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.
As the mother of three children, Tara started taking Zumba classes as a way to get back in shape. Not only did she quickly see results, she also had fun moving her body to the Latin-inspired beats. Now a certified Zumba instructor, Tara introduces others to this upbeat fitness craze during one-hour classes.
Home to the state's largest freestanding bouldering island, New Jersey Rock Gym houses 12,000 square feet of vertical terrain to climb as well as 41 top roping stations. Armed with either day passes or membership, guests scamper up the gym's synthetic summits, hoping to ask questions of the learned ceiling light sequestered at the top of the mountain. While gear is included with some membership options, guests can opt to bring their own materials or rent the individual shoes ($5), harnesses ($4), or chalk bags ($2) they need from the pro shop. New Jersey Rock Gym offers a collection of educational course work in the vertical arts, teaching belay technique to beginners or advanced skills to adults. Children can also take advantage of youth climbing programs, mini camps, and birthday parties before retiring to private refreshment chambers to absorb bottles of electrolyte-infused refreshment. The nearby pro shop outfits climbers with name-brand gear for purchase, while a WiFi lounge transmits terabytes of data into nearby electronic devices or unsecured cyborg brains.
Your excursion will depart from the north side of 43rd Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues, at 9:00 a.m. Because Urban Escapes doesn't like to wait around for latecomers, make sure to get there 20 minutes early. During this time you can make combat buddies in line and give each other cool tough-guy code names such as Iron Steel and Millard Fillmore. A bus will pick up your newly formed militia and transport you to New Breed Paintball in West Milford, NJ, about an hour away from the city. After checking in, you'll spend about two hours traversing private fields under the unblinking eye of watchful referees, dodging airborne paintballs as if they were so many rabid butterflies.
With more than 20,000 New York singles lining its shelves, Meet Market Adventures offers free online dating, plus imaginative offline events. Shuck off shyness during the Singles Walking Wine & Spirits Crawl, which lets solitary sippers swish and swirl their way to common ground. Join in on an evening of witty banter with the Singles Comedy Night, or join a team of four people for the Singles Amazing Race & Scavenger Hunt, a frenetic Benny Hill dash about town that creates ideal conditions for sparks and zero openings for awkward first-date silences. Dog lovers can unleash their ardor during Dog Day Afternoon, a perfect way to test out puppy love and respective resistance to allergies. With admission to three events, participants will have several chances to meet other singles, try out a new activity or venue in the city, and dust off decrepit datebooks long relegated to doorstop status.
On Luxury Hunters’ scavenger hunts, sleuths use smartphones—which participants must provide themselves—to nab photos and videos of luxury goods that they uncover throughout New York City. At each event's kick-off, adventurers gear up for competition by reviewing the sponsor’s upscale goods and visualizing the high-end dinner prizes up for grabs. Next, vagabonds rush out to numerous trendy restaurants, shops, and bars to hunt down luxury products. Prey includes items from high-end brands such as Alma Tequila, Perugina Chocolate, The Film Annex, and more, representing a wide range of interests and vowel combinations. At a complimentary concluding soiree, guests may receive prizes based on the quality of their photos, and all guests depart with swag.