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A ropes course suspended three stories above the ground isn't everyone's idea of a good time. But now imagine doing it blindfolded. That's what a group of people did at the Canyon Climb Adventure at Destiny USA. As our Katie Gibas reports, it was all about challenging yourself, while raising awareness about blindness.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- This is the view from the several story high Canyon Climb Adventure. This is the view for 26-year old Erin Scala.

"Light and dark is pretty much it now," said Scala, a Baldwinsville resident.

Scala was born with Retinitis Pigmentosa. It's an eye disease that causes damage to the retina.

"As a kid, I just wanted to be like everyone else and ride my bike and things like, but my vision kept getting worse. I finally got to a point where I said to myself, 'It is what it is. You need to deal with it. You can't change it, so you might as well have fun with it, live life," said Scala.

And that's exactly what she did this week on the ropes course.

"I think I was better off being blind going through it because you can't see down," said Scala. "It was exciting, but I didn't know what to expect. So one of the staff members would say, 'Okay, this one's a platform and it zigs in the middle.' It made sense in my head, but I was telling myself, 'Okay it's going to zig. Which way does it zig? How far does it zig? When does it zig?' So I was trying to figure it out on my own with each step."

But there was one caveat, she had a group of her friends, and even some employees, blindfold themselves while doing the course.

"The blindfold made it significantly easier. It was much more difficult to navigate trying to find out where I had to put my foot and hands. But I didn't have to deal with the fact that I was 60, 70, 80 feet off the ground," said Corey Finch, a Liverpool resident.

"I think it was more rewarding for me that my friends would take the challenge and go blindfolded to see what it is like to be blind," said Scala.

The goal of the ropes course adventure was to raise awareness that blind people can do the same things as sighted people.

"With blindness or any other difficultly, it's important to know that those things don't make anyone any less of a person. In some cases and I assume all cases, it can make someone much more of a person," said Finch.

Scala says she's not sure what adventure's next, but she's always up for a challenge. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP