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 today's Groupon: for $17, you get a climbing starter package at RockQuest Climbing Center (a $35 value). The starter package includes:
- A one-week climbing membership
- An introductory belay class
- Free equipment rentals
RockQuest's 20,000 square feet of sculpted surfaces challenge climbers of every level to ascend a range of angular slopes and creative cliff routes. Before the climbing commences, instructors impart useful safety tidbits such as how to tie climbing knots, control a belay system, and politely request directions from passing mountain goats. Harnessing their own strength and RockQuest’s complimentary rental equipment, climbers scale towering heights, grasp sturdy top ropes, and conquer inclines of varying difficulty to hone muscles and burn calories throughout a full week of indoor mountaineering.
RockQuest Climbing Center
Embellished with precarious overhangs and crevices, RockQuest Climbing Center’s 20,00-square-foot wall affords challenges to climbers of all skill levels. The expanse features separate areas for bouldering and roped climbing and is open to all climbers who can pass a simple belay test. A staff of experienced climbers, meanwhile, offers belay courses to acquaint newcomers with proper climbing technique and safety considerations.