Local river rafting business ups ante with ropes course


June 18, 2021

Madison Hunter

Facilitator Meleah Schoenbauer shows climbers Jen Mangan and Mason Haley, below, how to safely maneuver the new High Roipes Minnesota course in Scanlon. Later, Haley carefully crosses the ladder bridge, above, as Schoenbauer and Mangan encourage her.

There aren't too many requirements for the new high ropes course that opened Saturday in Scanlon: you simply have to be 8 years old or older, at least 35 pounds and not over 275 pounds.

No experience is necessary.

"It's like a pace-yourself kind of course, no need to race through it," said Cliff Langley, owner and operator of High Ropes Minnesota, a sister company of Swiftwater Adventures, which offers whitewater rafting on the St. Louis River. High Ropes is a five-pole course that features 12 climbing elements on two levels. They have fun names for different challenges, including the pipe tra...

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