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. Learn to tumble upward with today's Groupon: for $35, you get a beginner climbing package for two at Elite Climbing (a $70 value) in Maple Shade. The recently renovated Elite Climbing, formerly known as Vertical Reality, boasts 17 top rope stations, two expansive bouldering areas, and more than 120 problems (climbing sequences). A beginner package includes everything novice wall-scalers need to achieve an altitude boost, including an introductory belay and safety lesson, full gear rental, and all-day climbing passes. Grab a trustworthy friend, colleague, or postal service worker, and prepare for next year's scavenger hunt on Mt. Rushmore.
What might look like walls dotted with large wads of bubblegum to beginners, soon transforms into a network of pathways after students complete indoor rock climbing courses at Elite Climbing. The experienced staff are always onsite to lend a hand, even outside of class time, and demonstrate a sport that requires both physical and mental agility. With bouldering and top roping walls, both amateur and expert climbers can find an adequate challenge as they master 120 climbing routes from 19 stations. Kids can also get in on the action, during classes and summer camps that keep them from getting grounded for rappelling off the neighbor's roof.