What You'll Get
Mankind's feeble climbing skills and inability to digest delicious tin cans are two ways in which evolution left humans inferior to goats. Channel an inner mountain goat with today's Groupon: you get a day pass or belaying class at Austin Rock Gym, with two locations in Austin. Choose from the following options:
- For $5, you get a youth day pass (ages 10 and younger), valid at the North and South Austin Rock Gym locations (a $10 value).
- For $8, you get a day pass (age 11 and older), valid at the North and South Austin Rock Gym locations (a $15 value). Access to using ropes contingent on belay certification through training course.
- For $12, you get for a belay-training course (a $25 value). This deal is valid at the South location only.
Austin Rock Gym’s indoor facilities abound with challenging terrain for seasoned stone-scalers as well as accessible features for casual and beginning climbers. Adult and youth day passes grant unlimited one-day access to all climbing features at either gym location. Earn your calluses clambering about the South Austin Rock Gym’s nearly 10,000 square feet of climbing terrain, including 30-foot vertical faces and daunting overhangs, best negotiated with geckos fastened to your fingers. The North Austin Rock Gym’s state-of-the-art bouldering features—including a replica called The Feather— enable climbers to practice unfettered by ropes and harnesses while above a cushiony crash pad, refreshingly bereft of slacker roommates and lingering smells of ramen noodles.
Climbers experienced with ATC or Petzl GriGri belaying devices can take a free skills test to access top-rope climbing features, while beginners can enroll in a belay-training class at the South Austin Rock Gym location. The nearly two-hour interactive course (time depends on how fast students learn) covers safety essentials, rope management skills, and potentially lifesaving quotes from the 1993 Sylvester Stallone epic, Cliffhanger. Along with training from Austin Rock’s experienced stable of laid-back, boulder-savvy instructors, the training course also gets you a day pass and gear rental.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires May 12, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Belay classes available only at Freidrich Lane location. Must be belay certified. Must be 14 or older for Belay classes, registration req'd at least 30 min. prior to course. Waiver required. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Austin Rock Gym
Austin Rock Gym has been present in the climbing community since 1998. From beginner to advanced climbers, they have something for all skill levels. Austin Rock Gym offers a variety of instructional opportunities beginning for climbers as young as 4 years of age. The staff is dedicated to providing a space that is safe and offers a friendly atmosphere with a knowledgeable staff. There is a full-time route setter that curated route setting to develop the users' skill sets and prepare them for outdoors.