Some people are born to run. Some are born to scramble up and down walls and ceilings like a Tokay gecko. Unleash your inner lizard with today's Groupon: for $55, you get a four-hour introduction to climbing trip, plus a guide and all necessary gear, from Front Range Climbing Company (a $180 value).
Conquer height itself at either Mission Gorge or Mt. Woodson. The gorge features sweet, fine-grain-metamorphosed granite that has eroded into some most excellent holds, while Mt. Woodson sports lumpy boulders—the very gizzards of the earth—to scramble about with uninhibited glee. The staff at Front Range will help you decide which trip is right for you.
During the four-hour ascension into sub-outer space, gravity-bound life forms learn basic safety procedures and vital sky-ascending techniques, such as knot-tying and belaying. Front Range supplies all of the necessary equipment (harness, helmet, chisels for carving Herbert Hoover's face into the cliff). You just provide the snacks, water, sun protection, and comfortable and weather-appropriate shoes and clothes. Determined climbers will reach picturesque, sky-piercing summits, earn the right to gaze at awe-inspiring views, and christen a notable rock Brian Dennehy.
Hilltop-defeaters will feel comfortable and secure with the Front Range Climbing staffers, who adhere to strict safety standards and have years of rock-grappling experience. Because class sizes are limited, call ahead to make a reservation and discuss a meeting spot.
Trips subject to availability and weather. Climbers 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Front Range Climbing Company
Front Range Climbing Company's certified climbing instructors know the best routes around the mountains of the west and the southwest. In Colorado, they may also trek into the world-renowned Garden of the Gods—a formation of red rocks near Colorado Springs—and Red Rock Canyon, which offers visitors the largest rock climbing park in the Pike's Peak region. The company tailors trips to both beginning and experienced climbers.