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Up North: Adventure seekers climb to greater heights at new Cloquet ropes course

Alicia Tipcke
Updated: June 30, 2021 10:49 PM
Created: June 28, 2021 10:35 PM

Every now and then it's good to take a new perspective on life. Sometimes all it takes is climbing up a few feet off the ground.

"It's really it's fun to see people get up on the course and challenge themselves," said Brian Pfeifer.

Pfeifer is one of the co-owners of the new 'High Ropes Minnesota' course in Cloquet. Ever since their sister company Swiftwater Adventures was founded in 2014, he had been searching for a way to tie in a ropes course.

"Pretty much from day one we wanted to expand and have more opportunities for people to get outside and challenge themselves," Pfeifer explained.

"I think it has something for people that are less comfortable and people that are a little more comfortable with risk and heights," Duluthian Meghan Sperl said while visiting the course over the weekend.

It's a two level, five pole, 12 element endeavor. Equipped with a helmet, harness, and Smart Snap clip, climbers can safely reach heights of up to around 30 feet.

"It was kind of scary at first, but then once you've done it once or twice it's really fun," said Meghan's daughter Willa Sperl.

Once on the course each obstacle feels different, so instructors recommend changing the length of your harness to fit the element. 

Pfeifer said, "I tell people to shorten it up and just sit down and at first. Once you know you're not going to fall, people are much more comfortable to get up there and stretch."

The course is open to participants 8 and older.

Sperl said her family is already hooked. "I brought my eight and nine year old today and it was really fun. It was pretty affordable and close by, and definitely a fun day out."

There's even a zip line to cap it all off

The cost is $35 dollars per-person for a hour and a half session. Time slots begin every 30 minutes and are available seven days a week.


Alicia Tipcke

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