Mankind's underdeveloped climbing skills and inability to digest tin cans are two ways in which evolution left humans inferior to goats. It's mind over Matterhorn with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $15 for an Rock Gym 101 intro-to-rock-climbing class with rental equipment and two-week membership (a $30 value)
- $15 for two rock-climbing day passes (a $30 value)
- $20 for a family rock-climbing package with full-day visits and harnesses for up to four (a $45 value)
Over the course of the two-hour introductory class, instructors train students in the basic safety, technique, and equipment use of top-rope climbing, teaching skills such as belay and tying knots. After class, students receive a two-week membership to the gym.
The family package grants up to four customers from the same household a full day of access to the gym's features, such as 30-foot climbing walls, a bouldering cave, 120-foot outdoor rappel routes, and four silos. All participants must sign a waiver prior to climbing.
Upper Limits Rock Gym
Chris and Pam Schmick had spent six months cleaning out the scrap metal from their abandoned silos and just finished drilling thousands of holes in its walls. With little time to spare, they prepared for their climbing gym's grand opening on September 2, 1995—a date on which they had already agreed to hold a regional JCCA competition. The effort they've expended in the nearly 20 intervening years shows: today, climbers scramble on top ropes, lead ropes, and more than 20,000 square feet of lava-free climbing surface.
Instructors prepare visitors to surmount the gym's features in a range of classes, such as Rock Gym 101, which is an introduction to top-rope climbing that covers climbing safety, basic technique, and equipment. Once climbers are equipped with gear from the pro-shop, staff shows them around a multi-level bouldering cave, a main climbing area with 30-foot walls shaped by arêtes, cracks, and waves, and the building's five original silos. Elsewhere inside the gym, six auto-belays safely cradle visitors who wish to climb without taking a class.