Contrary to what one might assume, rock climbing is not the opposite of rock tumbling, though it is still inadvisable to enjoy both activities concurrently. Tumble upward with today's Groupon: for $39, you get a one-month membership, a private On Belay introductory class, and one month of equipment rental at Boulders Climbing Gym (a $114 value).
Boulders Climbing Gym’s more than 8,000 square feet of sculptured climbing walls provide ample crawl space for beginners finding their rock legs for the first time and veterans testing their vertical limits. Members freely scale indoor cliffs and outcroppings during open-climbing hours, gripping clay handholds made in-house, which provide the realistic, rocky feel that plastic handholds and wall-mounted dinosaur skulls lack. An introductory On Belay class acts as a refresher course for seasoned pros and indoctrinates novice spider-people into basic belay and rope practices designed to keep climbers safe and comfortable. Learn to tie figure-eight knots before easing into control techniques that allow you to raise and lower yourself or your climbing partner with minimal discomfort. Additional member benefits provide discounts on classes and gear rental at the pro shop.
Boulders Climbing Gym
In 1996, a group of climbers wanted to create a safe space where they could regularly experience the adrenaline rush of scaling walls while sharing that passion with the community. In turn, they erected more than 8,000 square feet of climbing surface area at Boulders Climbing Gym. It's marked by steep overhangs and dappled with clay holds that are made in-house, which give the walls a sense of authenticity with respect to common holds made out of plastic or recycled cereal marshmallows. Able to accommodate climbers of all ages and experience levels, the gym’s walls facilitate three types of climbing ranging from roped-in lead climbing to bouldering, a more freestyle brand of climbing. Before beginners head to climb, Boulders’ expertly trained staff dedicate about 15 minutes to teach basic climbing techniques such as safely handling the ropes and executing flawless Spiderman impressions. Along with free-climbing sessions, Boulders also offers a host of programs and classes that include everything from yoga to team building to kid’s summer camps. Guests can also by book a party room to celebrate birthdays and other special occasions.
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