Obstacle courses

GPS Scaffolding designs, assembles and disassembles challenging obstacles for all kinds of obstacle courses in Europe and the US. We have three important starting points:

1. Our obstacles are customized to suit the races of the organization.

  1. Our obstacles meet all safety standards.
  2. Our obstacles have a WOW-factor for participants and your audience.

Interview with Patrick Visser

Patrick is the co-owner of GPS Scaffolding. He has designed and developed some amazing obstacles, such as the Fjord Drop and Flying Ragnar. He is also an obstacle race fanatic. In 2016 he became the European Champion for racers aged 30-34 years. Patrick says: “Three years ago I learned more about obstacle races. I have always enjoyed sports, such as soccer and running. But after seeing Mud Masters on Discovery, I wanted to do this myself. It’s such an adrenaline rush when you finish a race!”


Patrick was a champion right away. “With our team, we travel the world for obstacle races. We have travelled to Italy, Spain and Slovakia for a 14-hour race, and we competed in the World Championship in Canada.” His enthusiasm for obstacle races and scaffolding is contagious. In his backyard you’ll find his own unique obstacle course with monkey bars and other challenges. His whole family uses this home-built training device. But when you ask him how he trains for races, he laughs, “My job is my training. As a scaffolder, we sometimes walk between 10 to 15 miles a day, often carrying weight.”

Building obstacles

Patrick and his colleagues build many obstacles for races such as the Strong Viking Obstacle Run, Zombierush and many other races all over the world. These are always built after close consultation with the organization. And because Patrick does so many races worldwide, he always returns home with new inspiration. “I keep seeing new things that I would love to build myself! But the safety requirements in The Netherlands are usually tougher than abroad. That’s why we consult the obstacle race organization closely, so we can build and improve obstacles until they are perfectly safe.”