Reporting Edgar Linares
BELLE PLAINE, Minn. (WCCO) – Outdoor enthusiasts have a new way to enjoy the Minnesota River Valley: just strap into a harness and hit the new zip line.
Lee Kerfoot is owner of Kerfoot Canopy Tours.
“My folks own the Gunflint Lodge (near the Boundary Waters) and we encouraged them to do this for several years,” Kerfoot said.
Kerfoot takes adventure seekers high above the trees and over a steep ravine that suspends them 175 feet in the air.
Tour takers zip from one platform to the next, strapped into a full-body harness. Kerfoot says for an extra $30, he’ll also strap a Go Pro camera to your helmet so your friends can get a bird’s eye view.
“From gear up to gear off, it’s about a two and a half hour experience,” he said.
The cost for the tour is $89 per person and you must weigh between 70 and 250 pounds.
“We’ve got over 4,000 feet of cable, so about three-fourths of a mile that you’re going to go over,” he said.
If you simply want to watch, you can walk up several sets of spiral staircases to the top of a platform that sits high above the tree line. There’s also a wooden suspension bridge where you can snap some photos.
There are now a total of four zip line tours in Minnesota.