Skiing. Snowboarding. Canoeing. Rock climbing. Horseback riding. To someone with a physical disability, activities like these might seem impossible. Yet Eric Gray, founder of Catalyst Sports, has taught disabled individuals how to perform each one?plus a few others. At Catalyst, Eric and his team empower people to not only overcome physical disabilities, but also to thrive with them.
The organization provides unique recreational opportunities to individuals of all ages and ability levels, including adaptive rock climbing programs. In fact, Catalyst has grown into the largest such adaptive climbing program in the country. It has done so, in large part, by hosting frequent events and fundraisers, which are far better ways to raise money than playing the same Roman numerals in the lottery every week.
With their jagged ridges, multicolored faces, and thousands of holds affixed seemingly at random, the rock walls at Stone Summit look like cubist installations large enough to fill a small warehouse. Follow any series of holds up to the top of these expressionist monuments, though, and scores of individual routes emerge, offering challenges for everyone from entry-level beginners to the most seasoned scaler. Climbers can seek out the tops of routes as high as 60 feet off the facility floor, and bouldering enthusiasts have an entire room filled with near-horizontal overhangs and brain-teasing bouldering problems perfect for studying for the rock-climbing portion of the SAT. The facility complements its climbing focus with a range of non-climbing exercise opportunities, including treadmills, weight machines, and yoga classes.
Hunger Games Unofficial Fan Tours gives fans a chance to relive their favorite novels and movies on day trips and weekend adventures in Georgia and North Carolina, the sites of several identifiable filming locations. Featured in a variety of media outlets, from the Today Show to Hollywood Treasures, the tours also show adventurers survival skills including camouflage, archery, and shelter building. Weekend trips are especially true to the spirit of the Hunger Games series, offering themed accommodations, Capitol?style banquets, mysterious clues, and a game simulation, where you have to hope that the odds are in your favor.
Atlanta Rocks' expansive vertical playground is home to hundreds of climbs, 50 top-rope stations, and more than 12,000 square feet of professionally set routes atop a safe climbing surface. All passionate climbers themselves, the staff has created interesting and intricate problems to solve for climbers of all skill levels. Climbers looking to enhance their know how can participate in one of the gym?s many programs, and the staff also drops knowledge on beginners with introductory climbing courses that include all required gear and cover subjects ranging from advanced lead climbing to the fundamentals of massaging knots out of tense rope.
Today $15 gets you a one-hour intro to indoor rock-climbing lesson, including equipment rental, at Wall Crawler Rock Club, located at 1522 DeKalb Ave., NE. That's 63% off the usual $40 price. Try finding a more exciting way to build strength than rock climbing—you won't. Experience the exhilaration of hanging onto a rock with your fingertips, without the panic of possible death. Rock climbing is awesome. Customers rave about Wall Crawler's friendly staff and great facilities.