John McDonough has spent his life rising to meet outdoor challenges. Years ago he began traveling the globe as a skier and rock climber, finding adventure and challenges on faraway mountains and snowy cliffs. After more than two decades on skis and 15 years scaling rocks, the AMGA Certified Single-Pitch Instructor??who once accompanied an inspiring group of blind climbers on a trip??now operates First Ascent Mountain School. The gig comes with the daily pleasure of watching beginners submit to the powerful sense of awe and accomplishment that comes with mountaineering. As First Ascent's founding director, John has assembled a small band of professional mountain guides who shared his zeal for nature and teaching. The crew touts a penchant for making the sometimes-intimidating activities of rock-terrain climbing and snowshoeing accessible to anyone who is interested.
Voted Best Climbing Wall by the Gazette in 2010, CityROCK's walls and staff are tall in both experience and, depending on the instructor, height. Rock wranglers can ascend a variety of towering structures laden with cracks, overhangs, boulders, hungry baby eagles, and more. Because traditional rope climbing is a two-person team endeavor, all first-timers and returning rock-jocks must undergo a course in belaying basics. The quick class enables climbers to master the techniques while building confidence in themselves and their partners.
For more than two decades, Sports Climbing Center has provided a spacious and well-appointed destination for new climbers and seasoned ascenders alike. After outfitting visitors with shoes, harnesses, and Spider-Man costumes, staffers lead lessons and spot climbers as they navigate the footholds and handholds of facility's brightly colored walls or the newly added bouldering wall. The center also hosts a variety of competitions and leads outdoor excursions for students to put their learned skills to work on rock faces and unsuspecting statues.
When the design team Vertical Solutions entered the former church that now houses Pure Bouldering Gym, they made sure every guests' eyes would shoot upward. They created a climbing wall that leads climbers up a flowing artificial rock face that seamlessly integrates a 38-foot long bouldering cave and strength-testing overhangs, all lined with a layer of 12-inch ballistic floor padding to protect against injury. The main wall and a competition wall next door—complete with faces tilted between 2 and 65 degrees—keeps climbers entertained for days at a time, as they challenge themselves to new routes and remain on the lookout for freeloading mountain goats. Meanwhile, a staff of experienced coaches trains budding boulderers to master the climbing art, starting off with the fundamentals in The Basics class and continuing through more advanced topics in private lessons.
The Mind Seizure Haunted House bills itself as one of Colorado Springs' oldest and spookiest seasonal spectacles, providing annual opportunities for local folk to cultivate their courage and sharpen their shrieks. Visitors to the haunted mansion are invited to test their bravery against an intense presentation of props, sets, costumes, and eerie lighting effects, all set to a symphony of unsettling sounds that are whispered intimately into each person's ear by mutant spiders. If your nightmares have gotten stale, a trip to Mind Seizure will surely freshen up your fears and give your dream catcher a run for its money.
Between bowling, bumper cars, climbing walls, and video games, iT'Z Family Food & Fun has all the favorite indoor activities covered. Varied attractions keep kids and adults entertained all day long, and the bodacious all-you-can-eat buffet means never having to say you’re hungry.