Summer High Ropes Challenge at Eagle Bluff
June 29, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Experience the thrill of a high ropes course with friends and family!
Maneuver 30 feet in the air through a series of towers connected by various cables, ropes, and log events. This confidence building experience is great for family outings, reunions, scouts, youth groups, and individuals. Please note: You will be grouped with others registering for the same time slot. If you would like to reserve your own private session you may purchase the entire time slot.
Participants will have the chance to go through the course as many times as the timeslot and group size allows!
Please note: Participants are required to wear closed-toed shoes!
Pre-registration and moderate physical ability are required. Ticket sales end 1 day before the event.
For a video about what to expect at Summer High Ropes Challenge, check out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHo-961eRQU
Regarding our COVID-19 procedures:
- We encourage participants to bring a mask, but they are not required. Even though we’ll be outdoors, there are times that staff will be in close proximity to participants for situations like gear and equipment checks, so masks are recommended for use by the MN Department of Health and Center for Disease Control.
- Eagle Bluff staff will be cleaning gear and equipment between programs to mitigate COVID-19 transmission.
- Participants will be required to complete a Medical Release and COVID-19 Release form, found in the confirmation email. We’ll have them on hand for completion day-of, but if a minor is attending without their legal guardian, the forms need to be completed ahead of time.
- Anyone participating in an Eagle Bluff program this summer will be screened before they are able to engage in the activity. This will involve taking temperatures and asking a few questions, such as are they exhibiting any common COVID-19 symptoms and have they recently had contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. If participants do not meet our screening requirements, they will not be allowed to participate in activities that day.
When should I/we arrive?
We ask that everyone arrives 5-10 minutes before the start time.
Can I just show up and pay at the door?
We strongly advise pre-registering online to ensure you get a spot! There is a maximum number of participants of 10 allowed at each session, so if all spots are already filled for the day/time you show up you will not be able to go on the course.
Is there an age limit to enter the event?
Children that will be participating need to be in 4th grade or up (for the 2020-21 school year) due to course safety standards.
Participants under 18, accompanied by someone other than their parent/guardian, must provide a medical form signed by a parent/guardian to participate. Please print and sign this form and present at check-in.
What if there is bad weather?
The course will be open rain or shine. Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions. The event will only be called off if the instructors deem the weather unsafe and in that instance if you have not attempted the course you will be provided a refund.
How long will the course take?
The time for the event can take anywhere from 1-3 hours. Included in the time for the high ropes course event: walking to the course, going through equipment and safety protocols, watching an instructor demonstrate the course and then each individual enters the course. Your exact amount of time is usually determined by when you ascend the course in relation to the other participants.
The course itself takes anywhere from 10-40 minutes for each individual. Once you (and any individuals you came with) are finished with the course, you are free to leave. There will likely be opportunities to go through the course more than once for those who wish to!
What else can I do at Eagle Bluff?
There are lots of trails to hike at Eagle Bluff. Maps are available at the Visitor’s Center to guide you on you exploration of deciduous woods, rolling prairies, coniferous woods, or the Root River. Besides hiking, we have a few very unique overlooks at the bluff. You can also borrow binoculars from the front desk for birding and try our geocaching course. There are picnic tables around campus for public use.
Q&A regarding our summer 2020 COVID-19 procedures:
Q: Will Eagle Bluff be doing any screening of participants?
A: Anyone participating in an Eagle Bluff program this summer will be screened before they are able to engage in the activity. This will involve taking temperatures and asking a few questions, such as are they exhibiting any common COVID-19 symptoms and have they recently had contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.
In addition, we will be asking parents/guardians of day campers to screen their camper’s temperatures for the 14 days prior to camp in an effort to watch for symptoms.
If participants do not meet our screening requirements, they will not be allowed to participate in activities that day.
Q: Are masks required?
A: We want all participants to bring and be prepared to wear a mask for select, close-quarters activities (e.g. checking harnesses for ropes course) or needing to seek unplanned indoor refuge for weather related reasons. Masks are recommended to be worn by the MN Department of Health and the CDC when it’s hard to maintain social distancing (especially indoors). Even though the activities we are hosting will allow for adequate social distancing, manageable by all ages, we’d like our participants to be prepared to wear a mask when asked.
Q: How will equipment and gear be cleaned?
A: Participants will be given their own equipment to use for the duration of each activity and will not be sharing with participants outside of their immediate household. It will be adequately cleaned and sanitized in between use following protocols listed by the MN Department of Health and the American Camp Association.
Q: What is the maximum number of participants doing an activity at a time?
A: As of June 1st, the state of Minnesota has posted that outdoor recreation activities can proceed as long as the groups are 25 or less individuals. This does not include the 1-2 staff that will be leading activities.