At the dawn of the world, everyone rock-climb-commuted to work. It was only after the invention of falling, however, that rock climbing became thrilling, sexy, and glamorous. Today's Groupon invites you to live the life of a rock star. For $44, you get a one-month membership and an introductory class (a $112.50 value) at either of The Gravity Vault’s locations in Chatham or Upper Saddle River. Laughing in the face of physics is a common pastime as members climb the gym's more than 13,000 square feet of rocky surfaces. Obstacles abound on journeys to the top, with arêtes, overhangs, arches, slabs, and emotionally disturbed mountain goats. The rocky workouts also feature 35+ ft. wall heights and rappel ledges. An introductory class teaches newcomers the basics of defying the heights, giving students a general overview of the sport, how to put on a climbing harness, tie a figure-eight knot, and more. After a rigorous day of climbing, climbers can change in the on-site lockers and relax in the gym's lounges. While the sport used to be reserved for springy Yodelers, The Gravity Vault membership is open to anyone 14 years or older.
- Look forward to new holds, lots of open space, high walls, crack climbs, a high arch for lead climbing and a very clean foam floor. – Wayne Y., Yelp
- The location is a good fit for climbing, there are walls ranging in difficulty from easy to very hard, the staff is friendly, and they play great music! I would definitely want to go again. – Alex S., Yelp
The Gravity Vault
Helmed by a team of passionate climbing coaches, both of The Gravity Vault's locations surround climbers with more than 13,000 square feet of climbing space. Walls tower past 35 feet, mimicking such natural rock formations as overhangs, keyhole arches, and slabs, and bouldering areas challenge climbers with a latticework of problems that—unlike most of life's—can't simply be solved with dynamite and a pair of roller skates. Visitors can choose from up to 60 top-rope stations, trusting either the trained staff or a certified fellow climber to man the ropes while they scramble to the summit. When not dangling from a hold or saving lost kittens from a rappel ledge, members can bulk up in the cardiovascular-training area.