Minnesota Parks Now Offering Rock Climbing
The "I Can!" program in Minnesota state parks is helping people in the state take the first step in rock climbing, according to KELO-TV, Sioux Falls, S.D.
"We get them outfitted with harnesses, shoes and talk about what they are going to be doing on the wall," said Katie Heimer, a field instructor at Blue Mountain State Park near Luverne, Minn.
"We've had anyone from really tiny little kids that we're making sure have their helmets on; our next step, we have people in their 50s," said Heimer.
Eleanor Dorn is just one of many participants eager to get their hands on the rocks after her grandmother suggested she try out the class.
"She said I'd be really interested in it because I like climbing and so she signed me up for it," said Dorn.
And Dorn isn't the only one who's excited. The class had more then 40 participants over the weekend. And for Heimer, the appeal is obvious.
"It's such a great way to work out and a great way to get outdoors and it's a really great activity for people to do," said Heimer.
The program also holds classes at different Minnesota state parks for fishing, camping and paddling.