The road less traveled is often the more fulfilling one, especially when it bypasses Robert Frost’s tiger pits. Diverge from a rote route with today’s Groupon to Central Rock Gym. Choose between the following options:
- For $45, you get an introductory climbing package (up to a $116.50 total value), which includes:
- Two-hour Introduction to Climbing class (a $40 value)
Two-week membership (a $27.50 value) and a waived initiation fee (a $49 value; a $76.50 total value)<p>
- For $25, you get $50 worth of climbing services and gear.<p>
Central Rock Gym’s 14,000 square feet of climbing, 15- to 40-foot-tall walls, and separate beginners’ area entice climbers of all skill levels. In the two-hour Introduction to Climbing class, expert instructors guide novice wall clingers through the basics of belaying, plus teach fundamental skills such as proper footwork, effective warm-ups, and proper etiquette when dining with a yeti. The hands-on method of the class prepares burgeoning climbers for their two-week membership at the gym, where guests take advantage of unlimited climbing with 3,500 square feet of bouldering and more than 60 climbing stations. Members also hone their physiques with free weights, yoga and Pilates classes, and exercise equipment while taking advantage of discounts for retail goods and instructional sessions. Gift cards equip climbers with Central Rock Gym’s day passes and gear rental ($14 adult day pass), with equipment ranging from harnesses and shoes ($2–$4) to antigravity boots.
Central Rock Gym
Climbers cling to the carefully placed hand grips, strategizing their way up the side of the rock-like cliff. They have come to Glastonbury to conquer the Central Rock Gym's 20,000 square-foot climbing wall, reaching 40' in height. The facility features climbing walls that range from beginner to advanced levels. Experts guide novice climbers through introductory classes, including the required beginner's class, or supervise more seasoned members scaling the walls' highest heights. Memberships unlock access to all four facilities, gear for the first month, and the use exercise equipment and weights. In addition, memberships grant access to fitness areas, yoga classes, instruction, and other benefits.