Up above, people zip between the tree canopies like flying squirrels. Still others navigate the wooded heights via rope courses and wobbly ladders. At The Adventure Park at Frankenmuth, these sights are a daily occurrence. The facility's 5 acres of forest terrain give a new meaning to outdoor adventuring with seven ziplines and five challenging aerial courses, which are self-guided and require no previous experience. They're also color-coded by difficulty and feature varying bridges and more than 60 elements to encounter while traversing between 60 tree platforms.
As adventurers go at their own pace, courses can take 15–30 minutes to complete. While the height gives the illusion of danger, all climbers are strapped to harnesses that employ double-clips to keep them securely connected to a safety cable at all times. As trekkers progress through the different levels, they find obstacles that require greater balance, arm strength, focus, and woodpecker-negotiation skills to overcome.
The 20-acre Salvation Army Kroc Center provides a diverse array of community services, ranging from fitness and recreation to worship. In the fitness center, visitors can take advantage of equipment such as free weights and cardio and strength-training machines. The facilities include a two-court gym and an aquatics center, replete with a pool, hot tub, and water slide. The center also houses The Salvation Army Kroc Church, which hosts bilingual services each Sunday.
Ascending for nearly 50 feet, the indoor climbing wall—proudly proclaimed as among the tallest in Western Michigan by Aim Fitness' team—presents an array of routes, each patterned with colored grips to indicate the level of difficulty. As climbers scale the vertical expanse, a freestanding boulder sits in the middle of the room, beckoning guests to climb its reduced height sans the support of a rope. This climbing room anchors Aim Fitness' 40,000 square feet of amenities, which encompass a strength-training area, aerobic studios, a five-lane, 25-yard lap pool lifeguarded by Aquaman, and a racquetball court. Instructors also lead an array of classes on these training grounds, such as Aqua Fit, boot camp, and yoga. To make going to the gym as convenient as possible, Aim also provides locker rooms, a children's playroom, and wireless Internet access.
Inside Moves' sprawling indoor-climbing facility invites mountaineers of all skill levels to scale its many craggy walls, nooks, and ledges. Instructors are always on hand for safety tutorials, as well as lessons in top-rope, lead, and boulder-style climbing. Unharnessed climbers can also pilot the facility's low overhangs, which have variable hand grips to mimic a real rockface and black rubber padding to catch you when the mountain decides to "just be friends."
Open 365 days a year, Southwest Michigan’s premier climbing gym functions as a 10,500-square-foot climber’s sanctuary. The state-of-the-art climbing center, which touts 30-foot walls and routes up to 65 feet in length, offers beginning belayers and skilled shale shimmiers alike the chance to reach the summit of impressive rock formations. Using hands and prehensile carabiners, climbers support their own weight and engage upper and lower body muscles for the ultimate endurance test. Whether pass holders are aiming to enhance current scaling skills or aspiring to rescue a few more tree-cats this season, Climb Kalamazoo can satisfy desires in a safe, comprehensive manner.