What You'll Get
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 to climbers' paradise: for $38, you get a first-time-visit orientation session, which includes complete equipment rental and a safety lesson, and a one-month unlimited climbing pass from Inside Moves Indoor Rock Climbing (a $77 total value), located in Byron Center.
Indoor climbing is nothing like grappling a testy fence or chasing a thieving monkey through the zoo. Rock-gym walls are covered with state-of-the-stone textured holds that mimic the conditions of true geology (indentions, protrusions, overhangs, underhangs, and cracks included). Traverse this terrain with a first-time-visit orientation session ($22), which includes equipment rental and a safety lesson. With the basics on belaying and bridging covered, clients can delve into top rope (in which you climb supported from a rope running from the base up to an anchor at the climb's summit and back down to you) and lead climbing (in which you take the rope with you and tie into sporadic safety holds as you ascend), as well as bouldering (a rope-free routine with shorter, more-intense moves at lower altitudes). A one-month unlimited pass ($55) grants Inside Moves' climbers with myriad opportunities to scurry up the facility's climbing terrains as they slowly but surely evolve into the tree-climbing goats of Morocco.
Inside Moves' experienced instructors dote on their new climbers like mother eagles, chewing up all the necessary techniques and equipment-handling procedures into an easy-to-swallow form before shoving students off the edge of the cliff and hoping they soar. Before you know it, your hands will transform into rubber suckers that emit pleasant popping noises as you clamber up, down, and over Inside Moves' wide swaths of varied, realistic climbing terrain. Call ahead to schedule your initial orientation at Inside Moves.
Climbing gear is only provided for your first-time session—it will need to be rented or provided by you for subsequent visits.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Dec 2, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Climbing gear only provided at first visit. Appointment required for first visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Inside Moves Indoor Rock Climbing
Inside Moves' sprawling indoor-climbing facility invites mountaineers of all skill levels to scale its many craggy walls, nooks, and ledges. Instructors are always on hand for safety tutorials, as well as lessons in top-rope, and boulder-style climbing. Unharnessed climbers can also pilot the facility's low overhangs, which have variable hand grips to mimic a real rockface and black rubber padding to catch you when the mountain decides to "just be friends."