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Helping Aerial Adventure Courses Become Self-Sufficient 

Aerial Adventure Park Consulting & Training


Ascent Collaborative Services (ACS) will work with you to create strategies and solutions for your course. We help you focus your strengths and identify improvement areas so that you and your team can learn and grow into managing your own custom solution.


ACS will build your team’s confidence through hands-on training and guidance. We consider ourselves an extension of your team, to compliment your strengths and help you grow into self-sufficiency.


ACS will help you grow to the level of independence you desire. Our process builds the skills and systems you need to sustain your course or continue to grow. ACS will be here for any ongoing needs, connection to professionals (Arborists and Engineers, for example), or to support your staff as they learn new skillsets.

Our Mission

The mission of Ascent Collaborative Services is to assist Aerial Adventure Course owners/operators to meet their goals of independence through staff development and consultation.

About JT 

John (JT) Turman started building high rises in the late 1990’s to pay for college. He ended up spending more than 15 years working in industrial construction. When business in the Puget Sound made him restless, he headed to the wilds of Utah and Colorado to work with adjudicated and at-risk youth as a wilderness therapy guide. The growth through empowerment didn’t only affect the program participants, JT found change and growth through service to others. After a few more years of at-height work as a tree worker  JT discovered the Aerial Adventure and Challenge Course industry, which includes being a consultant for mountaintop obstacle courses, treetop rope facilities, and zip line operators. Planning only to work for a season or two building ziplines, he found the work challenging and fulfilling. What began as a fun seasonal job, evolved into a passion for helping course operators maintain and improve their businesses.

Since 2010 JT has designed, built, maintained and inspected over 100 courses throughout North America. As time progressed, he focused more time on developing an inspection and maintenance program to assist Aerial Adventure Operators maintain successful programs. He is currently growing his client base through Ascent Collaborative Services and volunteers with the Inspector Certification Panel for the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT). The mission of Ascent Collaborative Services is to train and assist Aerial Adventure Course  Operators grow their technical skills and knowledge in order to better plan and gain more control over their business’s ongoing maintenance and future growth. When not working, JT loves to get out on the river and spend time in the kitchen, sharing meals with friends.

About Micah

Micah Henderson graduated from Baylor University in 2001 and has a close to 25 years of experience within the challenge course, aerial adventure and zipline industry. She has experience in design, engineering, permitting, installation, training, certification, inspection and auditing for standards compliance. She also currently co-owns several aerial adventure course operations that are open to the public. Micah is an expert in project management, technical writing and client development. Micah is also an active volunteer leader for the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT). In her free time, she enjoys exploring the local Flagstaff trails with her dog Lily and frequenting the local hotspots with friends and business colleagues.


I needed an emergency inspection, and Ascent Collaborative Services went out of their way to accommodate me on short notice and provided everything we needed to get up and running. They provide professionalism and dedication that cannot be matched. JT worked with us to understand our needs and how he could exceed our expectations.

– Seth Teeple | Colorado Adventure Center General Manager

Connecting ASC & VSC

Ascent Collaborative Services (ACS) focuses on helping clients in the Aerial Adventure Course industry. We developed with help from our great friends at Vertical Solutions Consulting (VSC). VSC offers business consulting services such as bookkeeping, financial management, human resources (HR) services, budget planning and project management. We would love to help your business grow and be successful.