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 $6, you get an adult day pass (a $13.25 value) to Gainesville Rock Gym. The gym recommends that you bring a partner to climb with.
With heaps of handholds set on walls in an array of angles, Gainesville Rock Gym's riveting routes challenge climbers of any age or experience level. Composed of rock grapplers who have climbed grueling crags around the world, the gym's experienced climbing staff helps vertical adventurers ascend through numerous routes to expand their skills and tap into their inner tree frog. After signing a waiver, a mandatory free belay class is scheduled for all new climbers. Igneous ascenders can then partner up and attempt to traverse oddball overhangs and tall routes that stretch to the ceiling. Though equipment is not included, first-time rock wranglers can rent a harness, carabiner, belay device, and shoes (all for $5.50), as well as a limited number of helmets ($1) to avoid having to don an unfashionable colander.
- Ahhh, home base. I learned to climb here and still love this place. They have the best bouldering cave and incline! – Angela N., 4/27/09
- Staff is friendly. Been here only a few times, but from what I can tell their bouldering course is solid. Definitely a lot of regulars come here. Their challenging climbs are very hard, and their easy one is very easy. – sanjida s., 6/27/09
Gainesville Rock Gym
The Gainesville Rock Gym staff cultivates years of international climbing experience as they shepherd visitors up the sheer faces and overhangs of their spacious gym. The facility's array of classes instruct single or small groups on all aspects of cliff facing, from anchor setting to lead climbing to yodeling SOS distress calls. Instructors help trainees hone teamwork and technique on special retreats or boost range of motion and flexibility during challenging workout sessions. To lift the sport to even greater heights, Gainesville Rock Gym also sponsors the UF Climbing Team, which placed second in the nation two years in a row.