What You'll Get
Today’s Groupon will help you find the inner mountain goat hiding inside your secret inner Batcave: for $25, you’ll get an introductory climbing class and a two-week membership to the Boston Rock Gym (a $58 value). This is a great opportunity for beginning ascenders to learn the ropes and slopes of rock climbing. Participants must be at least 12 years old to participate in the class (though there are youth programs not covered by this Groupon), and there is no upper age limit. You’re never too old to defiantly defy the tyranny of gravity.
The introductory class will teach you the skills you need to scale up, down, and side to side on the manmade peaks within the facilities. The indoor climbing environment makes a pleasant, safe learning space, free of "mythological" thunderbirds and obnoxious yellow Hummer H3s. You’ll learn about essential climbing gear and techniques during the three-hour course, and your teacher will be one of several certified mountaineers with multiple years of experience under their harnesses. The class includes rental of climbing shoes, harness, belay device, and chalk bag. Once you’ve completed the course and can successfully pass the belay test, you’ll be cleared to conquer. Classes are offered on weekends from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Monday, Friday, and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. You must call to schedule your class time in advance.
There are several walls of varying difficulty inside Boston Rock Gym. With plenty of routes for novices, you won’t need to worry about a steep learning curve; once you get the hang of it, you’ll be reaching the summits with ease. Your two weeks of climbing entitles you to unlimited climbs within that period, giving you the chance to challenge yourself with more difficult routes and finally prove to your father that you aren’t a quitter. The two weeks also cover gear rental, which is normally $7 per visit. Even if you’re not ready to move on to the next level, the grip placements are frequently moved, baffling climbing spies and ensuring that you’ll never take the same route twice. The gym is open seven days a week and is conveniently located just off I-95 and 93.
Note: All participants need to sign a waiver prior to climbing, and a legal guardian must sign for climbers under 18.
Yelpers give the Boston Rock Gym four stars:
- I have no previous rock climbing experience and am quite scared of heights, but I had an absolutely fantastic, exhilarating time at the Boston Rock Gym. The staff was incredibly helpful, relaxed, and encouraging… – Alex S.
- My climbing class was a success and went on to climbing for years to come!...I liked this place when I was first starting because it was great for beginners. It did have a lot of places for me to climb! Also, when I progressed and got better...It had plenty of marked off places for incredible climbing as well. – Kathy S.
- The climbers are "real" enthusiasts...Here, you are part of a real community of climbers - an evolution nurtured by the new managment [sic]. – Charlie L.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Oct 14, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Must be 12 years or older. Reservation required. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Boston Rock Gym
Certified by the American Mountain Guides Association, the staff of climbing instructors at Boston Rock Gym teach torsos how to ascend altitudes with indoor-, outdoor-, and youth-climbing activities. The savvy instructors lead the way around the facility’s more than 40 ropes, which set the stage for both group and private indoor lessons, as well as open climbing sessions in which self-guided climbers reach for neon-colored handgrips while being supported by auto-belay devices. Outdoors, students learn to navigate nature’s authentic slabs during lessons and clinics that start with the basics and graduate up to advanced ice-climb maneuvers. Additionally, the facility’s youth programs cater to smaller grips and aim to boost self-confidence while preparing children for the physical-fitness portion of the SAT.