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Today’s Groupon gets you two 60-minute rock climbing lessons, two days of all-day climbing after your lessons, and all the equipment you need at Hangar 18.
Take your pick of any of three Hangar 18 locations in Upland, Riverside, or Hawthorne. Use the Groupon to get two days for yourself or bring a friend along. With more than 34,000 square feet of textured climbing terrain, world-class bouldering, and massive caves featuring routes up to 70 feet long, Hangar 18’s fake rocks are fit for kings who rule the wall with an iron fist made out of gold. The new Riverside facility has one of the largest freestanding bouldering walls in the country and 10 times as much roped climbing as any other gym in Riverside. The Upland location has a massive bouldering wall, two huge top-rope areas, an enormous cave, and a 40-foot-long roof climb across the ceiling, 40 feet off of the ground.
In the 60-minute lesson, rock-groping newbies get schooled on every aspect of the climbing craft:
- The equipment: Do my legs or my arms go in this harness loop?
- Knots: How do I tie a Monkey’s Fist?
- Belaying: What is this?
- Commands: What to tell your rope-holding partner. Also, when you say, “Whoa,” to your horse, you must only say it because you want to stop, not slow down.
Climbing in a rock gym is nothing like grappling the plywood-and-plastic climbing walls at a company picnic or building a batting cage in your backyard. Rock-gym walls are covered with state-of-the-art textured products that mimic the conditions of real rocks (indentions, protrusions, overhangs, underhangs, and cracks 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, or is a perfect after-work and climb-during-inclement-weather alternative for experienced climbers who want continuous practice.
The adrenaline rush of rock climbing is beyond comparison. As you climb the rock, you might play out fantasies about the rock climbing you in return. As rock climbing enters your life, you may discover that you have trouble accurately carrying out everyday tasks because you are unable to shift your consciousness away from rock climbing.
Buy a few Groupons and learn how to climb with people you trust. Buy three and learn to climb with people you’re highly suspicious of and friends you trust watching them.
Yelpers give Hangar 18 a perfect five stars, Insider Pages reviewers give it four stars, and Citysearchers give it 4.5. > * Wow! What a state-of-the-art climbing gym! I have been to quite a few climbing gyms and none so far compares to Hangar 18 in Riverside…I can’t say enough good things about the staff… If you are a newbie, you will definitely be in good hands. – Debbie Y., Yelp > * I absolutely love this place! from the moment i walked in i knew i was going to have a great time. state of the art facility. Huge facility! Crash pads surrounding the entire bouldering area. the friendliest and most helpful staff around. – Dustin T., Yelp > * Hanger 18 has the tallest indoor routes of any Socal indoor gym I know… The bouldering area is really good. The staff redo it frequently. I am very impressed with Hanger 18. – Janic L., Insider Pages
Surgeon General's Warning
When rock climbing, balance may be disrupted by normal bodily functions (breathing, massive coronary attacks, etc.). Childbirth is the most disruptive—it’s also the most dangerous. Juggling a newborn at high altitudes is challenging (unless the umbilical chord is improbably tied in a belay harness at birth). Due to these risks, third-trimester pregnant women are not allowed to participate in today’s amazing deal on a beginner’s rock climbing lesson.
With more than 55,000 square feet of climbing surfaces, Hangar 18 offers ample terrain for climbers of all skill levels. From first-timers just learning to belay to seasoned climbers seeking a vertical challenge, athletes of all stripes can find suitable terrain and helpful assistance from experienced staff members. At the various Hangar 18 outposts, climbers can find top ropes and lead routes circling freestanding boulders, challenging crack climbs, and 40-foot roof climbs. And, after traversing 70-foot routes through lead caves and descending towering boulders, climbers can decompress in a yoga class.