Serious Business

The philosophy of any team building exercise is to bring co-workers together by forcing them to endure and work through adverse situations. The Harry Potter books said it best, “There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them,” but since there aren’t any trolls anywhere, people make do with virtual mountains.

All of the things mentioned so far might make the whole team building idea seem like a joke, but this is serious business; virtual lives are on the line. One of the challenges a team building exercise is supposed to do is improve decision making for people in leadership roles, as well as communication and trust between teammates. Just imagine if you were chosen to be the leader, and you were given a choice to save yourself or one of your team from the bitter cold. You’d have to suffer the ‘you let me die, so you owe me’ line for the rest of your professional life.

It’s honestly a wonderful experience that does more than the annual company trip. The entire experience is engaging, and (depending on what happens in the exercise) your office relationships will improve.