The road less traveled is often the more fulfilling one, especially when it bypasses Robert Frost's tiger pits. Diverge from a rote route with this Groupon.
Instructors teach pupils the basics of cliff climbing and belaying. After the class, students can perform a belay safety check and then practice their newfangled knowledge with one week of unlimited climbing, honing the skills needed to pass the top-rope safety test. This introductory course includes all climbing gear, such as harnesses and shoes. Beginners must take a belay class before climbing.
Passes grant full access to the climbing gym and top-rope course, including the bouldering area. Students may bring their own climbing equipment or rent for $5 per day.
Children as young as 6 years old to the most mature of adults gather in the gym for climbing and can take breaks in a separate party room. Instructors normally start children on easier routes, but they let all guests explore the terrain and harvest any bonsai trees they find along the way.
Blaine Eastcott's love of the outdoors is rooted in fond childhood memories of family camping trips. On one such trip, Blaine's teenage self impulsively climbed a 100-foot rock only to soon find himself struck by panic high up on the rock face. He was paralyzed by fear, until a surge of adrenaline gave him the courage needed to scramble the final 10 feet up. This ordeal spurred him to take rock-climbing classesand eventually led to his current position as the president of Rockreation. The gym's adrenaline-inducing arena challenges climbers of all skill levels with more than 12,000 square feet of climbing terrain, composed of jagged cliffs, bouldering nooks, and craggy archways. The faux-mountain range mimics the conditions of real rocks with indentions, overhangs, and eagle's nests.
The gym devotes one-third of its space to a bouldering area, which blends into a top-rope course fraught with varying angles and a large lead area with an overhanging arch. Across these angles, passionate instructors with extensive outdoors experienceand a background in conversational mountain goatguide students through the Fight Gravity program. The three-class series focuses on technique instruction, and progresses through belaying basics into lead rope and bouldering. They also lead seasonal kids' camps where tiny humans can explore the routes, or plunge on a big swing and zipline. The gym also has a separate area with machines, traditional weights, and cardio equipment for members who want to not only climb rocks, but also lift heavy ones above their heads.
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