Though sometimes difficult, climbing can be rewarding, especially when summiting Mount Everest or scaling a fence to escape from a Tyrannosaurus Rex pen. Build up to monumental climbs with today's Groupon to MetroRock in Everett and Newburyport. Choose from the following options:
- For $49, you get an intro to climbing package (up to a $185 total value), which includes:
- One 90-minute Basic Top Rope Climber class (a $40 value)
- A one-month membership (up to an $85 value)
- Full-package equipment rental for month of membership (a $10 value/visit or roughly $60 average value).
- For $129, you get a 10-day climbing package (up to a $262 total value), which includes:
- 10-pass punch card (up to a $162 value)
- Full-package equipment rental for 10 days (a $10 value/visit)
- For $299, you get admission for 10–20 people to the two-hour High Ropes Challenge Course, valid at the Everett location only (a $35 value/person; up to a $700 total value).
MetroRock's indoor facilities foster vertical exploration with help from experienced instructors and various climbing terrains. During the Basic Top Rope Climber class, students bedecked in rental equipment and anti-gravity shorts master scaling essentials, such as knot tying, safety commands, and harnessing skills to help ace MetroRock's belay check. More-experienced guests use the 10-pass punch card to don shoes, harnesses, belay ATCs, and chalk before paving paths toward the ceiling on one of the area's handgrip-speckled climbing walls. Swarms of up to 20 people can spend two hours exploring the High Ropes Challenge course, perched 25 feet above the ground with a web of rope obstacles and a zipline, which fosters balance and trains actors for roles in Planet of the Apes.
Within both MetroRock locations, visitors ascend via bouldering walls and rope-climbing walls or take to aerobic exercise machines and fitness equipment to build strength. With this setup available to climbers of all skill levels, the founders of the climbing arenas achieved their goal of creating a community where scalers can congregate, share their passions, and hone their climbing skills.
During indoor and outdoor classes, instructors create lessons that help each climber reach their goals. Indoor courses help instill students with basic climbing skills, rescue techniques, or the brute strength needed for bouldering or to intimidate mountains out of their lunch money. Outdoors, American Mountain Guide Association and Single Pitch–certified instructors teach alpinists skills that include how to secure top-rope anchors and how to climb ice or scale for sport. The centers' founders and their teams also organize climbing-centric programming that includes youth climbing teams and team-building events that challenge groups while forming bonds.