Since the dawn of time, Americans have battled one constant enemy: rocks. The mineral-aggregates come in three, equally deadly varieties: Igneous, Metamorphic, and Dragonsbane.
Scientists blame rocks for the 1985 Rock Squashing of Richard Branson, the 1986 Toledo Avalanche that killed native son Jamie Farr, and the declining popularity of the Pledge of Allegiance. Luckily, Dallas Rocks uses its own faux-rock climbing walls, so Americans may finally experience the thrill of rock climbing without being flimflammed.
Today's Groupon gets you a four-day rock-climbing pass, a half-hour class with a skilled instructor, and all the equipment you need at Dallas Rocks, the biggest rock-climbing facility in town. With more than 14,000 square feet of faux-rock climbing terrain and the largest lead cave in the state (1,200 square feet), the set-up at Dallas Rocks will challenge novice climbers, expert scalers, and babies with better-than-average upper-body strength.
If you're new to rock-climbing or don't remember how to abseil and belay, don't worry about it. The expert, friendly staff at Dallas Rocks will teach everything you need to know to climb safely during the first-day's half-hour class.
Climbing in a rock gym is nothing like grappling the plywood-and-plastic climbing walls at a company picnic or scolding a child in a public setting. Rock-gym walls mimic the conditions of real rocks (faces, sharp angles, and varied holds included). Veteran climbers say rock climbing is sort of like training and running a marathon, but you get the adrenaline rush in shorter, more intensely concentrated spurts.
Indoor climbing is a great way for someone to get started, a perfect post-work exercise, or a climb-during-inclement-weather alternative for experienced climbers who want continuous practice. Best of all, this isn't a one-time deal. You get four days of climbing with this pass. That's plenty of time for a beginner to develop some real skills or an expert to fit in worthwhile practice. The four days are flexible: use them consecutively or spread them out over the year. You can even bring a friend and use one of your days as credit to get him or her in for free.
- This gym is absolutely amazing. The walls are SUPER tall. The angles are super duper kick ass. The staff was more than helpful and were able to answer all of our questions. The location is excellent. – Cletus, Yahoo! Local
- The walls are insane and they change the routes a lot, so you don't get the same thing all the time....It's a great place to get stronger... – OD_MD, Yahoo! Local
- This place is awesome.... friendly staff (BA is great!), ever changing and challenging routes, good hours, location and rates, and marvelous instruction. – Katie G., Yelp
Crisscrossed with more than 100 boulder problems and 60 climbing routes at any one time, the 14,000 square feet of indoor climbing space at Dallas Rocks offers a challenging workout for everyone from expert climbers to those who have never seen a rock. Climbing walls reach up to 35 feet, and the “Big Tex” bouldering wall challenges experienced climbers with 120 linear feet of 70-degree overhang. Split down the middle between bouldering and route climbing, the climbing area is constantly being refreshed with new routes and problems, delighting members but rankling anyone who has to take the routes every morning on the way to work.
To accommodate fitness-seekers looking for variety in their workouts, the rock shop boasts a fitness center filled with free weights, heavy bags, stationary bikes, and exercise machines. Additionally, experienced personal trainers can help patrons plan a workout strategy designed specifically to enhance their rock climbing or skyscraper scaling.