Rock climbing for the first time, like returning to your old high school as a new teacher, generally ends with chalk on your hands and an unexpected wedgie. Face your fears with this Groupon.
Choose from Four Options
$34 for a one-week climbing package (up to a $167 total value)
- One week of unlimited climbing (up to a $105 value)
- Two group bouldering classes (a $10 value each)
- One week of gear rentals, including a harness, shoes, and a chalk bag (up to a $42 value)<p>
$60 for a one-week climbing package for two (up to a $334 total value) that includes the above for both climbers
$75 for a one-month climbing package (up to a $343 total value) * A one-month membership with unlimited climbing (a $133 value, including $85 initiation fee) * Three group bouldering classes (a $10 value each) * One month of gear rentals, including a harness, shoes, and a chalk bag (up to a $180 value)<p>
$120 for a one-month climbing package for two (up to a $594 total value) that includes the above for both climbers<p>
Group bouldering classes are held on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Bouldering is a form of climbing that requires no ropes, though the gym eases students into the practice with a traditional top-rope wall. Once outfitted with all the necessary gear, climbers fling themselves at one of the gym’s climbing courses, such as the 18-foot-high top-out bouldering wall. Each craggy challenge is ringed round with 12 inches of seamless padding for soft landings and post-climb naptime. Weeklong passes and one-month memberships give visitors free reign over the gym’s other amenities, such as the full fitness studio, locker rooms, and saunas. All climbers must sign a waiver before scaling the walls, and any Groupon customer who becomes a full member will have their initiation fee waived.<p>
Bridges Rock Gym
A chalky hand swings over the top of the wall, grasping onto the red hold embedded in its surface. After a tense moment, a second hand swings up, pulling the rest of the climber's body up with it. Having successfully scaled the boulder, the climber scurries back down the wall she has just conquered, swapping places with her spotter below.
This cycle repeats throughout the day at Bridges Rock Gym, spurred on by a crew of climbing enthusiasts and instructors who initiate people into the low-altitude sport of bouldering. That form of climbing emphasizes solving climbing problems and chasing archaeologists through ancient caves. The gym unleashes visitors' inner mountain goats with their well-maintained climbing facilities, including an overhanging indoor-climbing cave that thoroughly punishes muscles into growth and top-rope climbing walls that help beginners get the hang of scaling the crag.
While specializing in the art of ascents, Bridges also bolsters patron fitness. Yoga and fitness classes, as well as a fleet of cardio equipment, facilitate heart-strengthening workouts. Waves of free WiFi allow mountaineers uninterrupted access to videos of their pet rocks, best enjoyed with a fresh house-made juice or sandwich in the gym's lounge.
5635 San Diego St.
El Cerrito, California 94530Get Directions