Mankind's underdeveloped climbing skills and inability to digest tin cans are two ways in which evolution left humans inferior to goats. It’s mind over Matterhorn with today's Groupon: for $45, you get a 90-minute indoor rock-climbing class for two at The Bouldering Garden on Saint Charles Road (a $98 value). Indoor classes include all safety equipment and take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.
Strewn with simulated caverns, stalactites, and overhangs, The Bouldering Garden's expansive indoor mountainscape backdrops a high-adrenaline date night or birthday celebration as pairs hone their clambering prowess in a safe environment. Climbers strap on helmets, lace up harnesses, and follow the lead of a seasoned instructor who demonstrates the most effective ways to massage Mother Nature’s weathered skin. Fears of heights and cave-dwelling yetis soon give way to waves of excitement as climbers learn the intricacies of rappelling and belaying. Open-format classes with more laid-back instruction are available to couples with previous climbing experience, and this Groupon can also be applied toward the cost of a formal certification class, outdoor class, or weekend trip.
The Bouldering Garden
The Bouldering Garden presents a thriving, indoor oasis of climbing apparatuses, including a pair of copious caves, a tread wall, a balancing board, and a large stalactite. Designed primarily for bouldering, the facility brims with training opportunities for advanced climbers, as well as learning opportunities for students of the sport. Professional instructors consistently roam the grounds to maintain a safe environment during rock climbing games or rope challenges, and soft landing pads strewn across the floors and in the snake pit absorb falls in a cushy manner that justifies their annual spot atop the Christmas lists of crash-test dummies. In addition to its rocky endeavors, The Bouldering Garden also leads zip-lining adventures, and its onsite shop stocks visitors with the latest in climbing gear. The center also promotes the sport as a healthy family activity and offers discounts for parent-child memberships.
5400 St. Charles Rd.
Columbia, Missouri 65201