Frozen Gooseberry Falls create unique climbing experienceTwin Harbors, MN (CNN) - Freezing cold temperatures in Minnesota have turned a waterfall into a natural climbing wall. Some people have found the conditions are perfect for outdoor team-building exercises.
By: Kay White, CNN, CNN
Twin Harbors, MN (CNN) - Freezing cold temperatures in Minnesota have turned a waterfall into a natural climbing wall. Some people have found the conditions are perfect for outdoor team-building exercises.
Clip on those crampons and let the natural wonders of a northland winter take you on an adventure.
Noelle Rzeszutek - Punch Pizza Manager: "It's beautiful out here. You definitely won't find anything like this down in the cities."
Flowing in the summer, the waters of Gooseberry Falls turn to ice when winter arrives, creating perfect conditions for a unique climbing experience.
Christy Newell – POS Energy Outdoors: "There's kind of an element of hard-coreness to it, especially with having to be bundled up and really making the most of your time outside."
For one group of restaurant managers from the Twin Cities, it is more than just a climb up an ice wall.
John Puckett – Co-Owner: "It's really nice to see them all try to connect with each other and rely on each other, like if there wasn't the belayer, obviously, people would be falling so it's nice to rely on your co-workers."
Kyle Meyer – Punch Pizza Owner: "It is a lot harder than you think it is, very physical and it's a great challenge because your co-workers are supporting you on the rope, so there's great teamwork involved and it feels really good when you get to the top. You can see when we're climbing everybody is cheering each other on."
It looks easy when the professionals do it, but this type of climbing is much more difficult than it seems.
Noelle Rzeszutek: "Just trying to get a good hold on everything. I was trying to get a good feel for it, and it's definitely harder than it looks to get a good kick in there and a good swing in there. So, I was chipping some good ice, but it's hard to grab the hold."
Christy Newell: "While you're doing it, there's definitely a challenge to it that you can feel, and it's a physical challenge as well as a mental challenge."
Each of these climbers looks forward to something different. It's a fun and physical workout requiring a lot of teamwork, and staying safe is always a major factor. Although this group knows the climbing here is not easy, they all have one common goal - making it to the top.